By Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center
February 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal   toothache  

Woman With Tooth PainNo tooth is an unnecessary tooth. So, if you have one endangered by trauma, dental abscess, or several cavities and fillings, your dentist at Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center in Holland, MI, will endeavor to save it with root canal therapy. By removing diseased interior pulp, this restorative treatment relieves pain and spares the tooth for many years to come. At Lakeshore Dentistry, Drs. Ryan Lebster, Jose Vivas, and Arnold Baker carefully evaluate their patients for this service if the need arises.

Comfortable and reliable

That's the essence of root canal therapy. A two-visit procedure performed entirely by your Holland dentist, a root canal (as most people call it) aims to remove the interior pulp from the slender chamber running down tooth roots, and as a minimally invasive procedure, it only requires the use of local anesthetic!

During treatment, Dr. Lebster, Dr. Vivas, or Dr. Baker will use special tools debride the canals. Afterward, they will also disinfect and seal them with elastic and biocompatible gutta-percha. Finally, a temporary dental filling or crown will cover the tooth while the permanent crown is fashioned at the dental lab. Healing takes about a week.

When you return to Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center, the dentist will remove the temporary restoration and bond the permanent crown over your restored tooth. While your tooth may be sensitive for a bit, this will quickly diminish, and the pain, drainage, and other difficult symptoms that you previously been experiencing will be gone!

Signs you may need a root canal

Your tooth may be in danger and need a root canal procedure if:

  • It is highly sensitive to heat, cold, sugar, or pressure
  • You have a severe toothache
  • The enamel is discolored
  • You have a pimple on your gums
  • Your jaw is swollen
  • You have bad breath which does not go away
  • You have an obvious fracture and are missing a substantial amount of tooth structure

So many benefits...

In summary, the American Association of Endodontists says root canal therapy has many wonderful benefits such as:

  • Resolution of pain
  • Improvement of oral function (biting, chewing, speaking) and smile appearance
  • Avoidance of tooth extraction
  • Less cost than tooth replacements such as bridgework and dental implants
  • Long-life for the treated tooth

Don't delay
If you question the health of a particular tooth, please contact Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center and ask for an appointment with one of our highly skilled dentists. Our office is reachable at (616) 399-3946.

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