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Root Canal Therapy

Advanced tooth decay or infection can cause a host of uncomfortable symptoms and make eating or speaking feel impossible.

At Dearborn Family Dentistry, we perform root canal therapy to eliminate pain and protect your oral health against further damage.

Find out why you should choose our dental practice in Dearborn, MI, for a root canal...

Preserve a Damaged Tooth with Gentle Root Canal Therapy

Dental infection can cause discomfort and threaten your oral and general health. Our dentists, Drs. Mark Luria and Rena Allswang, have extensive experience detecting and treating infected teeth.

Root canal therapy, often referred to simply as root canal, has a reputation for being unpleasant. However, today's root canal procedures are typically no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled, especially when performed by an experienced endodontics team. You can rest assured our dentists use the most conservative and proven techniques to painlessly restore your tooth.

What Are the Benefits of a Root Canal?

Pain Relief

Tooth decay and infection can cause throbbing pain that may be unbearable to deal with. We eliminate tooth pain for good and grant our patients peace of mind.

Preserve Teeth

Extracting a tooth can lead to a misaligned bite or weakened jaw, causing more oral health problems. As a result, a root canal is always preferred over tooth extraction, if possible. 

Gentle Treatment

Most of our patients don't feel a thing during root canal treatment. We use gentle, conservative techniques to ensure your utmost comfort at all times.

Prevent Infection

An untreated infection can spread to surrounding teeth and gums, compromising your oral health and increasing the likelihood of costly treatment in the future.

What Happens during a Root Canal?

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Root canal therapy consists of several steps which will clean out, protect, and strengthen a damaged tooth.

When Is a Root Canal Necessary?

When the pulp inside a tooth becomes infected or damaged, it can lead to considerable discomfort. This is usually the surest sign that a root canal may be necessary

Tooth decay that is left untreated will eventually spread from the enamel and penetrate into the pulp cavity, which contains blood vessels, nerves, and other soft tissues. We use digital x-rays and other advanced technology tools to look into your tooth, evaluate your case accurately, and determine if a root canal is necessary.

We Treat Our Patients Like Family

When you search for a dentist for a root canal, you want someone who has years of experience under their belt. Here at Dearborn Family Dentistry, we've been treating patients for over 70 years and have performed hundreds of root canals.

We're driven by the community we serve, the people we meet, and being able to positively impact our patients' lives. To schedule a consultation or learn more about endodontics, call our office in Dearborn, MI, at:

(313) 565-5507

Drs. Mark Luria, Rena Allswang, and associates

"By All Means, They Are Truly a Family Dentistry" Five-Star Reviews


Omar Khazendar


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What a wonderful and compassionate group of people the Dearborn Family Dentistry folks are. Their dedication to serve and their eagerness to help can unmistakably be felt from the initial moment of contact. Their attention to details, from scheduling to the technical work goes beyond anything we've ever experienced. Indeed they have succeeded in mastering the art of professional performance, yet never lost focus on the human side of their business: their customers. By all means, they are truly a FAMILY DENTISTRY.

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Pamela Mcbee


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If your looking for a Friendly, Professional, PAIN-FREE dental office, this is the one !! Dearborn Family Dentistry is the best of the best !! I’ve never been put off when I’ve needed an appointment when I am having a problem, I’ve always been seen that very day. I just had a crown done without ANY discomfort or soreness. And I never felt Dr Bruce giving me the shot. His assistant Patti is as caring as they come. She made sure I was totally comfortable. And everyone is super friendly!! When you have to pull your wallet out at the Front Desk, they do it with a beautiful smile

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Do You Have These Symptoms?

Signs that you may have a dental infection and require a root canal include:

  • Tooth is sensitive to hot or cold
  • Discomfort or pain near the affected tooth
  • Gum tenderness or inflammation
  • Darkened tooth enamel
  • Difficulty chewing comfortably
  • Small bumps or discoloration along the gums

Your Comfort Is Our Top Priority

We don't want the fear of a root canal to stop you from getting treatment. Delaying treatment leads to more complex dental issues that require extensive and costly treatment.

