Preserve a Damaged Tooth with Gentle Root Canal Therapy
Dental infection can cause discomfort and threaten your oral and general health. Drs. Bruce Luria, Mark Luria, and Rena Allswang have extensive experience detecting and treating infected teeth at our Dearborn, MI, practice. Root canal therapy, often referred to simply as a root canal, has a reputation for being unpleasant but we use gentle methods and sedation is available. You can rest assured we will use the most conservative and proven techniques to restore your comfort.
When Is a Root Canal Necessary?
If treatment for dental decay is delayed, the infection will eventually spread from the enamel and penetrate into the pulp chamber. This inner area of the tooth contains blood vessels, nerves, and other soft tissues. When the pulp becomes infected or is damaged through other means, such as trauma to the tooth, it can lead to considerable discomfort.
Treating the tooth is nearly always preferable to extracting it since even a single missing tooth can lead to a misaligned bite or weakened jaw.
Signs that you may have a dental infection and require root canal therapy include:
- The tooth is sensitive to hot or cold
- Discomfort or pain near the affected tooth
- Gum tenderness or inflammation
- Darkened tooth enamel
- Difficulty chewing comfortably
- Small bumps or discoloration along the gums
Root canal treatment is the standard therapy for infection in the pulp chamber. The main purpose of the procedure is to salvage as much of the healthy tooth structure as possible. Treating the tooth is nearly always preferable to extracting it since even a single missing tooth can lead to a misaligned bite or weakened jaw.
The Treatment Process
Root canal treatment is typically completed over the span of two appointments. To begin, one of our doctors will make you comfortable by numbing the tooth and the adjacent gum tissue. Anxious patients or those with dental phobia may also choose to receive nitrous oxide to further calm their nerves.
Next, a small hole is drilled in the biting surface of the tooth, providing access to the pulp chamber. Your dentist will remove the infected tissue and sterilize the chamber and root canals. The area is then filled with a rubber-like substance to provide strength. Lastly, the opening is sealed with a temporary filling. The remaining portion of the tooth is reshaped in preparation for dental crown placement, which will be completed during a follow-up visit.
Protecting the Tooth
Although root canal therapy offers several advantages over an extraction, your treated tooth will be somewhat weakened. A dental crown will completely encircle the tooth, providing protection and even improving aesthetics for some patients. Dearborn Family Dentistry offers durable restorations crafted from dental-grade porcelain which are designed to withstand significant pressure. With proper care, you can enjoy your restoration for many years.
Do Not Delay Treatment
Today’s root canal procedures are typically no more uncomfortable than a standard filling, especially when performed by an experienced dental team. If you think you may be suffering from a dental infection, do not delay treatment any longer. Book your appointment using our online form or call us at (313) 565-5507.
Our dentists are passionate about helping patients. Drs. Mark Luria, Bruce Luria, and Rena Allswang all began careers in dentistry to improve not only their patients' smiles, but also the quality of their lives.- Dearborn Family Dentistry