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Root Canal Treatment

Infected root canals can often be painful, but what's worse is the risk of losing the tooth.

Even if the pain stops, the infection can spread to other teeth and even throughout your body.

Dental Solutions in Warsaw, IN, can make root canal treatment painless and, if caught in time, rescue your tooth.

What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal is the interior of a tooth but when most people talk about root canals they are usually referring to the dental treatment used to remove infected pulp in a tooth's root canal. There's another bit of confusion when it comes to root canals. While people talk about the procedure being painful, in truth it's the infection that causes excruciating pain. Treatment using modern dentistry techniques brings welcome relief.

How Infection Spreads to the Interior of a Tooth

Diagram of How Infection Spreads to the Interior of a Tooth

Your teeth contain several layers: the protective outer enamel, the sensitive dentin contained within the enamel, and the inner pulp, which consists of nerves and blood vessels.

If you have a deep cavity or suffer a traumatic injury or tooth fracture, the tooth pulp may be susceptible to bacterial infection. Bacteria can kill the pulp and result in the loss of the tooth, as well as other complications. If you see a dentist in the earliest stages of advanced infection, the outer tooth structure can be saved with root canal therapy, eliminating the need for tooth extraction.

Are You in Pain? Request a Consultation

If you are in pain, we will get you in for a dental procedure as soon as possible. Dr. Stofer and Dental Solutions in Warsaw is recognized for its advanced technology and comprehensive services. Like an endodontist, Dr. Stofer is extensively trained and makes patient-focused care a priority.

Even if you are no longer in pain, you should still visit the dentist and have your tooth examined. That is because the infection may have killed the tooth's nerve and stopped the pain. However, the infection still lingers and can spread to other teeth as well as throughout the body. This can lead to serious complications. Request a consultation using our online form or call:

(574) 269-1199

"The most gentle dentist I've ever been to!"

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Karla Ellis

2021

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Dr. Stofer has been my dentist for about 20 years and always liked him and their friendly staff. My 86 year old mom is staying with us now after breaking her hip and needed emergency dental work. After her procedure was done and as we were going home, her comment was that: "Dr. Stofer was the most gentle dentist she has ever been too." The staff was so kind and friendly. Thank you Dr. Stofer!

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Christina Mitchell

2020

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The office staff were great. Tammy responded quickly to my dental emergency. Dr. Stoffer and his assistant were very kind and helpful. I needed more work than I expected but the doctor explained it clearly. He took his time and I never felt rushed. I highly recommend!

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Early Signs 

of an Infected Root Canal 

While pain is a clear sign that you need to see a dentist, it is not the only sign you may need a root canal procedure. In fact, sometimes infections of the root canal occur without any pain at all.

Dr. Stofer at Dental Solutions in Warsaw can use advanced imaging to determine if you need a root canal treatment or if your pain is related to an abscess, which may or may not require a root canal.

Signs that you may need a root canal treatment include:

  • A toothache when eating or putting pressure on a tooth
  • Pain or sensitivity that lingers after being exposed to hot or cold temperatures
  • A tooth abscess, which may be indicated by a small pimple-like bump on the gums
  • Darkening of the tooth
  • Tenderness or swelling in the gums or jaw

Root Canal Procedure Timeline Get Relief from a Painful Root Canal

During a root canal treatment at Dental Solutions in Warsaw, Dr. Stofer can provide care similar to an endodontist by disinfecting the interior of the tooth and leaving the hard exterior of the tooth intact.

 You can sit back and relax by watching TV during your treatment.
 You can sit back and relax by watching TV during your treatment.

Assessing the Tooth

Dr. Stofer will use digital x-rays or other advanced imaging tools to assess your tooth and root canals. This will help us determine the cause of the infection and how far it has spread.

Ensuring Patient Comfort

Dr. Stofer will carefully numb the area for your root canal. This will ensure you feel little to no pain throughout the procedure. Many patients compare treatment to a dental filling. For patients who are experiencing anxiety or have very sensitive teeth, we also offer nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation.

Accessing the Root Canals

Dr. Stofer will make a small opening in the crown of the tooth so that he can access the tooth's root canal and the pulp.

Disinfecting the Tooth

The next step is to remove the infected pulp and bacteria from the tooth's root canal and disinfect the interior.

Filling and Sealing

Dr. Stofer may place small rods in the tooth canals to strengthen them. After that, he will fill the tooth with a rubber-like dental material before sealing the tooth closed.

Placing the Crown

Most patients will need a dental crown that encases the tooth and strengthens it. In many cases, Dr. Stofer can take an impression of the treated tooth and mill the crown immediately using our sophisticated CEREC technology. In other cases, the crown will be sent to a trusted lab for fabrication and you will wear a temporary crown until the permanent one is placed at a second appointment a few weeks later.

If you avoid getting the correct dental procedure, the infection can cause extensive damage to the tooth and could require extraction. While Dr. Stofer is highly trained in advanced dentistry techniques and can replace lost teeth with dental bridges or dental implants, he prefers helping patients save their teeth and preserve their smiles.

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"I felt very comfortable and welcomed." More 5-Star Reviews

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Lydia Mudd

2019

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I had two extractions done this afternoon and the staff and Dr.Stofer made me feel so comfortable. I was well taken care of. I was nervous about my procedures but I was put at ease right away. I had little to no pain at all. Which was wonderful! I highly recommend going to Dental Solutions for your dental needs from now on.

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Renee Tripp

2020

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Fantastic staff from making my 1st appointment on the phone, extremely friendly, great cleaning and very knowledgeable! Dr. Bill is very personable & put me at ease, we made a dental plan for some extensive dental work I’ve been putting off. Found my new dental home at Dental Solutions, feeling very comfortable & welcomed! Thank You!

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Preserve a healthy, complete smile with root canal therapy. Don't delay getting the care you need.

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Dental Solutions

Dental Solutions has been providing high-tech, family-friendly dentistry to the community for over 20 years. We are affiliated with various noteworthy organizations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Indiana Dental Association
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Kosciusko County Dental Society
  • Indiana Dental Association
  • Chicago Dental Society

To visit our highly rated dental office, call us at (574) 269-1199 or request an appointment online.

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"Fantastic staff from making my 1st appointment on the phone, extremely friendly, great cleaning and very knowledgeable! Dr. Bill is very personable & put me at ease, we made a dental plan for some extensive dental work I’ve been putting off. Found my new dental home at Dental Solutions, feeling very comfortable & welcomed!
Thank You!"

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