Experiencing a toothache almost always means that you require immediate dental attention. In many cases, a root canal can clear your tooth of the infection or damage causing your pain and restore the tooth’s natural structure to ensure its functionality and provide a natural look. Do you need a root canal? Find out more about this important dental procedure with your dentist, Dr. Steven Rollins at Summit Dental Group in Waterford, MI.
What is a root canal?
A root canal removes the infected, decayed, or damaged soft tissues from within a tooth, cleans the inside of the tooth, then refills it with a composite resin which closely mimics the tooth’s natural enamel both functionally and aesthetically. In many cases, your dentist will follow up a root canal with a dental crown, which fits over the tooth’s large filling to protect the tooth from future damage and stabilize it against everyday use.
Reasons You May Need a Root Canal
Severe Tooth Decay
Serious tooth decay infects the tooth’s inner soft tissues and nerves. This causes a toothache and, potentially, an abscess. Untreated tooth decay can lead to tooth loss.
Damage to the Tooth
A damaged tooth can damage the nerve within the inner pulp chamber. This causes pain and discomfort and can also lead to tooth loss.
Cracked or Chipped Tooth
A crack or chip in a tooth can allow bacteria which causes tooth decay to easily infect the tooth’s inner soft tissues.
Root Canal Therapy in Waterford, MI
If you think you need a root canal, you should contact your dentist for an examination. There, they will use imaging techniques like x-rays to see exactly where in your tooth the decay lies. This allows them to leave as much of the healthy tooth as possible and only remove the decayed portions of the tooth.
For more information on root canal therapy or what it can do for you, please contact Dr. Steven Rollins at Summit Dental Group in Waterford, MI. Call (248) 681-3600 to schedule your appointment for a consultation with Dr. Rollins today!