Root Canal Treatment

Eliminate Dental Infection with a Root Canal Procedure

If you are suffering from a dental infection, a root canal procedure can save your tooth and preserve your long-term oral health. During treatment, your dentist can remove damaged tissue, clean the inner chambers of the tooth, and fill it with a rubber-like substance for added protection. Combining extensive experience with advanced technology, Dr. Edward J. Hebert and Dr. Scott M. Hannaman can properly diagnose a dental infection. While we typically refer Lake Charles, LA, patients to a local endodontist for root canal therapy, we can provide stunning same-day restorations once the infection has been removed.

Do You Need Treatment?

If you have a dental infection, your dentist may prescribe root canal therapy. When tooth decay spreads from the enamel to the inside of the tooth, the innermost tissues, known as the pulp, can become inflamed and infected. Dental infection can cause intense discomfort as well as shifting teeth or even tooth loss. As a result, it is critical to receive timely treatment to protect your smile. Signs that you may need root canal therapy include:

  • Noticeable discomfort when chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods
  • Pain when pressure is applied to the area near the affected tooth
  • Tenderness or inflammation of the gums
  • Discoloration or small bumps along the gums
  • Darkening tooth enamel
  • A tooth that wiggles or is loose

Not all patients with dental infection experience pain, which is why it is imperative to visit your dentist for biannual checkups. During these visits we can identify any signs of decay or infection and recommend appropriate treatment before the condition progresses.

During treatment, we can remove infected tissue, disinfect the inner chambers, and fill the tooth with a rubber-like material.

The Procedure

After carefully evaluating your smile, as well as taking advanced digital images when necessary, we can determine whether you require root canal therapy. If you proceed with treatment, your endodontist can carefully numb your tooth and nearby gum tissue to ensure your comfort. The doctor can then create a small pilot hole in the outer portion of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. After removing infected tissue, your doctor can disinfect the root canals and gently reshape them, before filling the tooth with a rubber-like substance.

We value convenience and efficiency and are proud to provide patients with same-day porcelain crowns.

Once complete, you can return to our office to receive your restoration. We can use advanced CEREC technology to take digital impressions of your tooth, which will be used to fabricate your custom dental crown. At our practice, we value convenience and efficiency and are proud to provide patients with same-day porcelain crowns. These restorations are durable, and they blend seamlessly with natural teeth for beautiful results. Our CEREC system is located on-site, so we can design and place your crown in a single appointment. A crown covers the entire visible portion of the tooth, protecting it from future reinfection.

Preserve Your Smile

A root canal procedure at our practice can rejuvenate your oral health and smile. If you are experiencing any dental pain or discomfort, call us today at (337) 474-4892, or schedule your appointment online.