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Root Canal

When infection and decay reach the inner pulp of a tooth, it can cause intense dental pain and even tooth loss

Drs. Christopher and Parker DeMille can repair and protect your tooth with root canal treatment

Discover the advantages of a root canal procedure...

What Is a Root Canal?

A tooth infection can cause severe dental sensitivity and if left untreated may need extraction. Root canal therapy, or a root canal for short, is a surgical procedure in which the infected dental pulp inside the tooth is removed. This eliminates both the bacteria causing the decay and the resulting pain. 

Despite popular misconceptions, root canals are a simple, virtually painless procedure

How does an infection affect my teeth?

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What Happens during the Procedure?

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Here is what patients can expect during a root canal at our Salt Lake City and West Valley City dental practices...

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One of our skilled restorative dentists will provide a local anesthetic to ensure you are teeth and gums are numb before beginning the dental procedure. 


Once you are comfortable, the dentist will create a small hole in the affected tooth to expose the inner pulp.


We extract the decayed pulp using a canal file. The dentist disinfects the inner structure by flushing the canal with a sterile solution and may apply a topical antibiotic if necessary. 


After the area is sterilized, it is sealed with an inert rubber-like substance to fill and provide support to the canal. Depending on the condition of your tooth, we may wait a few days for the infection to clear before securing the finishing touches. 

Dental Crown

If your natural tooth structure is severely weakened, we often recommend capping it with a dental crown. The dentist takes impressions of your teeth to design a custom restoration and secures the crown to the outer surface of your enamel.

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Dr Mackay was amazing. Probably the best dental experience I have had and I am not a fan of having to go to the dentist. Root canal and multiple crowns and he was gentle, thorough and kind. Even fixed a cosmetic issue at no charge so i would feel better. He explained anything i wanted to know. I highly reccomend him!!

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I was very nervous about having my teeth worked on but the staff and doctor were very helpful and kind they helped ease my anxiety and made sure I was thoroughly numb before proceeding with my root canal I definitely recommend them ! Thank you dr and staff !

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Dental Care after a Root Canal 

After root canal treatment, the dentists will provide detailed instructions for recovery and maintenance. 

Pain Management

You may experience some dental sensitivity and swelling in the first few days after your root canal. We recommend taking some over the counter pain relievers to mitigate side effects.


The dentist may prescribe antibiotics after the procedure to completely eliminate bacterial infection. Take these as prescribed even if your symptoms have subsided.

Maintaining Your Restoration

Caring for your tooth after treated with a crown or filling is very simple. Practice good oral hygiene brushing and flossing daily, and attend your biannual check-up at the dentist's office. 

DeMille MacKay Dental

DeMille MacKay Dental

At DeMille MacKay Dental, we are committed to offering state-of-the-art treatments for patients of all ages. We can help you achieve your cosmetic and oral health goals through advanced technology, innovative techniques, and comprehensive on-site care. Our dentists are affiliated with the:

To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call our West Valley City office at (801) 969-3025.

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