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By P Steven Wainess DDS
August 19, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

If tooth pain is making it difficult for you to eat, brush, and simply get through the day, you may be in need of a root canal. A root canal is a procedure that restores the health of your tooth.

At the St. Clair Shores, MI, office of your dentist, Dr. Steven Wainess, we can alleviate the pain from your damaged tooth and have you feeling better in just a couple of days.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Dental decay or damage ranges in severity, and sometimes a less invasive procedure can remedy the issue. However, signs including the following could indicate a root canal is needed:

  • Intense pain while biting and chewing
  • Severe decay
  • Swollen, tender gums
  • A severely cracked, chipped, or fractured tooth
  • A deep cavity
  • Extensive decay
  • Darkened gum tissue or bumps on the gum

What is the procedure for a root canal?

Your dentist at our St. Clair Shores, MI, office will place you under anesthesia so you are comfortable for the procedure and then access the pulp of the affected tooth. The infected or decayed pulp will be removed before your dentist cleans and disinfects the void. To seal off your tooth and restore its shape, a filling or crown will be applied. A root canal protects the tooth from further decay, bacterial growth, or infection, and will restore the appearance of your tooth so it looks natural and healthy.

After your procedure, you may experience discomfort for a few days. Your dentist may prescribe an antibiotic to help with the healing process and avoiding hard or crunchy foods can help alleviate soreness.

If you have tooth pain, don't delay your care. Make an appointment with Dr. Wainess, your dentist in St. Clair Shores, MI, by calling (586) 293-1515.


By P Steven Wainess DDS
December 11, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

How a root canal can give your tooth a second chance.

If you suffer from tooth pain that never seems to go away, you might be tempted to just have the tooth removed. Don’t do it! You will be faced with living with an incomplete smile or replacing the tooth with a dental appliance or a dental implant. You can eliminate tooth pain and save your tooth with root canal treatment.

Dr. P. Steven Wainess in St. Clair Shores, Michigan offers a wide selection of dental services, including root canal treatment to give your tooth a second chance.

Dental pain is often caused by tooth decay. If decay has penetrated the upper two tooth layers, the enamel, and dentin, you can still get relief with a simple filling in most cases.

If the decay has penetrated the innermost layer of your tooth, an area known as the pulp, this is where the nerves and blood supply to the tooth are located. If you have pulp involvement, you need a root canal to save the tooth.

To start a root canal, your dentist will make a small opening on the top of your tooth. The infected and diseased pulp tissue is drawn out through this opening.

A sedative material is placed inside your tooth. This material eliminates infection, inflammation, pressure, and pain. After your tooth pain is completely gone, the sedative material is removed and inert material is placed inside your tooth. The inert material stays inside your tooth and the opening is filled with a small permanent filling. Your root canal is complete, your pain is gone, and you still get to keep your tooth.

If you have tooth pain, keep your tooth and your smile by choosing root canal treatment. To find out more about root canal treatment and why it is an excellent option to eliminate tooth pain and save your smile, talk with an expert. Call Dr. P. Steven Wainess in St. Clair Shores, Michigan at (586) 293-1515. Call today!



By P Steven Wainess DDS
January 16, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

A cracked or infected tooth can't repair itself. To survive, it needs expert care from Dr. P. Steven Wainess, your dentist in St. Clair Shores. Root_CanalHe offers root canal therapy to save endangered teeth; this reliable restoration leaves your tooth comfortable, strong and beautiful. Why would you need a root canal?

Know what a root canal is

It's not the painful, long process people believe it to be. Instead, it's a two-visit procedure which removes inflamed pulp tissue from inside a front or back tooth. With the benefit of local anesthesia, you'll undergo this treatment which heals infection and strengthens tooth structure. Also called endodontic therapy, root canal treatments are wonderful alternatives to tooth loss.

After a qualifying exam and X-rays, you receive a numbing injection. Then, Dr. Wainess opens each narrow chamber, or root canal, in the affected tooth. and removes the infected pulp or nerve. The adult tooth no longer requires this nerve tissue and actually can last a lifetime without it.

