What Should You Expect From A Root Canal?

Few procedures seem to send a shiver down a patient’s spine like a root canal. Unfortunately, years of jokes and misinformation have given people a very poor idea of what the procedure actually involves. Many are surprised to find that root canal therapy is a safe and comfortable procedure, one comparable to receiving a simple dental filling. What should you expect from a root canal?

Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canal Treatment

Question: What cause an infection?

Answer: An infection forms when bacteria comes into contact with the inner pulp. Your pulp keeps the tooth healthy and oversees the flow of nutrients to and from the tooth. Untreated decay or a serious injury to the tooth can allow bacteria to reach your tooth’s nerve center.

Question: How do I know if I need treatment?

Answer: Symptoms of an infected tooth include persistent aches, swelling and pressure around the tooth, fever, and a bad tasting discharge. If one or more of these possible symptoms sounds familiar, then please schedule an appointment with your dentist. We can perform a diagnosis to see if you need treatment.

Question: What does performing one involve?

Answer: We will first need to open the tooth and remove the infected tissue. We can then clean the interior of the tooth and the root canals. Next, we place a restorative material known as gutta percha, before capping the tooth with a custom-made and lifelike dental crown.

Question: How do I avoid infections in the future?

Answer: Start by taking better care of your smile, which means brushing twice a day, flossing every night, and making time every six months for a routine checkup and cleaning. You should also see the dentist as soon as you notice pain or sensitivity in your tooth that doesn’t subside after 48 hours. If you have any further questions about root canal therapy, then please contact our office today.

Do You Have Questions About Root Canal Therapy?

We can use endodontic treatment to help you enjoy a healthier and infection-free smile. To learn more, schedule an appointment or initial consultation by calling Advanced Dental Concepts in Auburn Hills, MI today at (248) 852-1820.