When you visit our practice in Dearborn, MI, we strive to create an atmosphere that is calm and soothing. We encourage you to make yourself comfortable by listening to music with our headphones or immersing yourself in a TV show or movie. Additionally, we offer nitrous oxide sedation to help ease any dental anxiety you may be experiencing. If there is anything we can do to make your visit more enjoyable, our staff is more than happy to accommodate.

What to Expect during Treatment

Day of Procedure

Our dentist will use digital x-rays to assess your tooth and plan treatment.
We will administer anesthesia to numb your tooth and surrounding gum tissue. Patients may also receive nitrous oxide to help calm any nerves.
A small hole is drilled on the surface of the tooth, providing access to the pulp.
Your dentist removes the infected tissue and sterilizes the pulp chamber and root canals.
The area is filled with a rubber-like dental material to provide strength.
Your dentist seals the tooth with a temporary filling to protect it.
The tooth is reshaped in preparation for a dental crown at a follow-up visit at our Dearborn, MI, office.

Protect Your Tooth with a Dental Crown

After receiving a root canal, your tooth is still vulnerable to damage. At your follow-up visit, our dentists will remove your temporary filling and prepare the tooth to be fitted for a dental crown. A dental crown fully encapsulates the tooth, providing protection, and even improving aesthetics for some patients.

We offer durable crowns crafted from dental-grade porcelain, which are designed to withstand enormous pressure. With proper care, your restoration will last for many years.

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"I Actually Look Forward to Going Back!"


Samantha Barcenas


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Just left the office and I felt compelled to write a review right away, I have always been terrified of the dentist (bad experience with a filling when I was younger) I am so happy to say that After leaving here tonight, I no longer feel that same fear. Dr. Mark and patti were so great and reassuring and took such excellent care of me. I actually look forward to going back and I can confidently say I made the right decision in putting my teeth in their care. Highly recommend this office. The whole staff is just great.

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Katherine Pates


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I haven't been to a dentist in over 10 years because of bad experiences I've had in the past, but this dental office brought back my confidence with going to the dentist. I contacted them and explained that I had a toothache. They got me in as soon as I had the time to get to the office. The staff there was super friendly and reassuring. I explained to them my anxieties about going to the dentist, and they did everything the could to make me feel at ease and comfortable. I will definitely be back for my follow up visits and future cleanings and treatments. Thank you for the wonderful experience!

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Root Canal vs. Dental Implants

Here at Dearborn Family Dentistry, we always choose to perform a root canal over a tooth extraction when possible. A missing tooth eventually needs to be replaced because it can lead to teeth shifting and bone atrophy in the jaw.

One of the most popular options for doing so is a dental implant, a more invasive and expensive surgical procedure compared to a root canal. Dental implant treatment can span many months with healing time in between, making it an inconvenient option for patients. After receiving an implant, a restoration such as a denture or crown is attached, acting as the replacing tooth. Whether you choose an implant-supported denture or crown, the overall treatment cost is far more than you would spend with a simple root canal treatment.

What Is the Cost of Root Canal Treatment?

The cost of a root canal depends mainly on which tooth receives treatment. Your back teeth, known as the maxillary molars, contain three roots, while other teeth only have one root. The number of roots affects the cost of treatment.

We are upfront with all of our costs and will provide you with an estimate before beginning treatment. We understand that the cost of dental care can be overwhelming, so we've partnered with a third-party financing to help make treatment more affordable. We work with CareCredit, and our staff in Dearborn, MI, can help walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

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Dearborn Family Dentistry

Dearborn Family Dentistry is a comprehensive dental practice that has been serving the Dearborn, MI, area for more than 70 years. We welcome whole families and are available for dental emergencies. Our dentists are affiliated with:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Michigan Dental Association
  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • The International Congress of Oral Implantologists

To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call (313) 565-5507. We hope to see you soon!

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"Our dentists are passionate about helping patients. Drs. Mark Luria and Rena Allswang all began careers in dentistry to improve not only their patients' smiles, but also the quality of their lives."

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