Root Canals

Root Canal Therapy


Dentist Holding a File Used In Roon Canals

What is Endodontics?

A root canal is a dental procedure that is often required to save a severely damaged or infected (abscessed) tooth from having to be extracted. Root canals fall under the category of endodontics, which primarily deals with the treatment or removal of a tooth’s interior; such as roots, nerves, pulp, etc.

Although there are numerous dental services related to endodontics, root canal therapy is by far the most common. They are typically performed by general dentists who have had specialized training in this procedure, or sometimes by an endodontist.

An infected tooth or an exposed nerve can be an extremely painful situation. Many of the symptoms include throbbing or sharp pain, swelling of the gums, jaw, or cheek, discomfort while chewing, severe sensitivity to hot and cold, etc. However, sometimes there may be no symptoms. Once a tooth is injured, there is no way to permanently fix the tooth without a dentist’s intervention.

Causes of Ascessed Tooth?

There are a number of issues that can cause a tooth to need a root canal, such as persistent decay, cracks, or severe trauma. The tooth must be clinically treated in order for the infection and symptoms to subside.

Only a highly trained dentist with special instruments can carefully remove the pulp of the tooth and replace it with a special, antimicrobial filling material.

Root Canals Can Provide Pain Relief

Depending on the anatomy of the tooth being treated, it may require a second visit to the dentist in order to finish up the procedure. However, the beautiful thing about root canals is that once the procedure has been mostly completed at the initial visit, the patient generally gets instantaneous relief from the pain and discomfort.

Root canal therapy coupled with antibiotics and over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen are generally enough to get a patient’s pain to subside dramatically.

At our dental office, our dentists strive to make every patient feel comfortable and at ease. We understand that visiting an Indianapolis dentist can be daunting for some, so we have created a welcoming and friendly dental practice for everyone. Our staff is highly trained and dedicated to providing exceptional care.

Our dentists understand that dental consultations can be expensive, and we strive to provide affordable and comprehensive dental services. We work with various insurance providers and offer flexible payment options to help make dental care and oral health practices accessible to everyone. Our commitment to affordable dental care is especially important for our pediatric patients, as we believe every child deserves access to quality dental care.

Don't let dental problems disrupt your life any longer

Ever had a toothache? We've all been there before. At Clarity Dentistry, it's our top priority to get you out of pain! Starting with an oral health and teeth examination with the doctor, we will then go over any treatment options to get you out of pain and enjoy life again once you leave our dental office.

We understand that dental problems can be a major inconvenience and cause significant pain and discomfort. Our goal is to provide modern dentistry solutions to address all of your dental needs, including surgery, missing teeth, broken teeth, and tooth decay.

Our team of experienced dentists is equipped to provide a wide range of dental services, from routine cleanings and fillings to more complex procedures such as partial dentures and surgery. We pride ourselves on staying up-to-date with the latest dental technologies and techniques to ensure our patients receive the highest quality care. We also prioritize continuing education, staying up-to-date on the latest techniques, advanced technology, and advancements in dentistry.

Your beautiful smile is our top priority

At Clarity Dentistry, we offer cosmetic dentistry services such as dental implants, clear aligners, veneers, and more to help you achieve the smile you've always wanted.

In addition to our general dentistry services, we also offer emergency dental care. We understand that dental emergencies can happen anytime, and we are here to provide services anytime. Whether you have a dental emergency during business hours or after, our emergency dentist can provide prompt and effective care.

If you're experiencing a dental emergency, such as a toothache or other dental issues, we offer same-day

treatment options to relieve pain as quickly as possible. Our knowledgeable staff will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and concerns.

Gum disease is one of the most common dental health issues we treat at Clarity Dentistry. Gum disease is a serious condition that can cause significant damage to your teeth and gums if left untreated. Our dental team of dentists is trained to identify and treat gum-related diseases at all stages to prevent further damage and help restore your dental health.

Whether you're a new dentist patient or have been visiting our office for years, we welcome you to schedule an appointment today. We offer walk-ins and appointments for both adults and families, and we will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that meets your unique needs.

If your child is experiencing severe tooth pain or gum problems, don't suffer in silence. Schedule a tooth extraction appointment with a qualified pediatric dentist today and take the first step towards a healthier, pain-free smile.

Don't let tooth loss or other dental issues impact your overall health and quality of life. Contact Clarity Dentistry today to learn more about our dental services and how we can help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.

Improve Your Oral Health with Top-Quality Dental Services in Indianapolis

Maintaining good oral health is essential for our overall well-being. A healthy mouth helps us speak and eat comfortably and prevents the risk of gum disease and other health issues. Therefore, it's crucial to visit a dental office regularly and receive top-quality dental services from experienced professionals. You're in luck if you're looking for a reliable Indianapolis dentist who can cater to all your dental needs!

General Dentistry

General dentistry at Clarity Dentistry includes the health of your teeth and your gums! This can include your regularly scheduled x-rays, cleanings, and exams with the doctor but also services such as tooth-colored fillings, extractions, and more.

Hygiene & Preventative Dentistry

At Clarity Dentistry, we stress preventative care to prevent the need for more invasive and expensive dental services. To do so, we recommend 6-month dental cleanings, exams, and yearly x-rays. Preventative dentistry also includes getting a small filling done before it turns into a larger filling, a crown, or a root canal.

