Root Canals

While Dr. Cain is a staunch advocate of preventing tooth damage and decay and keeping natural teeth healthy, sometimes trauma, advanced decay, or infection happen. In these cases, Dr. Cain typically pursues one of two options: a tooth extraction or a root canal. An extraction involves removing the tooth, Dr. Cain will usually only recommend this option as a last resort. Root canal procedures, also known as root canal therapy, provides a more conservative alternative to extraction, one that will preserve the most natural tooth structure while still removing the source of infection.

During a root canal, Dr. Cain uses dental instruments to reach the “heart” of the tooth which lies below the enamel and dentin. This part of the tooth, the pulp chamber or root canal, houses the tooth’s sensitive nerves and the critical blood supply that keeps it healthy. A root canal procedure involves removing infected pulp tissue, while retaining the hard structure of the tooth.

What to Expect

Because a root canal is a fairly involved procedure, Dr. Cain will recommend administering an dental sedation, either nitrous oxide or oral sedation depending on your needs, before beginning. Once the sedative has taken effect, he will meticulously remove the damaged nerve and blood supply and then fill the vacated space with a decay-resistant dental filler material. Finally, he will apply a dental crown to seal and protect the exterior of the tooth.

Root Canal Therapy: Well Worth the Effort

If you learn that you may need a root canal, you may be anxious about the procedure. However, by the time Dr. Cain recommends that you undergo a root canal, you are probably experiencing in quite a bit of pain and discomfort stemming from the dental infection. In the long run, a root canal can provide relief from a painful problem, while providing the cosmetic benefit of allowing you to keep your natural tooth. To find out if you need root canal treatment, contact Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN, by calling 219-938-2637, or by emailing our office at We also proudly serve the residents of Gary, Miller, Miller Beach, and all surrounding communities.