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By Brighton Family Dentistry, PLLC
May 07, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Although it's a good plan to try to avoid ever needing one, having a root canal in time can save your tooth, and eliminate discomfort. If you would like to learn more about the procedure, get in contact with your Brighton, MI, dentists Dr. Brian Petersburg and Dr. Brian Giammalva of Brighton Family Dentistry.

Understanding the Anatomy of Your Tooth

A tooth is made up of layers, and the outermost one that encases it is called enamel. It's a very strong substance, the strongest in your entire body. But the majority of the tooth's structure is made up of the next layer called dentin. Both of these help to protect the soft inner center to which we refer to as the pulp of the tooth.

The pulp contains connective tissue which is linked to the rest of your body through narrow canals located on the roots of your tooth.

What Requires a Root Canal

The primary reason why a root canal may be required is when this soft center is threatened. This may be due to injury or decay. One of the most common telltale signs that something is wrong is the presence of pain, and it's what drives many of us to the dentist's office.

Trauma can chip or crack teeth deep enough that the inner pulp loses its protection. But the acids produced by bacteria can produce a similar effect, as they can wear away the protective enamel on our teeth.

Root Canals in Brighton, MI

A root canal is performed by first removing the infected structures on the tooth, and then creating access into the pulp so that it too can be removed, all the way through the root's canals, hence the name. This prevents decay from spreading and endangering the rest of your mouth and also relieves your pain. Because of how much of the tooth is lost, a crown is typically required to protect the tooth going forward.

If you are concerned you may need one don't put it off any longer, make an appointment today with Dr. Petersburg and Dr. Giammalva of Brighton Family Dentistry in Brighton, MI, by dialing (810) 227-4224.

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.

By Brighton Family Dentistry, PLLC
November 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Find out how root canal therapy could just end up saving your tooth.

We know that hearing you need root canal treatment is never the highlight of a dental visit; however, the good news is that our Brighton, MI, family dentists, Dr. Brian Petersburg, Dr. Brian Giammalva, and Dr. Wendy Jativa, were able to detect the problem early on to preserve the tooth with a root canal rather than having to extract the tooth altogether. While root canal treatment doesn’t always have the best reputation, we are here to change how you view this procedure!

What are the benefits of a root canal?

When you think of root canal treatment, you may not always associate it with positive images; however, there truly are some very important oral health benefits that you’ll receive if you require root canal therapy. Remember, this isn’t an elective procedure—it is performed to remove bacteria or an infection within the tooth to prevent it from spreading.

The first and most obvious benefit is that this treatment preserves your tooth. This is a far better option than just having the tooth extracted. You may think it’s easier to have the infected tooth pulled, but then you’ll have to replace it, which requires time, money, and more invasive dental procedures. Getting a simple root canal now could prevent you from needing to treat your tooth loss later on.

After a root canal, our Brighton, MI, general dentist will place a dental crown over the treated tooth. An infection or decay can damage and weaken a tooth, which can cause further damage if left untreated. In order to rebuild and strengthen the tooth once more, we will cement a dental crown over it. This will restore functionality and chewing so you don’t have to worry about your tooth every time you bite down or eat something.

Another benefit is that root canal treatment is actually quite simple. In fact, it’s really no more invasive than getting a dental filling. Sure, people give this procedure a bad rap, but we fully numb the area prior to beginning your procedure, so you shouldn’t feel any discomfort. In fact, many people coming in for a root canal are dealing with pretty intense pain; by numbing the area and removing the source of the pain, you can finally say goodbye to that discomfort for good!

Interested? Give Us a Call!

Are you dealing with a toothache in Brighton, MI? If so, it’s important that you get the issue addressed right away by a qualified dental professional. Here at Brighton Family Dentistry, we want to provide you with the immediate and comprehensive dental care you need any time you need it. Dealing with a dental emergency? Give us a call at (810) 227-4224.

By Brighton Family Dentistry
January 26, 2018
Category: Dental
Tags: Root Canal  

The thought of undergoing a root canal can be stressful for some people. However, the procedure is nothing to fear and it can spare your root canaltooth from being extracted. If you wait too long to have a root canal done, it might be too late to save your damaged or infected tooth. There are several signs you may need a root canal. You should see a dentist as soon as possible if you develop any of the signs. At Brighton Family Dentistry, Dr. Brian Petersburg, Dr. Brian Giammalva, and Dr. Wendy Jativa are your dentist for root canals in Brighton, MI.

The Root Canal Procedure

The root canal procedure is nothing to fear. In fact, it is comparable to having a cavity filled. As with a cavity, the dentist drills into the tooth to remove infection and decay from the center of the tooth and its root. After clearing out any infection and decay, the dentist cleans the interior of the tooth and root before sealing it and protecting the tooth with a dental crown. This prevents further infection from developing and also strengthens the tooth. The newly strengthened tooth will be able to bite and chew again without pain and sensitivity.

Root Canal Signs

There are several signs you may need a root canal. If you develop symptoms associated with needing a root canal and the symptoms persist for several days, see a dentist right away. Signs and symptoms you may need a root canal include:

  • Severe and persistent mouth pain
  • Developing a severe toothache
  • Sharp pain when biting or chewing food
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold items
  • The feeling of constant pressure in the mouth

Benefits of Root Canals

Root canals offer multiple benefits. They spare your natural tooth so that you can avoid having it pulled out. Root canals also strengthen weak or damaged teeth, which helps restore normal biting and chewing functions. Root canals also remove infection and decay and help prevent infection from spreading to other areas of the mouth. Further, following your root canal procedure, any pain, sensitivity, or discomfort you were experiencing will be eliminated. Finally, the root canal procedure is almost as simple as having a cavity filled.

Signs you may need a root canal include a severe toothache, severe mouth pain, or the feeling of constant pressure in the mouth. Seeing a dentist for a root canal as soon as possible can spare your tooth and eliminate the need for extraction. For root canals in Brighton, schedule an appointment with Dr. Petersburg, Dr. Giammalva, or Dr. Jativa by calling Brighton Family Dentistry at (810) 227-4224.