Root Canal Therapy in Farmington, MI
When You Need A Root Canal
When decay reaches the innermost layer of your tooth, called the pulp, it can become infected. If the pulp becomes infected, root canal therapy is necessary to prevent the spread of infection and eventual tooth loss. Fortunately, the pain can be alleviated with treatment and your oral health can be health restored.
The pulp of your tooth contains nerves and blood vessels, which will alarm you if they’re disturbed. If you’re in need of root canal therapy, chances are that you’ve experienced some of these symptoms:
- Sensitivty to hot or cold food or beverages
- A bump appears near the affected tooth
- Tenderness or swelling of the gums near the tooth
- Darkening of the tooth
- Pain in your face, jaw, or teeth
- Chipped or cracked tooth
- Tooth mobility
If you’re experiencing any signs or symptoms indicating that you need a root canal, we can put an end to your pain by getting a root canal treatment with Dr. Shlafer.
Root Canal Therapy in Four Steps
Root canal therapy is painless and can even save your natural tooth. It prevents the spread of infection and restores the oral health of your smile. The process can be completed in the following four easy steps:
- We offerlocal anesthetic or even sleep sedation for completely painless root canals.
- Once numb, your infected tooth is cleaned out and medication is applied to reduce infection and swelling.
- A sealer is then used to fill and protect your tooth rot.
- A crown (cap) is placed after a root canal to prevent your tooth from breaking or cracking.
Recovering from Root Canal Therapy
After the procedure, you’ll want to follow a few guidelines to ensure the best possible outcome of the procedure. In addition to following any aftercare recommendations by Dr. Shlafer, you’ll want to follow these simple steps:
- Eat soft cool foods
- Chew on the opposite side of your mouth away from the surgical side
- Apply a cold compress to alleviate the pain
- Use over-the-counter pain relievers such as Ibuprofen to decrease pain and swelling
- Avoid smoking or alcohol for three days
- Refrain from exercising for the first few days
- Monitor how you feel
Get Relief with Dr Shafler
A nagging toothache can diminish your quality of life and lead to bigger problems. Dr. Shlafer can restore your oral health so you can live your life free of toothaches of pains. Contact our office by calling (248) 781-0040 and we’ll get to the root of the matter.
Anything that could put you or someone else in harm’s way should be avoided until your body has fully recovered from the effects of sedation.
- Express any fears or concerns regarding the surgery with Dr. Shlafer
- Avoid antibiotics prior to surgery unless otherwise told
- Refrain from taking painkillers prior to the surgery
- Avoid alcoholic beverages
On the other hand, a tooth extraction is necessary when the tooth is decayed and infected beyond repair. When you have a tooth extracted, the missing gap can lead to bone loss due to the lack of chewing forces that are necessary for strengthening the bone.
The missing tooth creates a gap that may cause the surrounding teeth to shift position to fill in the gap. That’s why it’s best to preserve your natural tooth and get the root canal as the first treatment option.
For more information or to make an appointment, give us a call today at (248) 781-0040.