Conservative Root Canal Treatment
Root canal therapy is a conservative procedure designed to save an infected tooth. When a tooth is infected, there are two options: extraction, or root canal therapy. If Dr. Greenfield feels there’s enough healthy tooth structure worth saving, he will recommend a root canal. With modern precision tools, and local anesthetic, root canal treatment is comfortable and fast. A simple root canal can often be completed in one visit.
How Infection Happens
When a tooth sustains severe trauma or develops deep decay, the soft inner core that houses the tooth’s pulp – which consists of living tissue, blood vessels, and nerves – is compromised. Bacteria invade, and infection sets in. As infection builds inside the tooth, pressure causes an acute toothache. The tooth’s pulp is directly connected to the bloodstream and, therefore, so is the infection. Left untreated, an internally infected tooth will die, and the infection can spread.
What to Expect
During root canal therapy, as with any visit, your comfort and peace of mind will be top priority. Dr. Greenfield will administer local anesthetic to keep you comfortable during treatment, and once you’re comfortable and relaxed, he will use the most up-to-date techniques to remove the diseased tissue, disinfect, fill, and seal the tooth. Most often, after a root canal, a dental crown is placed on the affected tooth. Because root canal treatment can leave the mouth feeling a bit sore, over-the-counter pain medication is recommended to relieve any soreness or swelling.
Learn if Root Canal Treatment Is Necessary
If you have an internally infected tooth, then root canal treatment can alleviate the pain and save your tooth! To find out if root canal treatment is necessary, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry today at 248-693-6213. Located in Lake Orion, MI, we also proudly serve the residents of Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, Clarkston, Oxford, all surrounding communities.
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