Posts for tag: root canal

By Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center
April 18, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Not sure if the symptoms you are experiencing could mean that you need immediate dental care?

We know that hearing the words “root canal” can be enough to make anyone nervous, but for many people, this procedure is the only way root canal to save a damaged tooth and find relief from the oral pain that it has been causing. So, how do you know if the pain you are dealing with requires root canal treatment from our Holland, MI, dentists Dr. Ryan Lebster, Dr. Jose Vivas, and Dr. Arnold Baker? Here are the top signs,

  • A severe toothache that may either be persistent or intermittent. The pain may get worse when putting pressure on the tooth or biting down.
  • Increased and lingering sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drinks
  • Darkening of the tooth (a sign that the roots are dying)
  • Inflammation, redness, and tenderness of surrounding gums
  • The development of a pimple on the gums (known as an abscess)


What is root canal treatment?

This endodontic procedure is performed when the dental pulp, a structure inside the tooth, is inflamed or infected. This can happen for a number of reasons ranging from traumatic injury to severe decay. Once the pulp has been affected the only option will be for our Holland, MI, general dentists to remove the pulp and any bacteria that has been trapped inside the tooth. This is the main goal of root canal treatment.

A root canal is not an elective procedure. It is the only way to make sure that damage doesn’t continue to spread to surrounding teeth or the jawbone. This is why it’s important to see your dentist right away if you are experiencing any issues with your smile. A root canal now could prevent the need for a tooth extraction later, and remember, it’s always important to preserve your natural teeth whenever possible.


Need treatment? Give us a call!

If you are dealing with any of the symptoms above, or if you notice any changes in your smile that you aren’t sure about, then don’t hesitate to call Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center in Holland, MI, at (616) 399-3946 to schedule an immediate appointment with us!

By Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center
February 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal   toothache  

Woman With Tooth PainNo tooth is an unnecessary tooth. So, if you have one endangered by trauma, dental abscess, or several cavities and fillings, your dentist at Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center in Holland, MI, will endeavor to save it with root canal therapy. By removing diseased interior pulp, this restorative treatment relieves pain and spares the tooth for many years to come. At Lakeshore Dentistry, Drs. Ryan Lebster, Jose Vivas, and Arnold Baker carefully evaluate their patients for this service if the need arises.

Comfortable and reliable

That's the essence of root canal therapy. A two-visit procedure performed entirely by your Holland dentist, a root canal (as most people call it) aims to remove the interior pulp from the slender chamber running down tooth roots, and as a minimally invasive procedure, it only requires the use of local anesthetic!

During treatment, Dr. Lebster, Dr. Vivas, or Dr. Baker will use special tools debride the canals. Afterward, they will also disinfect and seal them with elastic and biocompatible gutta-percha. Finally, a temporary dental filling or crown will cover the tooth while the permanent crown is fashioned at the dental lab. Healing takes about a week.

When you return to Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center, the dentist will remove the temporary restoration and bond the permanent crown over your restored tooth. While your tooth may be sensitive for a bit, this will quickly diminish, and the pain, drainage, and other difficult symptoms that you previously been experiencing will be gone!

Signs you may need a root canal

Your tooth may be in danger and need a root canal procedure if:

  • It is highly sensitive to heat, cold, sugar, or pressure
  • You have a severe toothache
  • The enamel is discolored
  • You have a pimple on your gums
  • Your jaw is swollen
  • You have bad breath which does not go away
  • You have an obvious fracture and are missing a substantial amount of tooth structure

So many benefits...

In summary, the American Association of Endodontists says root canal therapy has many wonderful benefits such as:

  • Resolution of pain
  • Improvement of oral function (biting, chewing, speaking) and smile appearance
  • Avoidance of tooth extraction
  • Less cost than tooth replacements such as bridgework and dental implants
  • Long-life for the treated tooth

Don't delay
If you question the health of a particular tooth, please contact Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center and ask for an appointment with one of our highly skilled dentists. Our office is reachable at (616) 399-3946.

By Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center
January 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Are your teeth causing you pain?root canal

Your Holland, MI, dentist, Drs. Arnold Baker, Jose Vivas, and Ryan Lebster, can help, especially when it comes to getting a root canal. Most people are afraid of root canal treatments because of rumors of pain and agony, but that is just a myth.

When would you need a root canal?

If your tooth develops an infection or becomes inflamed in the pulp of the tooth, a tissue consisting of blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerve cells, a root canal may be necessary. Sometimes the pain you feel can go away on its own, but a root canal may be necessary if that doesn't happen.

What causes the infections?

There are several reasons why your tooth may have been infected. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Due to a poor oral or dental regimen, cavities may form. Cavities are formed when a person eats sugary foods and doesn't brush or floss. The result is the accumulation of plaque, which contains an acid-producing bacteria that breaks down the enamel, the protective layer covering your teeth. This exposes the sensitive layers of the tooth and allows the bacteria to infect the pulp unless the cavity is dealt with immediately.
  • An unhealthy oral regimen isn't the only thing that can cause your enamel to break and expose the pulp. Cracks and chips can also help bacteria infiltrate the enamel and infect the pulp. Trauma to your teeth may be due to several things, such as playing a sport and sustaining an injury or even a car accident.
  • It's also possible to need a root canal because of dental procedures, such as getting a dental crown. The treatment may damage your dental pulp, which will lead to you needing a root canal from your Holland dentist.

Getting a root canal is important to keep your teeth healthy. There's no need to be worried about a painful procedure because dentistry is more advanced today! For more information or to schedule an appointment for a root canal or another treatment, call your Holland, MI, dentist, Drs. Arnold Baker, Jose Vivas, and Ryan Lebster at (616) 399-3946.

By Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center
March 19, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

While root canals may be one of the most feared dental procedures dentists provide, the good news is that this procedure doesn't usually deserve the bad reputation it has received. Here's what you can expect when you visit a dentist at Lakeshore Dentistry & Root CanalImplant Center in Holland, MI for a root canal.

1. Your Dentist Will Give You An Anesthetic

Thanks to today's modern medicine, root canals really don't have to be painful at all. In fact, most Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center patients are surprised to find that root canals are generally no more painful than getting a filling.

2. Your Dentist Will Clean Out the Infection

Once your mouth is numb, your Holland, MI dentist will use a special instrument to go in through the top of your tooth and remove any infected, inflamed or decayed tissue buried deep within your tooth root. He or she will then clean the area.

3. Your Dentist Will Fill In the Area

Once your tooth root is free from infection, inflammation, and decay, your dentist will fill in the area to prevent further infection.

4. You Will Receive a Filling or Crown

Lastly, your dentist will repair the top of your tooth with either a filling or a crown. You may receive a temporary crown at the time of the procedure and then return a couple of weeks later for a permanent crown to be placed.

When you visit your dentist at Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center in Holland, MI, the process of the getting a root canal doesn't have to be painful or scary. Our caring, compassionate and highly trained doctors, Dr. Ryan Lebster and Dr. Arnold Baker, are committed to your dental health and comfort and will go above and beyond to make sure that you are well taken care of. Give us a call today at (616) 399-3946!

By Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center
February 23, 2015
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.”