Dr. Richard Golden and our Dr. Golden Laser Dental team have been hard at work helping patients in Detroit, Michigan, with their oral health needs for a long time. We are happy to provide a safe, effective and comfortable environment for our patients to have the best possible experience.
So what if you are currently in pain with an inflamed tooth, and you have been told you need a root canal? This is a good thing because first, we will be able to relieve your tooth pain! Second, we will be able to save your tooth, which is the object of having a root canal performed.
A root canal will get to the “root” of your problem. Your tooth pulp is a vital part of your tooth, as it creates dentin and houses connective tissues, blood vessels, and nerves which branch out into each root through canals in the tooth. Thanks to bacterial decay, the pulp can become inflamed or infected.
Tooth pulp can become infected thanks to a deep cavity, cracks or breaks in the tooth, injury to the tooth, having repeated dental procedures—such as dental fillings–and even gum disease, as these all allow harmful bacteria to enter the pulp.
At Dr. Golden Laser Dental, we prefer to save teeth rather than extracting and replacing them whenever possible, and a root canal allows us to do just that! If you are worried that a root canal may be painful, keep in mind that they are quite similar to having a filling done and they provide pain relief from current tooth pain.
So, what happens during a root canal? After X-rays have shown our dentist where the infection/inflammation is, you will be made comfortable with an application of a local anesthetic to the tooth. Our dentist will remove any damaged pulp and thoroughly clean and disinfect the space left behind. This space will be filled and sealed with a rubberlike material called gutta-percha, and at some point, your tooth will require either a dental filling or crown to protect the tooth.
You can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease with daily brushing and flossing to remove oral debris, bacteria, and plaque. Daily oral hygiene combined with regular professional dental cleanings to remove plaque and tartar deposits will create the best possible environment for your smile, even after a root canal treatment.
Would you like to know more about root canal therapy, or do you have a painful tooth? If so, please don’t hesitate to give our team a call at 313-371-9880 today. Dr. Richard Golden and our Dr. Golden Laser Dental team in Detroit, Michigan, are here to help you maintain your smile health!