Have you been wondering if root canal therapy is the answer to your dental problems? Root canals offer important benefits for your oral and general health. Keeping your smile healthy and strong is the goal of our Southgate, MI, dentist, Dr. Jason Cohen
Why is a root canal needed?
Root canals are performed on teeth when the pulp becomes infected or inflamed. The pulp is a collection of nerves, blood vessels, and tissue that makes up the soft core of your tooth. Pulp played a very important role when your tooth first formed but isn't as vital any longer. If it must be removed, your tooth will continue to function normally.
How are root canals performed?
Root canals may sound a little scary, but they're actually very similar to having a cavity filled. After your tooth is opened with a drill in your Southgate dentist's office, the pulp is removed. A thorough cleaning of the tooth is the next step. As part of the cleaning process, the tiny canals that extend from the top of your tooth to the roots are shaped with small files. In most cases, you'll receive a temporary filling, then return to the dentist's office in a week or two for your permanent filling. A dental crown may also be recommended to strengthen your tooth.
What are the advantages of root canals?
Root canals offer several benefits, including:
- Pain Relief: Pain can be severe if your tooth is infected or inflamed. Removing the pulp eliminates pain. If you need a root canal, you may notice that your pain intensifies when you chew or press on your tooth or drink or eat hot or cold foods and beverages.
- A Complete Smile: Your inflammation or infection won't go away by itself. If you don't have a root canal, you'll lose your tooth.
- Elimination of Abscesses: Root canals are often necessary if you have a bacterial infection called an abscess. Unfortunately, the infection doesn't always remain in your tooth but can travel to your heart, lungs, or other areas of your body if it isn't treated with a root canal and antibiotics. You may have an abscess if you experience tooth pain, a fever, facial swelling, red or sore gums, and swollen lymph nodes.
Root canals can eliminate your pain and save your tooth! Call our Southgate, MI, dentist, Dr. Cohen, at (734) 283-1263 if you're suffering from pain in a tooth.