There are few treatments in dentistry that evoke as strong of an emotional response as root canal therapy. Many people panic at the very mention of “root canal!”
Well, our West Bloomfield dentists are here to tell you that root canal therapy isn’t nearly as scary as it may, at first, seem. And, in certain situations, root canal treatment can help you literally save a tooth that would otherwise be lost.
The purpose of root canal therapy is to clear away the damaged inner layers of a patient’s tooth. The innermost part of your tooth is filled with nerves, dental pulp, and blood vessels. Once this layer of your tooth is damaged, the tooth is at risk of falling apart or falling out.
Our dental team will go into the affected tooth, and clear away any damaged and vulnerable materials. Then, we’re able to clean the remaining, healthy and stable, tooth structure in preparation for restorative treatment.
The final steps are to fill the hollowed-out tooth with a restorative material, and then cape the tooth with a personalized restoration. Once treatment is complete, the “living” portions of your tooth will be cleared out, leaving only healthy dentin and enamel behind.
Thanks to modern dental tools, which are highly detailed and precise, root canal therapy is more reliable and comfortable than ever before. Oral conscious sedation can also help root canal patients stay comfortable and relaxed throughout the treatment process. Although root canal therapy has a bad reputation for being uncomfortable, this simply isn’t true in today’s dental world.
If you are dealing with serious or extensive dental damage, it is essential that you seek treatment in a timely manner. As always, you can reach out to our West Bloomfield dentists by phone, or through our Contact Us page in order to get started!