You have a tooth that looks dark and feels very sensitive. Plus, you notice a couple of sores on your gum tissue. At Cohen Modern Dentistry in Southgate, MI, Dr. Jason Cohen offer comfortable and efficacious root canal therapy. This well-respected procedure could save your tooth.
What does root canal therapy involve?
Root canal therapy also called endodontic therapy--removes inflamed and infected soft pulp from the interior of a sick tooth. Whether your tooth is fractured, deeply decayed, abscessed, or simply weak from multiple procedures, it is in danger of extraction. And, dental extraction must be a last resort whenever possible.
So, before a root canal treatment at Cohen Modern Dentistry in Southgate, MI, your dentist will look at your tooth and its surrounding tissues, X-ray it, and review your symptoms. Many root canal patients come to our office suffering from a toothache, drainage, bad breath, missing tooth structure, cracked fillings, or a whole host of difficult dental symptoms.
These patients may be tempted to extract a troublesome tooth and just be done with it. However, if you can save a tooth, you also save your oral function, smile appearance, bone structure, and more.
So, regarding your tooth, if it qualifies for a root canal, you'll receive a numbing shot. Your dentist then accesses each root canal, the slender chamber coursing down every tooth root. He removes the damaged pulp (composed of nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels), cleans the canals, and adds a sealant called gutta-percha.
A temporary crown caps off the tooth, and you go home to heal for a week or so. When you return to the office, you'll receive a brand-new porcelain crown to support, protect, and enhance the appearance of the restored tooth.
Would this procedure help your tooth?
The American Association of Endodontists says that up to 98 percent of root canal treatments succeed, and the teeth go on for years and years. Pain and other symptoms resolve, and best of all, you get to keep the tooth and avoid pulling it.
Living with your restored tooth
Once healed, expect your tooth to function well and look great. Enjoy your favorite healthy food selections, brush and floss daily, and see your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and oral examination.
Root canal therapy really does work
At the first sign of dental pain or other unusual symptoms, please contact Cohen Modern Dentistry in Southgate, MI at (734) 283-1263 today!