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By Cohen Modern Dentistry, P.C
November 08, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

If you are currently dealing with infected or inflamed teeth in Southgate, MI, root canals may be a necessary step. Visit us at Cohen Modern Dentistry, where Dr. Jason Cohen and Dr. Timothy Killgrove can help save your infected teeth.

What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a procedure that is used on a tooth that has infected or diseased pulp. During this procedure, the dead and dying pulp tissue is removed. The area is then cleaned, disinfected, and filled with biocompatible material. Once the pulp area has successfully been cleaned and filled, the tooth itself is then sealed up. In some cases, a crown may have to be placed on top of the filled tooth to further protect it.

How Can a Root Canal Heal Your Teeth?

While many people dread getting a root canal, a root canal is actually a great option to have. If your tooth is infected, a root canal can still save it. If your tooth cannot be saved, it will simply have to be pulled out. When you visit your local dentist in Southgate, MI, root canals are a major way we often save infected teeth and prevent further problems.

When a tooth is removed, it leaves an empty space in your mouth that will cause the other teeth to shift or migrate. In the end, you may end up needing a dental implant or bridgework, especially if chewing and talking ability are affected. 

In other words, be grateful when you still have the option of getting a root canal. Going through the root canal process to fix a diseased or infected tooth is way more time and cost-effective than losing a tooth. Missing teeth can even result in the loss of bone structure near the area.

Don’t be afraid to get root canals in Southgate, MI. At Cohen Modern Dentistry, Dr. Cohen and Dr. Killgrove can treat your infected teeth with as much care and comfort as possible. Call us at (734) 283-1263 for an appointment today.

By Cohen Modern Dentistry, P.C.
November 24, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

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!

By Cohen Modern Dentistry, P.C.
February 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Root Canal TreatmentHave you ever experienced a throbbing toothache? You'd do anything to make it stop, wouldn't you? At Cohen Modern Dentistry in Southgate, MI, Dr. Jason Cohen evaluates patients with toothaches and often recommends restorative root canal therapy. Comfortable, tooth-sparing, and pain-relieving, root canals extend the useful lives of millions of teeth every year.

Just What Are Root Canals?

Dentists call it endodontic therapy, but whatever the name, a root canal removes diseased and inflamed soft pulp from inside a tooth, including its roots. The pulp, composed of nerves, small blood vessels, and connective tissue, nourishes the tooth as it develops, but once a patient is an adult, the tooth can function well without the pulp. During a root canal procedure in Southgate, MI, Dr. Cohen opens the tooth, removes the pulp, seals the root canal and finally, crowns the tooth to strengthen and beautify it.

It Relieves Tooth Pain and More...

Root canal therapy has an undeserved reputation--that is, it's uncomfortable, causes infection in other parts of the body and simply doesn't work. Actually, the contrary is true, says the American Association of Endodontists (AAE). A root canal will relieve the pressure of an infected, injured tooth by removing the source of the problem and leaving only healthy tooth structure behind.

Additionally, root canal therapy eliminates infection at the source. The AAE maintains that there is no truth to the claim that having a root canal will make you sick.

Finally, most root canal procedures are highly successful. True, any dental procedure holds the possibility of failure, but by and large, root canals work and preserve tooth structure for many years.

Better Than Dental Extraction

Most dentists, including Dr. Cohen, would agree that root canal therapy is preferable to tooth extraction. Unless a tooth is hopelessly damaged, keeping it preserves natural tooth alignment, jaw bone dentistry, and strong biting and chewing. No dental prosthetic is equal to a real tooth.

Find Out More

If you have dental pain, drainage, a swollen jaw or other worrisome symptoms, Dr. Cohen will examine and X-ray your tooth and determine your best course of treatment. It could be root canal therapy. Please don't hesitate to call Cohen Modern Dentistry to schedule an appointment. Contact our Southgate, MI, office at (734) 283-1263.

By Cohen Modern Dentistry, P.C
June 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Tooth PainHave 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.