If tooth pain is making it difficult for you to eat, brush, and simply get through the day, you may be in need of a root canal. A root canal is a procedure that restores the health of your tooth.
At the St. Clair Shores, MI, office of your dentist, Dr. Steven Wainess, we can alleviate the pain from your damaged tooth and have you feeling better in just a couple of days.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
Dental decay or damage ranges in severity, and sometimes a less invasive procedure can remedy the issue. However, signs including the following could indicate a root canal is needed:
- Intense pain while biting and chewing
- Severe decay
- Swollen, tender gums
- A severely cracked, chipped, or fractured tooth
- A deep cavity
- Extensive decay
- Darkened gum tissue or bumps on the gum
What is the procedure for a root canal?
Your dentist at our St. Clair Shores, MI, office will place you under anesthesia so you are comfortable for the procedure and then access the pulp of the affected tooth. The infected or decayed pulp will be removed before your dentist cleans and disinfects the void. To seal off your tooth and restore its shape, a filling or crown will be applied. A root canal protects the tooth from further decay, bacterial growth, or infection, and will restore the appearance of your tooth so it looks natural and healthy.
After your procedure, you may experience discomfort for a few days. Your dentist may prescribe an antibiotic to help with the healing process and avoiding hard or crunchy foods can help alleviate soreness.
If you have tooth pain, don't delay your care. Make an appointment with Dr. Wainess, your dentist in St. Clair Shores, MI, by calling (586) 293-1515.