The Dental Center of South Bend (Dentistry and Braces for Children and Teenagers)
1005 East LaSalle Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617

Root Canal Therapy in South Bend, IN

The old expression, “as much fun as a root canal,” may have been appropriate in the past, but the procedure has advanced by leaps and bounds over the past several decades to become a routine operation performed by our dentists in South Bend. With 92 percent of American adults between the ages of 20 to 64 experiencing some kind of cavity as an adult, and almost a quarter of that group has some form of untreated tooth decay. If this decay is allowed to continue unhindered, it could lead to the deterioration of the underlying tissue and the death of the tooth itself, resulting in a root canal which is necessary to restore the health and function of the tooth.

A root canal is usually the last resort after all other dental treatments have been exhausted, including cavity fillings, crowns, and other forms of dental reconstruction. In the past, teeth that had succumbed to tooth decay were simply pulled, but most dentists would rather try to keep a patient’s natural teeth than having to resort to other means. Root canals essentially give a tooth a second chance by removing the decay from the tooth, gums and underlying root, filling the tooth and sealing and capping the outside.

Of course, root canals are invasive procedures, so dentists will have to examine a range of symptoms to determine whether the operation will proceed. Typically, dental professionals look for prolonged tooth aches and pain, darkening or discoloration, increased sensitivity to hot and cold substances, as well as tenderness when chewing or when the tooth is touched. These could be telltale signs that the underlying nerve is damaged, which will require a root canal to rectify the problem.

Additionally, while some patients may opt for the procedure to be performed by an endodontist, our dentists in South Bend are more than viable options who can complete the operation quickly with optimal recovery times. After the root canal is performed, most patients can get back on their feet after only a day or two, and can control the pain with conventional medications like ibuprofen, or a mild painkiller in some situations. As one of the key operations used to fight tooth decay and prevent permanent damage to teeth, root canals are an invaluable procedure that dentists use to help patients keep their natural teeth for as long as possible and put chronic tooth pain in the past.

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Patient Reviews
You guys were awesome and made my four year old feel at home. She went back and got two fillings without me and didn’t even get upset. The staff is amazing and so considerate.
Estellise B.
Doctor was very friendly,explained everything,staff was also very friendly!
Magaly G.
Staff always so kind and explains everything with details step by step of they are going or did to my child
Daniel A.
Love how they talk to before they do anything to your child or ask questions about things you watching out for at home
Rihanna K.
My daughter had a not very good experience at her first dental check at another practice. She was so much happier and said the she really liked Dr. Reed. Dr. Reed was so great with her and it made me […]
Annaleigh B.
always kind , care for my children as if there own great group of women .
Alejandra G.
We always have a pleasant experience & everyone is very nice to my son. I also feel like things are explained well, & I’m asked before procedures are done.
Donovin B.
Very polite staff made me feel welcome
Valeria G.
Everyone is always friendly and appt time starts on time.
Zoe A.
Nice service. And great job
Juliette C.
Good service and nice people
Criss C.
Very professional and time efficient. Boys were both comfortable.
Aaron A.
Very friendly and did excellent with my son.
Stanley V.
Always a friendly staff
Hailey A.
Very good with children. Very thorough with exams and questions. Enjoyable experience.
Myles M.
Genesis got a filling and she was very comfortable and content and I was nervous for her but I was made feel at ease.
Genesis H.
The staff was wonderful with my son, who has Autism. They didn’t push him and found ways to do an exam that didn’t frighten him.
Elijah V.
Gerri was fantastic. Great experience!
Margaret S.
Everyone was wonderful, kind and very understanding!
Evan F.
The staff was friendly and great with my three year old.
Braelyn W.
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