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Root Canal

An infected tooth can cause oral health issues such as pain, decay, and sensitivity. 

A root canal removes the infected pulp and tissue to restore your oral health and preserve the tooth structure. 

Serving the Portage, MI, area, Dr. Michael Sharp and Dr. Aoua Coulibaly provide comfortable root canals to eliminate pain and infection.

Experiencing a Dental Emergency? Call us immediately!

Dental emergencies such as tooth pain and infection should be addressed as soon as possible. Our dentists serving Portage, MI, can help address your emergency promptly, which can mean the difference between saving teeth and losing them. Call us for emergency dental care.

What Is a Root Canal?

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An infection occurs when bacteria enters a tooth via cracks, cavities, or other damage. This can cause sensitivity, pain, and an abscess, and put you at risk for the infection to spread. A root canal is a dental procedure in which your dentist removes the infected tooth pulp, which is made up of blood vessels, nerves, and other soft tissues. Root canal therapy preserves the tooth structure while addressing the infection.

Why Choose Sharp Smile Center
for Your Root Canal?
Serving the Portage and Kalamazoo area for over 30 years

Advanced Training

Together, Dr. Sharp and Dr. Coulibaly have nearly 50 years of experience providing world-class dentistry. Dr. Sharp studied under true masters of dentistry, including the famous Dr. Bill Dorfman of Extreme Smile Makeover.

Advanced Technology

Our CEREC® and CAD/CAM technology mean you don't have to wait for a lab to craft a dental crown following root canal therapy. You can leave your appointment with a permanent crown in place. 

Relaxing Care

Your comfort is important to us at Sharp Smile Center. We offer sedation dentistry and luxury amenities such as a coffee bar, iPads, Tempurpedic pads, anti-noise headphones, and more.

One-Stop Shop

Because our dentists have undergone extensive training, they can provide a wide range of treatments to address all of your dental needs in one convenient location without having to refer you out.

Comfortable Care to Relieve Your Pain Call us to schedule an appointment today

An infected tooth can cause pain and lead to other oral health issues if left unaddressed. When you visit Sharp Smile Center, you can depend on Dr. Sharp and Dr. Coulibaly to provide fast and effective relief.

We go above and beyond to ensure you are completely comfortable during your treatment with luxury amenities, advanced technology, and even sedation options. Our CEREC® technology also means you can leave your appointment with a permanent crown instead of waiting weeks for a lab to craft one.

Don't risk further oral health complications. Request an appointment using our online form or call us today at:

(269) 344-4004

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Whether you need an emergency root canal procedure or a routine cleaning, you can find top care at Sharp Smile Center.

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Best root canal I've ever had! Well if they can be good that is... Wonderful staff that cares about every patient!

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Root Canal Treatment Timeline

Your dentist will take care to ensure you are completely comfortable during treatment. We offer sedation options to Portage and Kalamazoo patients who require an extra level of comfort care.
Your dentist will take care to ensure you are completely comfortable during treatment. We offer sedation options to Portage and Kalamazoo patients who require an extra level of comfort care.

Initial Consultation

Your dentist will examine your mouth and identify the infected tooth or teeth to determine if a root canal is the right treatment for you. While the goal of root canal treatment is to preserve the tooth, in rare cases of extreme damage, decay, or extensive infection, an extraction may be best to preserve your dental health.


Your dentist will begin your root canal treatment by numbing the area with a local anesthetic. This ensures you do not feel any pain during treatment. Should you feel any discomfort, please let your dentist know immediately so he can make the needed adjustments to ease your pain.

Root Canal Treatment

Once you are completely numbed, your dentist will begin your root canal by making a small opening in the tooth so that he or she can reach the pulp and infection. The pulp is made up of nerves, tissue, and blood vessels, and once bacteria enters and causes infection, this pulp must be removed to preserve the tooth. After the pulp and infection are removed, the tooth will be cleaned and filled. 

Crown Placement

Following your root canal, your tooth may require a crown to provide support and protection for your tooth. In most cases, a crown can be crafted in-office the same day using CEREC technology. This eliminates the need for a temporary crown while you wait for a permanent crown to be crafted in a lab. The crown is permanently bonded to your tooth.


There is minimal recovery time needed for a root canal. Your dentist may suggest soft foods for a day or two as the area may be a bit tender. However, you should not experience significant pain or discomfort. If you do, please contact our Portage-area dental practice immediately so we can address the issue as soon as possible.

A Closer Look at Root Canal Treatment

Don't I Need an Endodontist for a Root Canal?


No. While an endodontist is specifically trained to perform root canals and address other issues relating to the tooth roots, Dr. Sharp and Dr. Coulibaly have extensive training and experience in root canal therapy. Should you need other dental treatments when you come to Sharp Smile Center for your root canal, our dentists can perform a wide range of general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry treatments to meet all your dental care needs under one roof. From filling a cavity to implants and veneers, Sharp Smile Center is your one-stop shop for excellent dentistry care.

Financing Options Available

At Sharp Smile Center, we work with most insurance providers to reduce or even eliminate any out-of-pocket costs for your root canal. For those without insurance or to finance costs not covered by insurance, we also accept CareCredit® and LendingClub® to make treatment more affordable.

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Greatly appreciate the genuine care and state of the art treatment I receive through Sharp Smile Center!

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Love this office! From the check in/out process to the amazing hygienist (Nicole) and last but not least Dr.C. Every aspect of my dental care is out in my hands and everyone is understanding and non judgemental about when and what can be done. I have never been happier with a dental office.

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Dr. Michael Sharp

Sharp Smile Center

Dr. Michael Sharp believes in using his advanced dentistry skills and top-of-the-line dental technology to help people change their lives for the better — inside and out. Dr. Sharp belongs to a number of prominent organizations, including the:
  • Accredited, Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Fellow 
  • American Dental Association
  • Michigan Dental Association

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We invite you to request a consultation online or call us at (269) 344-4004 today.

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"Eight implants and many crowns later, I have a smile to be proud of. With the aid of sedation, we got a lot done in a short time. THANK YOU Dr. Sharp and staff for getting me through my dental problems." Gene

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