Root Canals

Why do I need a root canal?
If you have a tooth that has been seriously injured or has extensive decay, you may be a candidate for root canal. This procedure helps you keep your teeth instead of having them extracted and in need of implants. When the pulp or nerve tissue inside a tooth is diseased or injured and is unable to repair itself, the nerve dies. This can be a painful process or go relatively unnoticed. The most common cause of pulp death is a fractured tooth or deep cavity, which can expose the pulp to the bacteria found in saliva. The bacteria cause infection inside the tooth. This infection, left untreated, causes pus to build up at the root tip, forming an abcess. Eventually, the pulp will die, and the supporting bone surrounding the tooth will be destroyed. Without treatment, your tooth will eventually have to be removed.

What is the root canal process?
Here’s how your dentist Flint MI saves your tooth through endodontic treatment:

First, anesthesia is done to make sure that you are completely numb during the procedure. Then the tooth is isolated from the saliva with a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber placed around the tooth). An opening is then made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber, where the the pulp is carefully removed. Then the chamber and root canals are carefully cleaned, sterilized, enlarged and shaped to a form that can be properly filled. Then a temporary will be placed until a permanent restoration can be done for the tooth while waiting for healing. Occasionally a second visit is needed to complete the procedure; this is determined on a case by case basis. A crown is the best restoration for the tooth after a root canal, because the tooth needs to be protected from breakage. Your restored tooth could last a lifetime if you continue to care for your teeth and gums.