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Why Is It Called a Root Canal?
When a tooth becomes very painful, it can be because the soft, pulpy interior has become infected or inflamed. The interior mass of a tooth contains the nerves and blood vessels that supply nutrients to the tooth. Unfortunately, injury, infection, or decay can expose the inside of the tooth, causing excruciating pain. An endodontic treatment known as root canal surgery can alleviate the pain and restore function to the tooth and the surrounding area. If you think you may need this endodontic procedure, then call our Detroit office today to schedule your initial consultation.
Is a Root Canal the Procedure I Need?
Unlike other parts of the body, your teeth cannot self-heal, so if there’s damage to a tooth, it will need to be repaired or the tooth will need to be replaced. Root canals can save the teeth so that you don’t need an implant or bridge, so if you’re experiencing the following, you may need a dental root canal:
- One or more deep cavities, especially around discolored teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Moderate to excruciating pain, especially around a cavity or discolored tooth
- Nighttime pain that disrupts your sleep
- Sensitivity to heat or cold
- Painful chewing
- Inflammation or swelling in the area of a particular tooth
If you’re experiencing any or all of the above, then call our Detroit office without delay. We can schedule a consultation with a root canal dentist who can alleviate your pain and restore functionality to your tooth and jaw.
Who Does Root Canals?
Most general dentists can perform routine root canals in their offices. If you have a complicated procedure, then you may need to be referred to an endodontist, which is a dentist who specializes in endodontic procedures. However, most routine dental root canals can be performed in one office visit that will take up to two hours. If you need more information or to schedule an appointment, then call our Detroit office.
What Happens During a Root Canal Procedure?
For routine procedures, you’ll generally experience the following:
- Your dentist will apply a local anesthetic to the area of your tooth so that your pain will be alleviated.
- Next, we’ll place a small shield around the tooth to protect it and maintain a hygienic area around the tooth.
- Your dentist will make a small hole in the top of the tooth so that we can access the inner area.
- The damaged pulp will be removed, the area will be cleaned, and then we’ll shape the canals.
- We’ll rinse and disinfect the canals.
- We’ll fill the canals with gutta-percha and then the canals will be sealed.
- Your dentist will install a root canal crown to ensure that your tooth doesn’t crack.
You may experience minor discomfort for a few hours, but your pain should be alleviated and your tooth and jaw will be restored to functionality within a day or two. If you need to schedule a dental root canal treatment, then call our Detroit office and we’ll be glad to help you.
Are Root Canals Costly?
Your root canal cost will be unique to you and will depend on the type, number, and location of the teeth involved, the extent of work to be done, whether a specialist was needed, and your insurance coverage. We’ll supply you with a comprehensive estimate prior to any work, so you’ll know the cost beforehand. If you need endodontic surgery but can’t afford it, let us know. We don’t want you to forego needed procedures because of cost constraints, so we’ll work with you to determine what financing or payment options are available.
Do You Have a Choice of Root Canals?
Usually, most of our patients receive standard root canals, whether for molars, front teeth or any other teeth. If we are redoing a previous procedure, then you might need an apicoectomy, which removes only the tip of a root. Sometimes, a pediatric pulpotomy is performed which will remove damaged pulp but leave the nerves intact. Your dentist will advise you of the type of procedure that you need during your consultation, so call us to schedule an appointment.
What About Tooth Pain After a Root Canal?
Root canals have a reputation for being excruciatingly painful. In fact, we do our best to ensure that you’re comfortable throughout the procedure and a root canal procedure will alleviate most of the pain you have been feeling with a damaged tooth. You can also rest assured that we will numb the area before we start any work, and we’ll ensure that you’re as comfortable as possible during the procedure. If you’ve delayed needed dental work because of the fear of pain, then don’t delay any longer. Our dental professionals are experienced providing root canal surgery, so if you need a root canal in Detroit, then call Gentle Dental at Grand River Avenue at (313) 651-7260 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to working with you and adding you to our extended dental family.