Root Canal: The Superhero Of Dental Treatment
Think about your favorite superhero movie. Most likely, the hero of the movie ends up saving the world from destruction. The same is true for a root canal in the way that it saves your natural teeth from destruction. At times, tooth decay or a tooth infection is unavoidable. Whether it is caused from lack of oral care, age, side effects of medication, or a medical condition, we try our very best to always save your natural teeth. When a filling or other treatment is not able to solve the problem, we recommend a root canal.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is used to remove bacteria and infection from the inside or pulp of your teeth. Once the harmful material is removed, the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected, followed by the area being filled and sealed. A modern-day root canal is extremely effective and can be the difference between saving your tooth or needing a tooth extraction.
Signs You Might Need a Root Canal
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we recommend that you visit our office as soon as possible for an evaluation:
- Extreme discomfort while eating and chewing
- Chipped or cracked tooth
- Repeated sensitivity to hot and cold
- Swollen and tender gums
- Deep decay
Care Following a Root Canal
Gone are the days of root canals being something that should be feared or dreaded at the dentist. Due to the advanced technology and updated dental practices, root canals can now be compared to a filling or other minor treatment. Although you will be numb following the procedure, there is no reason not to resume your normal daily activities following a root canal such as returning to work or school. We do suggest:
- Avoiding chewing on the side of the root canal for 24 hours
- Eating soft foods for a day or two
- Preparing for tooth sensitivity
- Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever for discomfort
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, please call our office located in Burton, MI to schedule an appointment. It is best to have an oral concern looked at sooner rather than later. See you soon!