At our office in Detroit 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.
Root canal treatment is a common and straightforward procedure that relieves dental pain and saves your tooth due to inflammation or infection inside the roots of your tooth.
Root canal therapy treats the inside of a tooth, specifically the pulp, a soft tissue under the white enamel and the dentin (hard layer). The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue that build the surrounding hard tissues of the tooth. It extends from the crown of the tooth down to the tip of the roots. Once fully formed, a tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by other surrounding tissues. We strive to provide you with the best root canal Detroit has to offer, so call today.
Can all teeth be treated?
Advances in technology means most teeth can be treated. It may be possible that a tooth cannot be saved due to inadequate bone support, root fracture, or tooth that cannot be restored usually due to deep decay.
At our dental office in Detroit, 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:
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.
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
It may not be apparent that you require root canal therapy 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