Root Canals in Royal Oak, MI

Do you need a gentle root canal in Royal Oak, MI?

At Family Dentistry of Royal Oak, we think the root canal's reputation for being painful is unfair, and it’s time for a change.

Did you know that studies have shown that patients who rate root canal therapy as painful are much less likely to have ever had a root canal performed?

At Family Dentistry of Royal Oak, we take advantage of advances in dental technology and techniques to perform gentle root canals that are efficient, effective, and comfortable.

If you have a toothache or tooth sensitivity, we urge you to contact our dental office to schedule an exam with your dentist in Royal Oak, MI.

We also invite you to continue reading to learn more about gentle root canals in Royal Oak, MI.

What is a root canal in Royal Oak, MI?

While the procedure is often referred to as “getting a root canal,” the root canal is technically part of the anatomy of your tooth. The root canal is a naturally occurring space in your tooth that houses the pulp chamber and the tooth’s nerve.

When the pulp chamber becomes injured or infected, or the nerve dies, sometimes the only way to save the tooth is to open it, clean out the infection, and fill the tooth. We may place a crown on your tooth following a root canal, specifically if the infection has rendered it weak. The dental crown supports and protects your tooth as well as restore it to full functionality.

Before we proceed with your root canal therapy, we will make sure that you are completely numb so that you don’t feel pain. Many people who require root canal therapy come to our office in pain, and a root canal relieves that pain.

You may feel some discomfort following the procedure (after the anesthetic has worn off). This distress is your immune system responding to the infection or trauma to the tooth. As soon as your body realizes that the problem has been taken care of, the inflammatory process will stop, and you will feel much better, often within hours following the procedure.

Your dentist may recommend a pain reliever following your gentle root canal in Royal Oak to see you through; typically a store-bought medication is sufficient.

Do I need a root canal?

The symptom that usually brings people into our office for a root canal is pain. This pain can be quite severe and is generally worsened by pressure, especially chewing. If the nerve of the tooth is dead, however, you may not feel any pain.

Some of the other signs that point to a damaged or infected root canal include:

  • Ongoing sensitivity
  • Tooth discoloration
  • An abscess (a pimple-like lesion) in the gums near the tooth
  • Swelling or pain in the gums near the tooth

If you experience any of these symptoms, call us today to schedule an examination with Royal Oak dentist Dr. Suchi Chalasani.

There are some situations where a root canal is warranted, but no symptoms occur. We sometimes spot these during routine examinations. Your x-rays may show the beginnings of infection or a damaged or dead root.

If this is the case, we will take the time to explain the situation and discuss your treatment options (including what would happen if the situation was left untreated). Ultimately, the decision to treat will always be in your hands.

If you are experiencing any symptoms that may indicate that you need a root canal or if it’s time for a routine examination, please call Family Dentistry of Royal Oak today.

Is a root infection a dental emergency?

In the early stages of a root and pulp infection, you may notice only mild tooth sensitivity. Your dentist in Royal Oak, MI recommends scheduling an appointment at this stage for a tooth evaluation.

It is better to catch a root infection in the earliest stages to preserve your tooth and prevent the spread of infection.

While tooth sensitivity does not necessarily mean you have a root infection, we want you to seek treatment just in case. Tooth sensitivity can graduate to a severe toothache with little notice, which qualifies as a dental emergency.

If you’re already experiencing severe pain, we want you to contact our dental office immediately. At Family Dentistry of Royal Oak, we take your pain seriously and will get you seen by our dentist as soon as possible.

Will my root canal hurt?

We will make every possible effort to ensure that your root canal procedure is comfortable and you feel no pain. We will use whatever numbing agent that your case requires so that your root canal is painless. We offer the latest dental technologies to make this procedure more efficient than ever before.

The pain commonly associated with root canals is wrongly attributed to the procedure itself. The infection that necessitates a root canal is the painful part. Our patients feel much better after the infection is taken care of through root canal therapy.

In many cases, a root canal may be the only way to save your natural tooth and prevent the spread of infection. The procedure works to restore health to the tooth and make it functional again.

The root canal in Royal Oak, MI is a routine dental service that we provide with expertise and a gentle touch.

You may experience some discomfort following the procedure, once the anesthesia wears off. We'll assist in making you more comfortable during this time, but the pain and inflammation will quickly recede once your immune system realizes that the problem is no longer there.

Dr. Chalasani will then provide you with the care and instruction you need for quick healing after the procedure.

How can I avoid future root canals?

The best way to avoid a root canal in Royal Oak, MI is through proper dental care and excellent oral hygiene.

The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist at least twice per year for routine exams and teeth cleanings, and your dentist in Royal Oak agrees.

During your exam, your dentist assesses your teeth and gums, looks for signs of early infection and may take x-rays to rule out underlying decay or other oral health issues. Your exam also includes an oral cancer screening.

Your professional teeth cleaning clears away tartar and bacteria that even the most diligent brushers and flossers miss—the very ingredients that lead to decay, root infections, and periodontal disease.

If you notice tooth sensitivity between dental visits, or if you suffer a tooth trauma, we encourage you to contact our dental office immediately to schedule an exam.

An excellent at-home oral care routine means brushing and flossing at least twice each day. A member of our team can provide optimal brushing and flossing tips—as well as nutritional choices—to help you keep your smile healthy.

Between your at-home efforts and the diligence of your Royal Oak dentist, you can significantly lower your risk for root infections and root canal therapy.

Your Gentle Root Canal in Royal Oak, MI

If you’re exhibiting signs of a root infection, or if you haven’t visited the dentist during the last six months, contact our dental office today to schedule your dental exam and teeth cleaning.