Once your Dr. Wainess cleans all canals, he disinfects them and fills them with a biocompatible sealant called gutta-percha. Then, he places a temporary restoration over the tooth. You go home to heal, gently cleaning the area and eating a softer diet for about a week or so.

Next, you'll return to the office. Teeth treated with root canal therapy benefit from final restoration with a customized porcelain crown.

Reasons to get a root canal

There are many reasons why Dr. P. Steven Wainess recommends a root canal:

  1. To stop infection from spreading beyond the original site
  2. To avoid extracting a damaged or abscessed tooth and the accompanying consequences of tooth loss
  3. To improve smile appearance and the oral functions of biting, chewing and speaking
  4. To quell pain and dental sensitivity to cold, heat and pressure
  5. To alleviate the symptoms of abscess--drainage, bad breath, and throbbing toothache


Find out more

Never wait on tooth ache pain or other oral symptoms. If you are concerned about the health of a tooth, contact the office of Dr. P. Steven Wainess in St. Clair Chores. A root canal or other restorative treatment could save that ailing tooth. Phone our office team at (586) 293-1515.

By P Steven Wainess DDS
May 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

If you have questions about root canal treatment, we have answers.

Unfortunately the words “root canal” are often synonymous with worry, dread, pain and other unpleasant descriptors; however, our St. Clair Shores, MI, dentist Dr. P. Steven Wainess wants to dispel these awful myths surrounding this extremely common and fairly simple endodontic procedure.

What are the benefits of a root canal?

The most obvious benefit of getting a root canal is that this simple procedure could end up saving your tooth and prevent the need for an extraction in the future. The goal should always be to preserve a natural tooth whenever possible.

Once the tooth has been treated, Dr. Wainess will also place a dental crown over it to protect the weak tooth and to restore strength and resilience back into the tooth. Once the crown is cemented into place the tooth is fully restored so you can enjoy all of your favorite foods again.

But isn’t a root canal painful?

Before performing a root canal, our St. Clair Shores, MI, general dentist will numb the gums with a local anesthetic so you won’t feel anything.

In many cases, a patient discovers that they need a root canal because they were dealing with a painful toothache that didn’t go away. An infected dental pulp can cause some pretty intense and unbearable pain. In order to get rid of your pain, we will need to remove the infected pulp. So, in essence, a root canal is designed to eliminate pain not cause it. Some patients even report immediate relief once the infected pulp has been removed.

If you are dealing with a toothache or sudden tooth sensitivity these are classic warning signs that you might need root canal therapy. Don’t ignore your symptoms. Call our St. Clair Shores, MI, dental office at (586) 293-1515 today and let us know what’s going on.

By P Steven Wainess DDS
November 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal   Tooth Pain  

ToothacheIf the thought of undergoing root canal therapy scares you, you are not alone. Given the images that a root canal conjures for most people thanks to jokes and urban legends about the horrors associated with the procedure, it's no surprise that most people would do just about anything to avoid hearing the dreaded words from the dentist. But not only are the rumors about root canal therapy untrue, the truth is that ignoring dental problems for fear of treatment will actually do more harm than good. Dr. P. Steven Wainess, a dentist in St. Clair Shores, MI, offers general, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry services to help improve your smile and oral health.

Root Canal Therapy in St. Clair Shores, MI

Root canal therapy is usually necessary when a tooth becomes infected. If bacteria reaches the pulp (the nerves, blood vessels, and soft tissue inside the tooth), the root and damaged tissue are removed to clear the infection and save the tooth from permanent damage. In reality, the procedure is not especially traumatic and is actually fairly similar to filling a cavity. The dentist drills a small hole in the tooth (after applying anesthesia to numb the area to minimize any pressure or discomfort), removes the damaged tissue, cleans the tooth from the inside out and removes all bacteria, and then seals the tooth.

How to Know if You Need a Root Canal

A dental exam and x-ray are necessary to determine whether you need root canal therapy, but here are a few signs and symptoms that may indicate that you will need a root canal:

  • Moderate to severe toothache
  • Sudden tooth sensitivity
  • Dark stain or discoloration
  • Inflammation/swelling
  • Pus or other signs of infection

Find a Dentist in St. Clair Shores, MI

For more information about root canal therapy, contact our office by calling (586) 293-1515 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wainess today.