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Our Services

We work hard to ensure your treatment is personalized to meet your individual needs, employing the latest advances, treatments and comforts in our inviting office. We offer private rooms to make you feel comfortable, and our digitally aided diagnosis and consultation will have you feeling confident about any procedure your oral health needs.
At Rabel Family Dentistry, we take pride in having complete expertise in all aspects of oral health for the whole family.
  • Dental health checkups
  • Root canals
  • Full mouth restoration
  • Cleanings
  • Oral health education

Be sure to learn about our doctors and staff, as well as our financial and insurance information. Contact us today ​to set up an appointment!

What Is a “Root Canal”?

Patients often think of root canal treatment as a painful procedure. However, root canals don’t cause pain; they alleviate it by removing the damaged root contents. With modern techniques available today, a root canal is no more uncomfortable than the placement of a filling and can preserve a tooth which otherwise would need to be extracted.

What Causes the Need for a Root Canal?

We all have acid producing bacteria in our mouth. If left in place too long, those bacteria consume sugar and produce enough acid byproducts which decay/dissolve tooth structure. If we catch this process early enough and only a small part of the tooth is decayed, the decayed portion can be removed and a “filling” can be placed in its space. As the process advances, too much tooth structure is dissolved and the tooth requires a protective crown. If the process goes untreated even longer, those same acid producing bacteria make it to the living tissue within the tooth called the pulp and cause pain. If this pain goes untreated for long enough, the pulp becomes infected and dies. Once the pulp dies this can offer temporary relief from pain, but sets the stage for an abscess were those same bacteria make it to the bone at the tips of the roots creating an infection, swelling and pain. Root canal therapy can be used to solve the above stages of decay and infection until the tooth becomes so severely decayed that there is not enough left to preserve.

Root Canal Procedure:

The patient undergoes anesthesia.
A dental dam is used to isolate the tooth.
The tooth is opened to allow for removal of infected or dead dental pulp.
The tooth is comprehensively cleaned, including any cracks and canals.
With special tools, the doctor reshapes the canals.
The tooth is filled again with cutting edge biocompatible filling material.
A covering is used to cover the access opening, and then a permanent restoration of the tooth is applied.