Root Canal Therapy
Novi Cosmetic Dentist | Dr. Joseph Serra
When it comes to your teeth, it is important that you not only take care of them on a daily oral hygiene routine, but also that you see a dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and consultation. There may come a time when one of your teeth dies or becomes extremely infected and you need a root canal to fix the problem. With Dr. Joseph Serra, you can be rest assured that your root canal is a comfortable experience and with terrific results.
Root Canal – What is it?
A root canal is a procedure used by dentists to save a tooth that is highly infected or is severely damaged. The living part of the tooth, known as the pulp, contains tiny blood vessels and nerves, which live in the pulp chamber. The pulp chamber is deep inside the center of the tooth and extends down to the root. For reasons including trauma, decay, deep fillings or something unexplained, this part of the tooth sometimes becomes infected or dies. When this happens, a root canal is necessary.
During the procedure, the pulp along with the nerves is removed from inside of the root of the tooth. The space is then cleaned, filled and properly sealed to avoid any further infection. Our dentist will place a dental crown to cover and protect the tooth. Dr. Serra works to ensure that during the procedure you will experience as little discomfort as possible.
Do I Need A Root Canal?
There is no way of knowing if you need a root canal unless you see a professional. As a patient, the one thing you can do is compare your symptoms to those known to be related to extreme tooth decay that requires a root canal.
Some of the common symptoms are:
- Pain when you bite or chew
- Pain that starts in one tooth and spreads to other locations such as the jaw, head, neck or even your ear.
- Gums that are swollen and bloody or releasing pus
- Toothaches that are extremely intense
- Throbbing toothaches that occur after eating hot or cold foods
If you think that you might need a root canal, you will want to consult a professional dentist that can perform the procedure as soon as possible.. For a dentist who is caring, knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to performing root canals, you want to consult Dr. Joseph Serra.
For an appointment at our dental office in Novi, contact us today. We will work with you to find the best treatment plan for you.