Protect your natural teeth
Root Canal Therapy
Root canals are an incredibly effective and important dental treatment that can save a tooth from extraction and eliminate severe tooth pain. We use this restorative dentistry treatment at Zoma Dental to protect your natural teeth and give you a healthy, fully functional smile. While a root canal is never desirable, undergoing this procedure can save you from even greater discomfort and extensive dental work.
Understanding Root Canals
Every tooth contains an intricate root system under the gum line called the root canal. This is where the nerves, soft tissue, and blood vessels are stored – also known as the tooth pulp. When the pulp becomes infected, it causes extreme pain.
The endodontic procedure known as root canal therapy removes the infected nerve and pulp from the afflicted tooth, and your West Bloomfield dentist meticulously cleans and disinfects the roots to eliminate all bacteria and particles to ensure that there is not one bit of infection remaining. A special filler is then pumped into the roots to seal them, prevent the possibility of further infection, and reduce tooth sensitivity.
Because the infected tooth that undergoes the root canal procedure must be altered to complete the treatment, and often because the tooth also suffers from an infection above the gum line, a porcelain crown completes the root canal therapy. A crown is customized in size, shape, and color so it blends in with the rest of your teeth. Its presence “caps” off the tooth and protects it from disintegration and damage, while also allowing the tooth to look and function naturally.
Do You Need Root Canal Therapy?
No one wants to hear their dentist tell them that they need root canal therapy, and this diagnosis can make many people anxious, but living with an infected tooth is far worse than undergoing this procedure at the hands of an experienced restorative dentist.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have a tooth infection that will require root canal therapy to correct it:
- Severe tooth pain
- Pain while chewing
- Gum tenderness
- Gum swelling
- Prolonged sensitivity to cold or heat
Tooth pain will never go away on its own. If you have an infection, it will only continue to grow and get worse and far more painful. Left untreated, a tooth infection can easily spread to the surrounding bone, leading to an abscess and the loss of multiple teeth. If you have waited to get your tooth tended to, consider yourself fortunate if root canal therapy is the only treatment you need to fix the problem.
You Can Avoid Root Canals
You are not destined to suffer through root canal therapy. There are plenty of ways to safeguard your oral health and prevent any major restorations from being necessary:
- Take good care of your teeth at home – brush and floss daily
- See your West Bloomfield dentist every six months for a check-up and cleaning
- Contact your dentist immediately if you have tooth or mouth pain
No one wants to get dental work done to fix a problem – dentist know this. But what dentists also know is that there is a solution for every oral health issue. Seeing us sooner rather than later when you have tooth pain or discomfort can result in a quicker, faster, less invasive solution and prevent you from the physical and financial cost of a bigger oral health problem later.
At Zoma Dental, it is our goal to help you preserve your natural smile. Through root canal therapy and porcelain crowns, we enable patients to keep their permanent teeth without having to worry about extraction or restorations like dental implants or a dental bridge.
If you are suffering from tooth pain, contact us immediately to discuss your concerns and schedule a consultation at Zoma Dental in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Find out what kind of dental restoration is right for you.