Root canals are one of the most misunderstood dental procedures. Studies show that 54% of Americans "fear" root canal treatment, despite the fact that 25 million root canals are performed every year.
Root canals are the best way to save your natural teeth when they're severely infected, and they're a very valuable restorative dental procedure. Here at Livonia Dental Care, we think it's important to help clear up some of the myths surrounding root canals.
Understanding the Root Canal Procedure
Root canal therapy is a procedure used to restore a tooth when the tooth pulp becomes infected. Tooth pulp is the fibrous tissue underneath your tooth enamel. It can become infected when a tooth is damaged or experiences significant decay. If left untreated, this infection will almost always result in a lost tooth.
Luckily, the procedure itself is quite simple. After a topical anesthetic is applied, Dr. Jay Nitzkin or Dr. Ali Ismail will open up a small hole in the dental enamel of the tooth. The infected pulp is removed from the root, and the interior and exterior of the tooth are cleaned thoroughly to ensure the infection does not recur. The pulp inside the tooth is replaced by a rubbery substance known as gutta percha, which provides strength and structure to the bone.
Finally, the tooth will be filled with a filling, and maybe capped with a dental crown at a later appointment. It's that simple!
Common Signs That You May Need a Root Canal
Infected teeth can arise with many different signs and symptoms. Here are some of the common indicators that you may have an infected tooth that requires endodontic treatment:
- Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Discoloration of tooth
- Pain upon chewing or touching your tooth
- Swelling of surrounding gum tissue
- Redness or bleeding of gums surrounding tooth
- Significant, unyielding pain or toothache
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, come to Livonia Dental Care today to be examined, so we can determine whether or not you require root canal therapy.
The Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
There are many benefits of root canal therapy that make it the best choice for saving infected teeth.
- Relieves pain and discomfort - The pain of an infected tooth can be horrible. Sensitivity to heat, toothaches, and even headaches are common. Root canal treatments allow patients to get relief from this irritation.
- Restores natural function of your tooth - After your tooth has had a permanent root canal or filling applied, it will be restored to a totally normal appearance with no discoloration or pain. You can chew, eat, and speak normally.
- Prevents tooth loss - Untreated, severe tooth decay will result in the loss of the affected tooth. Worse yet, the infection could spread to surrounding tissue. By removing the infection completely, a root canal allows you to prevent this occurrence and save your existing tooth.
As you can see, root canals are one of the most powerful, versatile oral treatments available, and they have a variety of benefits.
Come to Livonia Dental Care for Expert Endodontic Treatment!
If you suspect you may have an infected tooth, come to Livonia Dental Care today. Dr. Jay Nitzkin and Dr. Ali Ismail can examine your oral health, determine whether or not a root canal is necessary, and provide you with a customized treatment plan.
At our practice, we work hard to make you feel comfortable throughout your entire treatment, and we provide five-star care and service. If you think you may need a root canal, don't hesitate to contact us by phone at 734-402-8833 or in-person at our office, located at 33428 Five Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48154!