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Brownstown Charter Township Root Canal Therapy

woman in dental chair receiving treatment Even our bravest patients give a shudder when they hear the words root canal. These restorative treatments have earned an unfair reputation for being extremely painful. At Ultimate Dental, we work hard to offer comfortable dentistry services to keep patients’ smiles whole and healthy, and we have good news about root canal therapy. It actually relieves pain and dental sensitivity for most patients. Skilled restorative dentist, Sammi Hadad, DDS, and our entire Brownstown Charter Township team offer effective dental services to relieve pain and renew oral health – yes – even root canals. If you’re interested in learning more, call to schedule an appointment with our team today.

When are Root Canals Necessary?

Root canal therapy is necessary when tooth decay or damage reaches the interior pulp layers of teeth. Within the pulp layers of the tooth, the nerve system runs out to the rest of the body, and when this nerve is directly accessed, the result is severe pain and sensitivity that can preclude root canal treatment.

Do I Need a Root Canal?

Man receiving dental treatment In most cases, we provide root canal treatment on an emergency basis, so it’s important for patients to recognize the warning signs and call us right away. Some of the common symptoms include:

  • Severe toothache
  • Dental sensitivity
  • Darkening of tooth enamel
  • Inflammation in gums around the tooth
  • Infection in gums that may appear like a pimple on the surface of gums
  • Other signs of infection like fever or nausea

How are Root Canals Performed?

Young woman I dental chair giving thumbs up Root canals are actually very straightforward. We begin by numbing the area around the tooth. Then, we drill a small access hole from the top of the tooth into the pulp. The damaged pulp and nerve tissues are removed through the access hole. The tooth is refilled with a biocompatible substance, and the access hole is resealed. In most cases, we also recommend the placement of a dental crown. Though we refill the tooth, it is still weakened from the trauma of decay or damage paired with the removal of the pulp and nerve. A dental crown will fortify the treated tooth and protect it from additional damage. In some cases, there is significant infection inside and/or around the tooth. We may need to provide oral or topical antibiotics before completing treatment to avoid reinfection. In most cases, we will provide a course of antibiotics following your treatment to reduce risk of infection after your root canal treatment. It’s important to complete your antibiotic treatment as directed even if you don’t notice signs of infection.

What Happens After Root Canal Therapy?

Older man in dental chair looking at smile in mirror Following a root canal, most patients feel immediate relief from their toothache and dental sensitivity. After treatment, you will need to avoid chewing on the treated tooth for the first few days, especially if you have a temporary dental crown. There may be some mild swelling around the tooth or lingering sensitivity for the first 48 hours after treatment. If you are still experiencing severe or worsening pain or sensitivity, call us immediately. This can be a sign that you need root canal retreatment.