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Root Canal Therapy

Dr. Smilovits provides fast, comfortable and effective root canal therapy. And most of the time, your entire treatment can be completed in one visit.

Dr. Smilovits has trained extensively in the area of root canal therapy and has over two decades of experience in providing this service. His work is high-quality and professional, each step of the way.

One of Dr. Smilovits’ primary concerns as a dentist is helping people keep their teeth, and root canal therapy plays a huge role in making this possible. For a free consultation with Dr. Smilovits click here.


What is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy is a procedure that is used to save a tooth that is badly damaged or infected.

The pulp, or living part of the tooth, is made up of nerves and blood vessels. It is contained in the pulp chamber, a space inside center of the tooth which holds the pulp and extends into roots. It becomes infected or dies for a number of reasons:

  • Decay — bacteria causing tooth decay infects the pulp.
  • Trauma — a traumatic injury can cause an inflammation of the pulp.
  • Deep fillings — fillings that have to be placed close to the pulp chamber because of tooth decay or tooth fracture.
  • Unexplained — sometimes the pulp can become inflamed and can die for no apparent reason.

During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed from the “canal” inside of the root, which is then cleaned and sealed.

What are the symptoms that indicate the need for root canal therapy?

Moderate to severe lingering toothache, which may be throbbing, when having hot or cold foods.

  • Toothache pain so intense it wakes you up at night.
  • Pain when chewing or biting.
  • Swelling on your gum which when pressed may release blood or pus.
  • Pain that starts in one tooth and spreads to other regions of the jaw or head e.g. an infected lower molar (back tooth) may cause you to feel pain in the ear!

Sometimes, however, there may be no symptoms.

Our Root Canal Procedure

Before recommending root canal therapy we collect a thorough history of any symptoms and perform an examination including dental x-rays. This aids in the accurate diagnosis of any tooth that may be suspected of needing root canal therapy.

Dr. Smilovits’ root canals are fast and comfortable thanks to the use of motorized rotary instruments and local anesthetic. A rotary instrument is a handpiece which allows Dr. Smilovits to clean and shape the canals faster than using traditional hand files. Dr. Smilovits has a lot of experience in root canal therapy and will give you fully professional work. If properly performed, and under normal circumstances, a root canal-treated tooth can last you a lifetime.

Call to schedule your root canal or to get a free consultation with Dr. Smilovits. Call 216-464-9696 or click here to request an appointment online.