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By David J. Campbell DDS
January 28, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: root canal  

Dr. David Campbell of White Lake, MI, can help eliminate dental pain by providing patients with a root canal. When a tooth becomes infected, the roots and pulp become inflamed, causing massive nerve pain. A patient needs a root canal right away. An infection will not magically disappear on its own. Schedule an appointment with your friendly family dentist as soon as possible.

The Root Canal Procedure

A root canal procedure is quite simple. Your White Lake, MI, dentist enters the root canal, disinfecting and filling the canal to prevent future bacteria from entering again. Numbing agents keep your pain at a minimum. When all the infected material is removed and the area is clean, Dr. Campbell then places a crown on top to further protect the tooth.

What Causes a Tooth Infection?

So, what causes the infection in the first place? There are several possible answers. Here are a few reasons why:

  • People who have a poor oral or dental regimen don't entirely remove food debris from their teeth. When you don't brush and floss properly, this causes cavities or infection to develop.
  • Not taking care of your teeth also leads to the accumulation of plaque on tooth surfaces. Acid-producing bacteria break down the enamel and result in tooth loss and gum disease.
  • Damaged teeth due to an accident, like cracks, chips, and fractures, make it easier for bacteria to infiltrate the protective dental surfaces and infect the pulp. 

Getting a root canal is important for keeping your teeth healthy. Visiting your dentist twice a year for a regular checkup and getting your teeth professionally cleaned can prevent root canals. You also need to take good daily care of your teeth and eat a healthy diet.

If you'd like to learn more about root canal therapy, then call to schedule an appointment with your White Lake, MI, family dentist, Dr. David Campbell at (248) 887-8387

By David J. Campbell DDS
September 23, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

Now that celebrities can communicate directly with their fans through social media, we’ve started to see dispatches from some surprising locations — the dental chair, for example! Take singer Kelly Clarkson, who was the first winner of American Idol, and perhaps one of the first to seek moral support via social media before having an emergency root canal procedure.

“Emergency root canal — I’ve had better days,” Kelly posted on her Facebook page, along with a photo of herself looking… well, pretty nervous. But is a root canal procedure really something to be scared about? It’s time to clear up some misconceptions about this very common dental procedure.

First of all, root canal treatment is done to save a tooth that might otherwise be lost to an infection deep inside it. So while it’s often looked upon with apprehension, it’s a very positive step to take if you want to keep your teeth as long as possible. Secondly, tooth infections can be painful — but it’s the root canal procedure that stops the pain. What, actually, is done during this tooth-saving treatment?

First, a local anesthetic is administered to keep you from feeling any pain. Then, a small opening is made through the chewing surface of the infected tooth, giving access to the central space inside, which is called the “pulp chamber.” A set of tiny instruments is used to remove the diseased pulp (nerve) tissue in the chamber, and to clean out the root canals: branching tunnel-like spaces that run from the pulp chamber through the root (or roots) of the tooth. The cleared canals are then filled and sealed.

At a later appointment, we will give you a more permanent filling or, more likely, a crown, to restore your tooth’s full function and protect it from further injury. A tooth that has had a root canal followed by a proper restoration can last as long as any other natural tooth — a very long time indeed.

If you have any questions about root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Step by Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment.”