What is Root Canal Treatment?
Sometimes, we are unable to control what happens in our mouth. Perhaps we have an infection or an abscess that occurs near one of our teeth. This, in turn, can cause severe pain and discomfort for patients. In some instances, the only way to address this issue is to undergo root canal therapy.
While root canal therapy gets a "bad rap" in the dental industry, the procedure itself is not painful. However, the reason for the root canal is often what brings the patient in with pain and soreness that is unbearable. When a patient first comes to our doctors at LaserDentalAssociates.com of Sterling Heights with pain from an infection, they will administer antibiotics to help clear the infection from the tooth and gums. Once this has been addressed, a root canal appointment will be made.
During a root canal, the dentist drills a hole into the tooth, and using precision instruments, removes the dental pulp from inside of the tooth. The dental pulp houses the nerves, blood vessels, and tissues that keep the tooth alive. This is removed, the entire inside of the tooth is disinfected, and then composite filling material is used to seal the tooth.
Because root canals remove the inside tissues and nerves that provide blood to the tooth, they will often leave natural teeth weakened. Many teeth become brittle and more susceptible to damage after a root canal. Due to this, our doctors will often place a dental crown over the tooth to protect it. These crowns are made of porcelain with the in-office CEREC machine, and are placed during the dental appointment. This will allow the tooth to be protected from damage that may occur after root canal therapy.
Our doctors of Sterling Heights have performed thousands of root canals. They understand that it is sometimes necessary in order to salvage a natural tooth. Having your natural teeth is important for a long and healthy life, so root canals are often a better consideration than extraction of the tooth. By undergoing root canal therapy, you can improve your oral health and rid yourself of the pain and discomfort you may experience from the infected or inflamed tooth.
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