The dental pulp is the innermost layer of your tooth that’s made of living tissue. Yet, sometimes this pulp needs to be removed by one of our dentists if it’s infected.
Continue reading to learn the signs you need aand what to expect. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to call our dental office in Novi, MI.
Signs You Need a Root Canal
Don’t ignore tooth pain! This could be your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. The sooner you call our office, the sooner you can get the treatment you need. Root canal therapy is often the last resort option to save an infected tooth from extraction.
Call one of our dentists if you experience:
- Severe toothache
- Tooth darkening
- Pimple on gums
- Swollen, tender gums
What to Expect
One of our dentists will take X-rays to see the shape of your root canals and determine whether the infection has spread to your jawbone. If a tooth abscess is left untreated, it can rupture and spread the infection to your jaw, head, and neck. This is why it’s important to see one of our dentists as soon as possible if you suspect something is wrong.
First, our dentists will numb your tooth so you don’t feel any pain or discomfort during the root canal. They’ll also place a rubber dam around your tooth to isolate it from the rest of your mouth and keep it dry. Once that’s done, they’ll drill a hole through the top of your tooth so they can remove the infected dental pulp.
Throughout the, one of our dentists will flush the inside of your tooth with water or sodium hypochlorite. Once the inside of your tooth is clean, they will seal the root canals with a material called gutta-percha. This stops bacteria from reinfecting your root canals. Next, they’ll restore the look and function of your tooth with a crown. Our dentists use CAD/CAM technology to make your dental crown in one appointment.