Ann Arbor Root Canal Therapy
Are you needing a root canal? We provide same day treatment to residents of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, MI.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a relatively straightforward procedure to deal with an infection in your tooth. It gets a bad rap, but it is an alternative to extracting a diseased tooth.
The Many Names For Root Canals
- Endodontic Therapy
- Endodontic Treatment
- Root Canal Therapy
Root canals become necessary when an infection occurs inside your teeth. Due to the location of the infection endodontic therapy is used to remove pulp and destroy the internal infection.
Symptoms Indicating You Need A Root Canal
Particularly when eating or chewing, pain is the first indication an infection may be present. Other symptoms include discoloration, swelling, and prolonged sensitivity. However, an infection could also be present without any symptoms showing so it's important to see your dentist regularly for a checkup.
About the Root Canal Procedure
Root Canals procedures are more common than you may think.
We start by taking x-rays to get a complete picture of the issue. Your dentist will review the x-ray to see if any signs of infection are present. If there is we will schedule a time for you to come in for a root canal treatment.
During your appointment, we will numb the area with a local anesthesia to make the process as comfortable as possible.
After we penetrate your tooth a series of files and rinses will work to remove the infection. After the area is cleaned we will put a temporary crown on to close the opening
You’ll need to come back a few weeks later to have a permanent new crown put in place. During this checkup, your dentist will decide whether the tooth needs further support.
Root canal recovery is usually quite quick and will go smoothly if you follow our dentist’s directions. There may be some tenderness in the area, but this will abate pretty quickly and is easily overcome with over-the-counter medications.
Overall, the discomfort is bearable and a lot better than dealing with an aching tooth or recovering from an extraction.