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What Are Root Canals?
Even though the exterior of a tooth is hard enamel, the interior is a soft, pulpy substance that is full of the blood vessels and nerves that supply nutrients to each tooth. When the soft interior becomes exposed due to decay, disease, or damage, then it can cause a significant amount of pain. The solution to this is a dental root canal, which removes the damaged area and restores the pain-free function to the tooth. If you think you may need this type of procedure, call our Westland office for an appointment and let us help you restore your dental health.
Why Would I Need a Root Canal?
Pain is the most common reason our patients seek out a root canal dentist in our office. When the soft interior of your tooth is damaged or infected, it can be excruciatingly painful. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms of a damaged or diseased tooth, then you may need to schedule a root canal procedure.
- Nighttime tooth pain that wakes you up
- One or more deep cavities
- One or more discolored teeth
- Moderate to excruciating pain, especially around a cavity or a discolored tooth
- Painful chewing or pain when you bite down
- Inflammation or swelling in the area of a particular tooth
- Sensitivity to heat or cold
Any of these symptoms can indicate the need for a root canal treatment, so call us to schedule an appointment.
Which Type of Dentist Does Root Canals?
Most general dentists can perform standard root canals although complex cases can be referred to a root canal dentist, who’s called an endodontist. If you need a standard root canal procedure, then call us for an appointment with a dentist in our Westland office.
What Happens During Root Canals?
Each procedure is unique to the individual, but in general, the following is the procedure we adhere to for a root canal in Westland office.
- The dentist will anesthetize the area around your tooth so that you won’t be in pain.
- Next, we’ll place a small, temporary shield around the tooth to keep it clean and protected.
- Your dentist will drill a small hole in the crown so that we can access the damaged pulp.
- We’ll remove damaged material, then we’ll clean the area and shape the canals.
- We’ll rinse and then disinfect the canals to remove all the infection.
- We’ll fill the canals with gutta-percha, and then we’ll seal them.
- Your dentist will install a root canal crown to protect your tooth from cracking and prevent bacteria from entering the tooth.
You may experience minor discomfort for a day or two following your procedure, but you shouldn’t be in extreme pain. You may even find that most of your tooth pain is gone. When the discomfort disappears, you should regain the full, pain-free use of your tooth and jaw.
Are Root Canals Very Expensive?
Your root canal cost will be unique to you, and we will provide you with an estimate during your initial consultation in our Westland office. Factors that will influence your final cost include the type and location of the procedure, the type and number of teeth involved, whether you need an endodontist, and your insurance coverage. If you need endodontic work but can’t afford it, be sure to let us know and we’ll work with you. Your good oral health is vital to your good physical health and we don’t want you to forego needed dental procedures because of budgetary limitations. Call our Westland office if you have additional questions or need to schedule an appointment.
Which Type of Procedure Do I Need?
Most of our patients need only standard root canals unless they’re having a previous procedure redone. If that’s the case, then they may require an apicoectomy, which removes only the tip of a root, or a pediatric pulpotomy, which removes the damaged pulp but none of the nerves. Your dentist will advise you on the type of root canal treatment that you need during your initial consultation in our Westland office. We look forward to hearing from you.
Are Root Canals Painful?
Unfortunately, many people forego needed root canals because they fear the perceived pain level that’s involved. In fact, we do our utmost to ensure that you’re comfortable throughout the procedure and we think you’ll find the procedure will relieve the ongoing pain and discomfort you have been experiencing.
Our dentists have a reputation for providing customer-centric dental services and are experienced in many different areas of dentistry. We make a commitment to providing high-quality dental work. Every time you come to our office, you can be assured that we will do our best to ensure you receive the best dentistry that we can provide. If you need a dental root canal treatment in Westland, call Gentle Dental of Westland at (734) 329-5284 and let us help you. We’re skilled in root canal procedures, and we’d like to add you to our growing dental family. Call us for an appointment. We look forward to speaking with you.