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Scott M. Hannaman, DDS
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Root Canal Treatment

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At Scott M. Hannaman, DDS our entire dental team believes that patient education is a crucial part of helping people make the best decisions about their oral health. We encourage you to ask questions when you have them. For your convenience, the dental team at Scott M. Hannaman, DDS, has included some of the most common questions we hear below. If your question is not listed here, please give our dental office a call or ask us when you are in for your next dental appointment or dental cleaning in Lake Charles, LA.

Root Canal Treatment

image of a patient with tooth pain in need of a root canal or dental implants lake charles la

Dental Implants

Dr. Hannaman and Dr. Hebert perform implants in our office or in conjunction with a periodontist or oral surgeon.  Our in-office implant placement involves up-to-date technology to allow CBCT (3-D) guided placement. This allows the doctors to know the exact depth, width, and angle of placement prior to the patient sitting in the chair. The doctors place the implant into the jaw bone and after a three to four month integration period, the doctor will then add an attachment (abutment) to the implant to build the crown, bridge or support for a denture or partial denture. In some cases, you can have a crown placed the same day.

Root Canals in Lake Charles, LA

Dr. Hebert and Dr. Hannaman refer out most root canal treatment to an endodontist. An endodontist is a dental specialist who completes two or more years of additional training following dental school. We provide emergency services to make you comfortable and refer to the endodontist if necessary.

Contact Our 70605 Dentist Office Today 

Don't hesitate to contact our Lake Charles LA dentist office. We are more than happy to answer any other questions you might have about root canals or dental implants!


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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