Root Canal Treatment

Endodontic therapy (root canal) is a procedure done in order to save a tooth. This is a treatment in which the injured or infected pulp tissue inside a tooth is replaced with a filling material.

Endodontic treatment can often be performed in one or two visits and involves the following steps:

1. The endodontist examines and x-rays the tooth, then administers a local anesthetic. After the tooth is numb, the endodontist places a small protective sheet called a dental dam over the area to isolate the tooth and keep it clean and free of saliva during the procedure.

2. The endodontist makes an opening in the crown of the tooth. Very small instruments are used to clean the pulp from the pulp chamber and to shape the space for filling.

3. After the canals are cleaned and free from infection the endodontist fills the root canals with a bio-compatible material, usually a rubber-like material called gutta percha. The gutta percha is placed with an adhesive cement to ensure complete sealing of the root canals.

4. A temporary filling is usually placed to close the opening.

5. After the final visit with your endodontist, you must return to your general dentist to have a crown or other restoration placed on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function.

Endodontic Associates

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Dr Glass was easy-going and humorous, which put me more at ease with the procedure. Later on that night, Dr Glass called to check on my well-being after the procedure. I’ve never had that happen before. Kudos to the Dr and the staff at this office!

- Larry R

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Staff extremely professional & courteous. Dr. Thomas very reassuring, explaining every moment of the procedure, asking how I was doing throughout; explaining detail of tooth anatomy, outcomes, assurances, etc. which is especially helpful when you are dealing with pain and the anxiety about the procedure overall. Office efficient and took extreme means to keep patients safe with a clean waiting room, masks, wipes, temperature checks, etc. The Billing Staff very patient. I truly felt I was in good hands and put me at ease tremendously.

- Laura J

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By far the best dental experience I have ever had, thankyou Dr. Thomas and your awesome staff !! Thanks again for easing my doubts and following up on me after sugery. John

- john c

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The overall experience was much better than I expected. It was my first root canal and, I'll admit, had some anxiety. Dr. Thomas and the team were friendly and professional. I would definitely recommend this office for dental procedures and will use them in the future should the need arise. Thank you!

- BOB R

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The staff was so kind & professional from the greeting at the front desk, to Dr Thomas’ dental assistant, during the procedure, to checking out. Their Patience and smiles went a long way as I faced a root canal. Dr James Thomas was exceptional in his professionalism & knowledge explaining why the root canal was needed, walked me thru each step as it was happening and what to expect after. And combined with his great sense of humor and concern for my well being throughout the procedure, made me comfortable & confident I was good hands. I also truly appreciated a follow up call directly from him this evening. It was unexpected but solidified my awesome experience. Thank you to all🦋

- Suzanne Z

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Very impressed with DR THOMAS and his Staff. Have had a few root canals in my past and I have to say this was the most comfortable and easy experience I’ve ever had. Dr. Thomas has a great bedside manner, very knowledgeable and caring. I would highly recommend him for any endondontic care.

- Michele A

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Overall experience with the staff and Dr. Chimelak was excellent. The root canal procedure went very smoothly, and without any issues. The Dr. took time to answer any questions that I had about the procedure. I left the office feeling much better than when I arrived. I would recommend to anyone that is in need of a root canal.

- David S

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I would recommend this office to everyone. Very pleasant experience and I am a person who doesn't like dental procedures.

- Larie M

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I was leaving on vacation on 6/11/21. I got a bad toothache on 6/9. On the morning of 6/10, my dentist said I needed a root canal ASAP. He recommended Endodontic Associates but doubted I could get in prior to leaving on vacation. The idea of going on a week's vacation with a bad toothache was dreadful. Amazingly an EA patient canceled for 6/10 at 2:15. Dr. Lindell was great. He has a calm, informative way of communicating and a good sense of humor. There was very little pain, the conversation was excellent, the root canal was faster than expected and successful! I had a pain-free vacation thanks to the fine work of Dr. Lindell I would give Dr. Lindell, his assistant, and the Endodontic Associates staff the highest possible rating! A great dental experience.

- Michael H

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Overall, very pleased by the way Dr Spiers and his staff handled my procedure and would do back to him if needed any additional root canal therapy. Dr. Spiers made doubt made my procedure easier and felt at ease as he was performing the procedure. Overall, I am kiddish about dental procedures and no doubt that the staff eased by fears reducing anxiety feelings and was easier to complete the procedure.

- David K

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I recently had 2 root canal procedures performed in the Novi office. Dr. Nikeeta was amazing! Not only was she thorough and efficient, she made the dreaded experience totally painless and somewhat enjoyable by keeping me informed of the various steps in the procedure and by periodically ensuring I was in no pain or discomfort. I would highly recommend Dr. Nikeeta and the Novi office!!

- JoAnne E

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I have dental anxiety and was a mess when I got to the office. They calmed me down, explained every step in detail, explained what could go wrong, and then did the root canal explaining everything as it was done. They were very professional and did not make me feel stupid for my anxiety. Luckily, nothing went wrong. It was the best outcome in a bad situation.

- Deb T

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My experience with Dr. Thomas was excellent! I was in severe pain before my procedure of a root canal. I left the office without any pain. This doctor has excellent bedside manners and is very knowledgable. I would highly recommend him! Also, his assistant was very caring and polite. My entire experience was excellent!

- Marisa D

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Dr Thomas is an expert (my opinion) in ROOT CANALS! I had one done on 6/21/21 that went extremely well despite having the infection affect my bone. He explained the procedure as he went along and made sure I was having no discomfort. I would absolutely highly recommend him!

- Mimi I

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This was an emergency root canal procedure, having severe pain and about to travel out of town. I called several other places only to be given waits of a few days to more than a week for a remedy. Dr Chimelak not only went out of their way to fit me in to their busy schedule but were very courteous and sympathetic the entire time. The procedure was excellent; I'm pain-free afterwards, and my travel plans went on as scheduled. Thanks very much!

- Greg K

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The staff was very professional, friendly and kind. The procedure was explained thoroughly and I had an opportunity to ask questions if needed. The procedure went very well and Dr. Duhaime prepared me for any sensations I might experience. He was thorough, professional and a perfectionist, making sure that everything was done to his standards. I am so pleased that I chose Dr. Duhaime and his practice for my root canal. He came highly recommended and I would echo that sentiment.

- Anne R

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I had a root canal procedure with Dr. Glass. I was nervous as I had never had a root canal before, but everything went great and it was painless, even the numbing shots were not a big deal at all. Dr. Glass even called me at home the evening of my procedure to see how I was doing. I would highly recommend Endodontics Associates and Dr. Glass. I would not hesitate to be treated by this practice in the future if I needed another procedure.

- Debbie F

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The professionalism and friendliness of the whole team was outstanding. The dentist took the time to explain the problem and the treatment. The dentist has lots of experience and provided excellent service. I would highly recommend them for your dental needs!

- Timothy H

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The entire staff at the Waterford office went above and beyond to help me with my fear of dentists. This is truly the best dental visit I've had as an adult. Jonelle & Dr. McCary were outstanding. I will refer friends & family if they ever need an endodontic procedure.

- Pam H

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Great service!

- John S

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