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Scott M. Hannaman, DDS
A Great Dentist

What happens during a root canal?

Are you worried about an upcoming root canal? It’s very common to feel a twinge of dread about the procedure, but we want to assure you that root canal treatment at our Lake Charles, LA dental office is nothing to fear.

Procedure for Root Canals in Lake Charles, LA 

If our dentist in 70605 recommends a root canal, it’s because you’ve developed an infection or abscess in the innermost part of your tooth called the pulp chamber. The goal of root canals in Lake Charles, LA is to get inside the tooth and eliminate the infection, which also relieves your pain. 

Your comfort is our priority, so Dr. Hannaman will gently administer a topical anesthetic to numb the tooth, and he won’t proceed until he’s sure that you don’t feel anything.

Our dentist then opens up a tiny hole in your tooth to access its' interior and uses specialized instruments to thoroughly remove the infected pulp and tissue. 

The cleaned-out area is then disinfected, filled with a material called gutta-percha, and sealed with a temporary filling. We give the tooth about two weeks to heal and then have you return to our office to place either a permanent filling or a dental crown on the tooth. 

Root canals in Lake Charles, LA are more comfortable than ever before, thanks to technology like digital 3-D CBCT imaging that allows us to carefully pre-plan your procedure. We also offer nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation to help take the edge off of your anxiety and allow you to receive comfortable pain-free treatment.

Do you have a toothache and think you might need a root canal? Call our dentist in 70605, so we can get you on our schedule as soon as possible.​

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