When Is a Root Canal Needed?
By Brighton Family Dentistry, PLLC
April 14, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Root Canal  

No one wants to hear the words, "root canal." However, in the hands of Drs. Brian Petersburg and Brian Giammalva at Brighton Family Dentistry, root canal treatment is painless and tooth-sparing. This reliable restorative service in our Brighton, MI, dental office allows you to keep your tooth.

What happens during a root canal?

Also called endodontic therapy, a root canal treatment removes the inflamed pulp from the interior chamber of a decayed, abscessed or cracked tooth. Dr. Petersburg or Dr. Giammalva use visual inspection and digital X-ray imaging to determine the condition of the tooth.

When infection or damage has spread into the bone, the tooth may require extraction. However, with enough healthy tooth structure, a root canal procedure can save it.

To accomplish root canal treatment comfortably, your dentist will numb the tooth and remove the interior pulp. Your tooth may have up to four narrow passageways called root canals. They contain the nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue that support and nourish the tooth. Fortunately, however, your tooth can survive without these tissues, particularly as the canal walls are disinfected and reinforced with a biocompatible filler called gutta-percha.

A root canal takes about an hour at Brighton Family Dentistry. After the first visit, you'll wear a temporary cap to protect the tooth as it heals. Then, you'll come back to the office for the placement of a permanent porcelain crown.

Expect your restored tooth to last for many years. It will look natural and act and feel just like any other healthy tooth.

Reasons to get a root canal

There are many reasons:

  1. Deep decay
  2. Dental abscess
  3. Sharp dental pain or prolonged dental sensitivity to pressure, sugar, cold or heat
  4. Gum fistulas or pimples which indicate infection
  5. A large chip or crack

Finally, whenever possible, your dentist prefers to save a tooth rather than extracting it. The American Association of Endodontists (AAE) says that your natural teeth preserve your jaw bone, keep your other teeth well aligned and avoid replacement procedures. In other words, root canal therapy is very worthwhile.

Root canal therapy and you

At Brighton Family Dentistry, Dr. Petersburg and Dr. Giammalva offer a wide menu of preventive, restorative and cosmetic dental treatments. They perform many root canal procedures with great success, and they can help your ailing tooth. Phone our office in Brighton, MI, Monday through Saturday for an appointment: (810) 227-4224.