Root Canal Therapy for Livonia
When you feel that first twinge of pain, maybe biting into something cold, you might just dismiss it as sensitivity and go on about your day. However, tooth pain can start out occasional, and then progress to constant pressure and throbbing in a matter of days. Many patients try to avoid a dental visit and control tooth pain by common analgesics, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Don’t let fear of a restorative dentistry procedure such as a root canal stop you from seeking treatment. The vast majority of the time, tooth pain doesn’t get better on its own. In fact, it gets worse.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
Although teeth are made up of the hardest material in the human body, enamel, doesn’t mean they are invulnerable. Each tooth contains pulp, soft tissue and nerves that sustain the tooth bringing in blood and carrying away toxins. When a tooth is severely damaged or infected, it can reach the inner pulp resulting in pain and pressure. When this occurs, it’s necessary to remove the pulp to stop further infection and relieve the pain. This procedure is called a root canal.
We know that root canals have quite the reputation. But don’t let it frighten you. Our Livonia dental office has lots of experience treating infection with root canals. Because infection actually causes the discomfort associated with a root canal, most patients feel better after therapy. In fact, with today's advanced technology and pain management, root canals are quick, comfortable, and help restore your oral health.
What to Expect with Root Canal Therapy
During a root canal, the doctors at Livonia Dental Group remove the pulp, clean the inside of your tooth, and fill the tooth's canal with bio-compatible material. Depending on the amount of tooth structure that must be removed during your root canal, we may recommend a crown. A dental crown fits snugly over the tooth providing support and protecting your tooth from further infection. Our Livonia dentistry office offers CEREC one-visit crowns for their beautiful appearance, durable material, and convenience for our patients. After root canal therapy, you may experience mild soreness. You should be able to control this with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Don’t endure tooth pain and put yourself at risk for tooth loss if left untreated. A root canal will preserve your tooth and prevent it from more dental problems. Contact Livonia Dental Group to schedule an appointment. Restorative dentistry for the Detroit Metropolitan area near Redford, Farmington, and Northville, is as close as Livonia.