Damage to the nerve tissue inside of a tooth sometimes requires a root canal procedure. Despite the tales you may have heard regarding the procedure, most root canals are minimally uncomfortable – especially compared to the pain and discomfort you may be feeling before the procedure. Dr. Miedema takes advantage of advances in technology and in dental techniques that make root canal procedures more effective, while taking less time. At many dental practices, a root canal requires two separate appointments, but Dr. Miedema will complete your procedure in just a single visit.
A root canal involves removing the soft tissue within the tooth (the pulp) when it has become infected and inflamed. Dr. Miedema gently files the infected tissue out of the root canals of the tooth (this is where the procedure gets its name) and fills the void with an inert material. The procedure is completed with the placement of a filling or in some cases, a crown.