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Root Canal Therapy in Harper Woods, Michigan

Helping You Enjoy a Pain-Free Life

Are you experiencing pain in your mouth while eating? Is one of your teeth overly sensitive to hot or cold temperatures? Have you noticed a tender area or a persistent pimple on your gums? If so, you may have a decaying tooth. Your lifestyle is worth a professional diagnosis and treatment. Don’t live with needless discomfort. Let us help you enjoy lasting relief today.

What Is a Root Canal?

Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward, until they reach the tip of the root. All teeth have between one and four root canals.

Many tooth problems involve infections that spread to the pulp, which is the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves and other tissues. When the infection becomes worse, it can begin affecting the roots. A traumatic injury to a tooth can also compromise the pulp, leading to similar problems.

Root Canal Therapy

Why Is Pulp Damage Bad?

A diseased inner tooth brings a host of problems, including pain and sensitivity. A spreading infection can also cause small pockets of pus to develop, which can lead to an abscess.

Root Canal Therapy Can Help

Root canal therapy is a remarkable treatment with a very high rate of success. It involves removing the diseased tissue, halting the spread of infection and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth. In fact, root canal therapy is designed to save a problem tooth. Before the procedure was developed and accepted, the only alternative for treating a diseased tooth was extraction.

Procedure

Root canal therapy usually entails one to three visits. During the first visit, a small hole is drilled through the top of the tooth and into the inner chamber. Diseased tissue is removed, the inner chamber cleansed and disinfected, and the tiny canals reshaped. The cleansed chamber and canals are filled with an elastic material and medication designed to prevent infection. If necessary, the drilled hole is temporarily fed until a permanent seal is made with a crown.

Most root canal patients experience little or no discomfort or pain and are able to enjoy a restored tooth that can last almost as long as its healthy original.