Root Canals in Royal Oak, MI
Root canals have a bad reputation.
We think the root canal's reputation 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 actually 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 root canals that are efficient, effective, and comfortable.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
While the procedure is often referred to as “getting a root canal,” the root canal itself 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 the tooth, clean out the infection, and fill the tooth. We may place a crown on your tooth following a root canal to help support and protect the tooth as well as quickly 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 a thing. Many people who require root canal therapy come to our office in pain, and a root canal will relieve that pain.
You may feel some discomfort following the procedure (after the anesthetic has worn off). This 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.
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 usually 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 that lasts even after the trigger (hot, cold, or sweet food) has been removed
- Tooth discoloration
- An abscess (a pimple-like lesion) in the gums near the tooth
- Swelling or pain in the gums near the tooth
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.