Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment at Gentle Dentist in St. Clair Shores, MI

At Gentle Dentist in St. Clair Shores, MI, we provide expert root canal treatments to save damaged or infected teeth. Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, involves removing the infected or damaged pulp from inside the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting the root canals, and sealing them to prevent further infection.

Benefits of Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Pain Relief: Eliminates the infection or damage that causes tooth pain, providing significant relief.
  • Preservation of Natural Teeth: Saves your natural tooth, preventing the need for extraction and preserving your smile.
  • Restoration of Function: Allows you to chew and bite comfortably without pain or sensitivity.
  • Protection from Infection: Prevents the spread of infection to surrounding teeth and gums.
  • Aesthetic Benefits: Maintains the appearance of your natural teeth, preventing gaps in your smile.

When is Root Canal Treatment Needed?

Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected or damaged due to:

  • Deep decay or cavities
  • Repeated dental procedures on the same tooth
  • Cracks or chips in the tooth
  • Trauma or injury to the tooth

How Root Canal Treatment Works

Root canal treatment involves the following steps:

  1. Diagnosis and Planning: The dentist will examine your tooth and take X-rays to determine the extent of the damage or infection.
  2. Anesthesia: Local anesthesia is administered to numb the affected tooth and surrounding area, ensuring a pain-free procedure.
  3. Access Opening: The dentist creates a small opening in the crown of the tooth to access the pulp chamber and root canals.
  4. Pulp Removal: The infected or damaged pulp is carefully removed from the pulp chamber and root canals.
  5. Cleaning and Shaping: The inside of the tooth is cleaned, disinfected, and shaped to prepare it for filling.
  6. Filling and Sealing: The root canals are filled with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha, and the opening is sealed with a temporary or permanent filling.
  7. Restoration: A crown or other restoration may be placed on the tooth to protect and restore its function and appearance.

Contact Gentle Dentist Today

Do you need relief from tooth pain and infection? Contact Gentle Dentist in St. Clair Shores, MI, today to schedule your root canal treatment. Our experienced team is dedicated to providing comfortable and effective care. Call us at 586-771-1990.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does root canal therapy hurt?

Though root canal therapy has a scary reputation, it’s usually not painful. Most patients compare it to receiving a tooth filling. Our office uses advanced technology, local anesthesia to make sure you don’t feel any unpleasantness during your procedure.

How long does root canal therapy take?

Root canal therapy takes an average of 90 minutes to complete, but your individual experience may vary depending on the extent of infection, location of the tooth, and other factors. Sometimes, two appointments are necessary to ensure the infection is completely cleared out.

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