Root Canal Treatment in Flint, MI
Lindemann Root Canal Specialists perform root canals in Flint, MI. Call 810-732-7900 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
A root canal is designed to save a badly damaged or decayed tooth. Although root canals have a reputation as a fearsome procedure, modern techniques have made this common endodontic treatment nearly pain-free. Here is what you need to know.
What Is a Root Canal?
Teeth can have numerous root canal systems, which are filled with pulp tissue—a combination of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. All canal systems of a tooth are treated during a single procedure.
First, we will ensure that your tooth is completely numb. Then, we will create a small opening through the crown of the tooth and down into the root canals, which exposes the pulp tissue. All of the damaged or infected tissue is removed and the canals are thoroughly cleaned. We will then gently reshape the canal with a series of instruments and seal the canal with a biocompatible material. A temporary access filling is placed for you to use until you return to your referring dentist for a crown.
How Do I Know if I Need a Root Canal?
Sometimes, there are no obvious symptoms that a tooth needs a root canal. This is rare, though. Most of the time, you will experience some or all of the following:
- Tooth discoloration
- Pain, especially when chewing
- Swelling in the gums
- Temperature sensitivity in the tooth
If the tooth is not treated, an abscess is likely to occur. This can cause bleeding, severe swelling, intense pain, and further dental damage. Over time, it can even cause infection to develop throughout your body.
What Else Can Be Done?
Root canal treatment causes no more discomfort than any other dental procedure. In fact, because you may be in intense pain from the infection, it would not be unusual to feel much better as soon as the treatment is over. It is normal to have some minor discomfort after the numbing medication wears off, which responds well to over the counter pain relievers.
The tooth may be a bit sensitive for a few days, and you should try not to chew directly on it until you receive your crown. Most people feel completely normal within three days. If you do experience any significant pain, call us immediately for assistance.
If you need a root canal, call Lindemann Root Canal Specialists today at 810-732-7900 to schedule your appointment.
What Should I Expect?
Unfortunately, if you need a root canal, no other treatment will suffice except for having the tooth extracted. A missing tooth can be replaced with a dental implant, a partial denture, or a dental bridge, but ultimately none of these solutions is as good as your own natural tooth. If it is possible to save the tooth with a root canal, this is the best solution.