Root canal therapy is about saving your natural tooth. And here at Lakeshore Dental Specialists in Detroit, we help you deal with root canal treatments in a comfortable environment.
At Lakeshore Dental Specialists, we believe in saving any tooth. Extraction is always our last option. When the pulp of a tooth becomes infected, there are only two options: extract the tooth or, preferably, save your tooth by completing a root canal and restoring it with a crown or filling.
There is a misconception that root canal therapy is painful but we ensure you are comfortably numb before starting any treatment.
We also offer conscious sedations such as nitrous oxide or laughing gas to make sure you are relaxed during your treatment. The procedure involves carefully removing the pulp inside the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting the area, shaping the root canal(s), and placing a temporary filling to seal the space. We will place a crown or filling on the tooth to protect and seal it so it can be restored to full function.
There are no specific symptoms when it comes to needing root canal treatment. That is why it is so important to maintain your regular dental visits. There are some signs to look out for, including:
Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The most common cause of infection is bacteria finding its way inside the tooth through deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, shrinkage or breakage of an existing filling, or a crack or chip in the tooth.
You can expect your tooth to be sensitive for a few days after your visit. This is especially true if you were experiencing pain prior to your surgery.
Over-the-counter or prescription medications can help relieve any discomfort. After your root canal, you will need to treat the area with caution because your temporary crown or filling can fracture. That is why we recommend a soft food diet to minimize chewing in the area until your permanent crown or filling is sealed to protect your tooth. Once your crown or filling has been placed, your new tooth should last as long as any of your other natural teeth.
It may not be apparent that you require root canal therapy in Detroit because tiny hairline cracks in the teeth caused by trauma or chewing hard foods can be invisible to the naked eye. Once the pulp is infected, it cannot heal on its own and must be treated as soon as possible. If not taken care of, an infected pulp may result in a chronic, active bacterial infection that can grow into an abscess and even spread to nearby teeth.
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18501 E 8 Mile Rd, Eastpointe, MI 48021