Understanding a Root Canal from the Inside Out

Just as a healthy plant flourishes from the inside, so too do your teeth. Beneath their enameled exterior, your teeth have passageways which run from the top, vertically to the roots.
These are called canals. At the center of each tooth is an inner chamber called the pulp.
The pulp is truly the heart of a tooth and consists of nerves, blood vessels and tissue.

Healthy Teeth Have a Healthy Core

When an infection reaches the pulp of a tooth, it can spread to the root. Left untreated, infections can lead to a serious and painful abscess. To relieve the pain and save the tooth, patients often require a root canal. Farmington Hills, like many communities, is fortunate to have skilled dentists who perform these procedures regularly and with great success.

You Can’t Ignore the Symptoms

There are many reasons why a tooth’s pulp can be compromised; deep decay, chips or cracks on the surface or within, trauma to the tooth or repetitive dental work that leaves the tooth weak and vulnerable. The first indication of a problem is tooth sensitivity and discomfort.  Experiencing pain when biting down on food and a persistent toothache are also common signs that something is going on beneath the surface and specialized dental care may be necessary.

Treatment is Quick and Relatively Painless

A root canal involves drilling the tooth from the top and removing the infected pulp. The tooth is then disinfected and a special filler and sealant is applied.  The tooth is further protected with a filling or crown. The procedure is often performed in just a few visits and the discomfort is minimal. Once the infected tooth is restored, pain almost instantly disappears. Recovery time is short as well. Often, patients are eating and drinking normally and comfortably within a few days.

Take Preventative Measures

Your oral hygiene plays a crucial role in your overall health and well-being. Preventative dental care consists of brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist regularly.  With the proper attention, all teeth, including those that have had a root canal, can last a lifetime. That alone, is something to smile about!

For all of your family’s dental needs, visit the team at Dwoskin & Owens Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. Dr. Marc Dwoskin and Dr. Scott Owens proudly serve Farmington Hills and surrounding areas, offering a spectrum of dental services and friendly, personalized care.


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