Crowns and Bridges

With dental crowns and bridges, our cosmetic dentist at Clarity Dentistry offers dental patients ways to replace broken and damaged teeth or teeth that are missing altogether through high-quality dental crowns and bridges. This would allow patients to continue to use their teeth as normal.

Extractions & Oral Surgery

Nobody wants to have a tooth removed, but sometimes it is necessary. Extraction is often the best course of action when an infected or broken tooth occurs. Those needing an extraction shouldn't worry and make an appointment with us immediately! At Clarity Dentistry, we make sure you are comfortable throughout the procedure.

Full Dentures & Partial Dentures

Whether you are missing 1 tooth, or all 32, Clarity Dentistry has the replacement for you! Dentures and partials are removable devices to replace your missing teeth. These dentures add a cosmetic difference and improve your dental function and overall health.

Root Canals & Endodontics

If a tooth becomes infected, it can be quite painful and may require a root canal in order to be saved. At Clarity Dentistry, we have a dentist highly trained in endodontics who can remove the infected tissue and restore the tooth to its near-natural form and function.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Whether you are missing 1 tooth, or all 32, Clarity Dentistry has the replacement for you! Dentures and partials are removable devices to replace your missing teeth. These dentures add a cosmetic difference and improve your dental function and overall health.

Invisalign Clear Braces

Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic treatment that has revolutionized the field of teeth straightening. This cutting-edge solution is ideal for individuals who are looking for an effective yet discreet way to align their teeth. Whether your teeth are misaligned due to genetics, injury, or natural wear and tear, our clear aligners can help you achieve a beautiful, head-turning smile.

Why Dental Care is Essential for a Healthy Smile

Dental care is essential for maintaining a healthy smile and promoting overall health and well-being. The health of your teeth and gums can significantly impact your quality of life, from your ability to eat and speak comfortably to your self-confidence and social interactions.

Clarity Dentistry is committed to helping you achieve a confident and healthy smile. Our dental practice in Indianapolis is staffed by a team of experienced dental professionals who are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to our patients.

At Clarity Dentistry, we offer a wide range of dental services to meet your needs at our practice from routine checkups and cleanings to more complex procedures like dental implants and orthodontics. We use the latest technology and techniques to ensure that you receive the best possible care, and we take the time to listen to your concerns and answer your questions so that you can make informed decisions about your dental health.

Root Canal FAQs


What Causes an Abscess or Infected Tooth?

  • Decay that has reached the nerve.
  • Trauma that has caused a large chip or crack that exposes the nerve.
  • Trauma that has caused the nerve of the tooth to die.
  • Large, older fillings that have broken down allowing bacteria to reach the nerve.
  • Recently placed fillings that have become symptomatic due to the proximity to the nerve.

What Are the Symptoms of an Infected Tooth?

  • Dull, throbbing pain with one or more teeth or area of the mouth.
  • Sharp, intense pain while chewing.
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks.
  • Headaches or fever.
  • Abnormal swelling of the gums, cheek, neck, or jaw.
  • Sometimes there may be no symptoms at all.

How Much Time Does a Root Canal Procedure Take?

Generally, a root canal can take a dentist anywhere from about an hour to several hours depending on the number of canals and anatomy or shape of the tooth’s root system. There are also a few other conditions to that tooth which can make the root canal treatment more difficult, yielding a slightly longer appointment time.

What is the Procedure of a Root Canal?

The first step to a root canal is to get the patient numb and comfortable! A rubber dam is placed on the tooth to help keep the area clean.

The next part is to access the pulp, which contains the nerve, blood supply, and protective cells of the tooth. Special instruments are used to measure the tooth. Using hand instruments and an antimicrobial rinse, the pulp is cleaned of bacteria and debris.

The final step is then placing a special biocompatible filling into the tooth. The tooth is then ready to restore back to form and function.

What Happens After a Root Canal?

After the root canal has been completed, the tooth will most likely need to be prepared for a dental crown to be delivered at a later date.

Placing a crown on the tooth will protect and restore the tooth to it’s near-natural form and function so that the patient can eat and chew without issue. More detailed information about dental crowns can be found here.

What Happens if an Infected Tooth is Left Untreated?

If an infected tooth is left untreated, the infection can get much worse, spreading to other parts of the mouth and body. At it’s worst, an abscess can lead to hospitalization and be life-threatening.


Patient Testimonials


Dr. Bowen was very thorough in explaining what why I was having the pain I was having in my mouth. April was also very helpful as well! I really like how professional they were. Even though I found out I need to have some work done everything they said as to why made sense. I would definitely recommend going there!
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Danielle Storm

I am always very well taken care of at Clarity Dentistry. Everyone is always very friendly, listens to my concerns with empathy, and actually treats me like a human being rather than someone to get money out of. I can honestly say this is the most clean, professional, and best dental experience in my life.
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My four year old has been to two pediatric dentists that have him a huge fear of the dentist. Dr. Bowen and the hygienist that worked with my son were gentle and did everything possible to make him comfortable. If you or your kiddo are anxious about the dentist you should absolutely check out Clarity.
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