Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures performed by endodontists. Also known as root canal therapy, root canals are performed on teeth with infected pulp to heal the diseased tooth and avoid extraction. This single treatment can help save your natural teeth and prevent you from having to get dental implants or bridges. 

At the center of each of your teeth is a collection of blood vessels that provide structure and help form and calcify the tooth as it was growing. This collection of blood vessels is called the pulp. The pulp becomes injured or infected through trauma to the tooth, extensive decay, chipping or cracking, or through repeated dental procedures. Once the pulp becomes infected, it can be identified through visible injury or swelling around the tooth and sensitivity to pressure, pain, or temperature in the tooth and gums. 

Root canals are most effective when performed by endodontists. These specialists have spent several years training in advanced therapies and procedures, and are better equipped to perform these dental procedures to save your natural tooth and avoid extraction.

How Root Canal Therapy Works

During root canal therapy, we will remove the infected pulp and thoroughly clean the root to then reshape the canal. To end the root canal, we will seal the tooth by using a biocompatible material and temporary filling. This procedure is typically done under local anesthesia to reduce any discomfort and pain the patient may experience during or after treatment. Root canals have an impressive 90% success rate with most procedures taking place in one session. Patients maintain the ability to drive home afterward and return to normal everyday activities shortly after their root canal. In some cases, we may place a crown on the treated tooth to better protect the root canal and ensure you regain full function and strength of your tooth. 

For more information on root canal therapy or to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at (937) 912-0101.

Our Endodontics Specialist

Dr. Mason Bahador

Dr. Bahador received his Bachelor and Master of science in civil engineering in Tehran. He moved to the US in 2008 and received his PhD in Civil engineering from North Carolina State University. While he enjoyed practicing as an engineer, Dr. Bahador realized his true passion is in healthcare. He found the field of dentistry to be a combination of engineering, medicine, and art.

Dr. Bahador decided to combine his engineering background with dentistry by attending The Ohio State University. Dr. Bahador obtained his DDS degree and received The Ohio State Academic Achievement Scholarship, graduating cum laude, in the top 10% of his class. After graduating, he moved to Baltimore, where he received his endodontic certificate from University of Maryland.

Outside of his clinical practice, Dr. Bahador has been actively involved in research and development. He was recognized by The Sherril Ann Siegel Memorial Award from University of Maryland for excellence in Endodontic research. Dr. Bahador has multiple scientific publications in both engineering and dentistry. He also has been developing new products for endodontics and has three utility patents. Dr. Bahador is a member of American Dental Association and American Association of Endodontists.

Dr. Bahador and his wife happily made their home in Ohio in 2012. Dr. Bahador and his team are looking forward to providing you with quality endodontic care in a relaxing and calming environment.