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Saving Teeth from Extraction in Norton Shores, MI - Root Canal Treatment

Cavities are a common oral health concern, but if they are not treated right away, they will continue to burrow into the teeth. Treating tooth decay becomes an even more complex process once the bacteria reach a tooth’s innermost layer. The Smile Center offers root canal therapy to Norton Shores, Muskegon, Whitehall, and all surrounding communities.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Your teeth are composed of several layers: the protective enamel on the outside, the dentin just underneath it, and the pulp in the innermost chamber of each tooth. The parts of the pulpal chamber that extends into the roots of a tooth are called root canals.

Whereas the enamel and dentin are resilient enough to be treated for a cavity and survive, the sensitive nerves and blood vessels that make up the pulp are not able to withstand tooth decay. If the pulp is not treated quickly, the entire tooth becomes unhealthy. A patient with an internally decaying tooth and who wishes to save it can benefit from root canal therapy.

This endodontic procedure involves the removal of the inner pulp and all decaying tissue. This includes carefully emptying out each root of the pulp, hence the name “root canal therapy.” The canals and chamber are then sealed with body-safe materials to prevent bacteria from re-entering the tooth. A crown is usually added as well to create a better seal and to make sure the tooth can function like normal after treatment.

When performed properly, a tooth that underwent root canal therapy will last for decades, helping you maintain your natural teeth for as long as possible.

How Dr. Kuipers Helps

Our Norton Shores dentist can perform effective root canal therapy treatments, helping most of his patients protect their teeth from internal decay. Dr. Kuiper is able to treat every tooth in your smile, relieving the pain and issues the come with infected pulp.

However, there are always cases where you might need a unique approach to the removal of internal decay. The inner pulpal chambers in the roots of molars, for example, can sometimes be a maze that requires specialty treatment. There are also procedures only an endodontic specialist can offer, which are designed to treat teeth that already underwent an unsuccessful therapy. In these instances, Dr. Kuipers will coordinate your care with a trusted endodontist.

Contact Us to Save Your Tooth

The Smile Center provides root canal therapy to patients in Norton Shores and beyond. We will help your teeth survive extreme decay. For more information, call us and schedule an appointment today. 


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