The Dental Center of South Bend
1005 East LaSalle Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617

Root Canal Therapy in South Bend, IN

The old expression, “as much fun as a root canal,” may have been appropriate in the past, but the procedure has advanced by leaps and bounds over the past several decades to become a routine operation performed by our dentists in South Bend. With 92 percent of American adults between the ages of 20 to 64 experiencing some kind of cavity as an adult, and almost a quarter of that group has some form of untreated tooth decay. If this decay is allowed to continue unhindered, it could lead to the deterioration of the underlying tissue and the death of the tooth itself, resulting in a root canal which is necessary to restore the health and function of the tooth.

A root canal is usually the last resort after all other dental treatments have been exhausted, including cavity fillings, crowns, and other forms of dental reconstruction. In the past, teeth that had succumbed to tooth decay were simply pulled, but most dentists would rather try to keep a patient’s natural teeth than having to resort to other means. Root canals essentially give a tooth a second chance by removing the decay from the tooth, gums and underlying root, filling the tooth and sealing and capping the outside.

Of course, root canals are invasive procedures, so dentists will have to examine a range of symptoms to determine whether the operation will proceed. Typically, dental professionals look for prolonged tooth aches and pain, darkening or discoloration, increased sensitivity to hot and cold substances, as well as tenderness when chewing or when the tooth is touched. These could be telltale signs that the underlying nerve is damaged, which will require a root canal to rectify the problem.

Additionally, while some patients may opt for the procedure to be performed by an endodontist, our dentists in South Bend are more than viable options who can complete the operation quickly with optimal recovery times. After the root canal is performed, most patients can get back on their feet after only a day or two, and can control the pain with conventional medications like ibuprofen, or a mild painkiller in some situations. As one of the key operations used to fight tooth decay and prevent permanent damage to teeth, root canals are an invaluable procedure that dentists use to help patients keep their natural teeth for as long as possible and put chronic tooth pain in the past.

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Patient Reviews
The people are friendly and courteous and the work on my tooth was completed in a timely manner.
Tricia W.
Love this office. Everyone treats you great
Gayle B.
excellent and courteous service
Joseph V.
Overall good impression. Got what I was expecting.
Lila K.
I was in pain over the weekend. I called Monday morning and they got me right in on Monday afternoon to take care of my very bad tooth pain. Thank […]
Jason P.
Fast and painless!
Kelly T.
Marge always pleasant an professional. I only use her for my cleanings.
Kevin S.
For my first time at this practice, everyone was very nice and courteous..I felt like they really care
Treviea W.
I had a wonderful experience. I arrived early and was informed that the hygienist was out sick and they apologized for it. They offered to reschedule […]
Jacqueline S.
Dr.Madu was very considerate of my level of comfort.
Peggy M.
Friendly and caring staff. Always helpful with questions or concerns.
Richell K.
Friendly, professional, and caring.
Mary B.
I love coming here! Fast, great work and painless!
Braedon T.
I find the people in this office to be friendly and professional.
Steven S.
My procedure took 4 hours, mainly because there was only 1 dentist and he had to handle many patients while I sat in the chair. There was more down […]
Jane B.
Excellent service provided by hygienist Becky W.
Rebecc D.
Had an emergency on my front tooth! Not only did they get me in right away but also worked quickly to get me a flipper tooth (in a day and a half)! […]
Angelia Y.
very nice service in a timly manner
Larry C.
Quick in job done without any pain
Eric W.
Very professional & expert care, and only discomfort that I deserved. Great people.
Anonymous
Very thorough and professional.
Jacquelin C.
One of the best dentist appt I have been to
Leah N.
This morning at 8:30 I called for an appointment for what I thought was a cracked tooth. I had never been a patient there before, they got me in with […]
Amy darnell
While I did have a couple of resin fills fall out, I don't believe that was the fault of the technician (my bad). They were replaced right away and […]
Timothy F.
They are very helpful and friendly..
Rena M.
Very nice, helped me supa fast
Susan J.
Everyone there is great!
Christin A.
Great service and excellend customer service provided by staff.
Ariel E.
Been going to this clinic for almost two years now. I have enjoyed my experiences with this clinic and I am thankful to them.
Jamie T.
No wait time, Very helpful and informative as to the procedure and what to expect. Excellent staff and dentist.
Anonymous
Got in on time and everything went well.
Judy J.
Marge was very good. She is an excellent dental heigist. So very glad I have her caring for my health and teeth. Thank you, Marge great job!
Sue B.
I had an excellent experience.
Jamie T.
Outstanding caring people, always know me by name also.
Kevin S.
Very kind and professional people work here. My experience was very good.
Joan W.
Very pleasant experience
Anonymous
Overall good experience.
Sherry D.
Everyone very courteous and professional as well as friendly!
Lisa R.
Even an extraction is no problem.
Michael A.
Very reasonable prices for people without dental insurance, courteous fast service!
Ryan K.
My hygienist was excellent and very professional
Soneka W.
I have always had good service there . Been going there for about 15- 20 years
Ronald P.
As always excellent service from hygenist, Becky.
Rebecc D.
By far the best experience I have ever had while having to get a filling replaced.
Tammy W.
I appreciate the attentiveness and friendliness of the Dental Centers personnel. I feel they are interested in my dental and overall health.
Michael A.
I had a great experience at the dental center. They are flexible with appointment times and the staff (front desk, hygienists, and doctors) is very […]
Anonymous
The staff was very courteous and nice. The service I received was very good. My wait time was minimal.
Marvin J.
Dentist at the dental center are there to help you, not tell you things are wrong just to get more money out of you. They are all very friendly and […]
Rikki T.
Friendly & excellent service !!
Don H.
very professional
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  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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