Root Canals



Dr. Young is a general dentist, not a specialist, but in dental school, general dentists learn about many dental specialties. Endodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the internal structures of teeth. As a general dentist, Dr. Young offers root canal treatment, an endodontic procedure.

Tooth Anatomy

The part of the tooth you see in your mouth is called the crown. Below the crown, anchored in your jawbone by cementum, is the tooth’s root. The white covering you see on your teeth is the outermost layer, called tooth enamel. Below enamel is a layer of dentin, a sensitive, softer substance. At the core of your tooth is a chamber called a canal. A nerve and other tissues we call pulp are housed in the tooth’s canal, and the canal runs through the roots of the tooth. The nerve connects a living tooth to the blood stream, supplies nutrients, and removes waste.

Tooth Root Damage

A cavity or fracture that extends into a tooth’s canal exposes the nerve to bacteria. Normally, the sealed chamber protects the nerve. If bacteria infiltrate the canal, infection develops. As the infection grows, pressure builds inside the tooth.

You may experience these symptoms if your tooth root is harmed:

  • Sensitivity to temperature
  • Sensitivity to sweets
  • Pain in and around the tooth
  • Swelling around the tooth
  • Pain when the tooth is under pressure
  • A bad taste in your mouth
  • No symptoms at all

Modern Root Canal Procedure

Once a tooth’s nerve is infected, the tooth cannot survive. If the infection is found and treated in time, the tooth might be saved (able to remain in place) with root canal therapy. The procedure involves removing the infection and filling the tooth’s canal with a manmade substance, then crowning the tooth.

Today, we have sedation dentistry and micro-tools to make root canals more comfortable and precise than ever before. Dr. Young performs most one-visit root canals in our office, but if you require a more complex procedure, he will refer you to a reputable local endodontist.

An Invitation Just for You

Call Dr. Michael Young, DDS at (337) 23-SMILE to schedule your checkup, consultation, or second-opinion visit. Our Lafayette dentist office serves patients from the Youngsville, Broussard, Scott, Breaux Bridge , and surrounding communities. We are open Monday through Friday, and Dr. Young is always available to see dental emergency cases.