That back tooth is acting up, isn't it? Sore to the touch, it requires treatment right away, but the prospect of getting root canal therapy worries you. Let your dentist at Crescent Lake Dental in Waterford, MI, reassure you. If you need a root canal, your pain and other symptoms will disappear, and you'll be able to keep your tooth. Read the details here about this frequently used and highly successful restorative treatment offered by Dr. Glenn Marsack.
What is root canal therapy?
Also called endodontic therapy, a root canal removes the soft pulp from deep inside the interior chambers, or root canals of an injured, infected or deeply decayed tooth. Many patients present the following symptoms to Dr. Marsack:
- Throbbing toothache
- An aching, swollen jaw
- A pimple on the gums and redness around the sick tooth
- Persistent halitosis, or bad breath
- Foul-tasting drainage
According to the American Association of Endodontists, dentists who specialize in performing a variety of root canal treatments, over 15 million of these tried and true restorative services happen annually in the US alone. They are highly successful, saving people the trouble and expense of tooth extraction and expensive replacement costs.
How does the procedure go in Waterford?
Confirming injury, deep fracture or abscess on x-ray and oral exam, Dr. Marsack numbs the area around the tooth and places a rubber dam in the mouth to keep bacteria from spreading. When the tooth is numb, the dentist creates a small hole in the tooth, accessing the first of up to four interior tooth canals. Then, he extracts the diseased pulp and other debris with a series of tiny metal files. These files also smooth the canal walls.
Next, Dr. Marsack cleans the canal, instills some antibiotic medication and seals the area with an elastic substance called gutta-percha. This natural putty has been the top choice for root canal therapy for years.
After canals are treated, the dentist covers the tooth with a temporary filling. The patient returns home for a week or so to heal. During this time, he or she may eat a soft diet for a day or two and take over the counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen as needed.
When the patient returns to Crescent Lake Dental, Dr. Marsack removes the temporary restoration and bonds realistic porcelain crown onto the tooth. With a quick adjustment for bite and fit, the root canal treatment is complete.
With routine brushing and flossing at home and semi-annual check-ups and cleanings with the team at Crescent Lake Dental, a tooth repaired with endodontic therapy likely will last a lifetime. The crown should last ten years or even more.
Please don't wait
Your tooth can recover from its health problems with root canal therapy from Waterford, MI, dentist, Dr. Glen Marsack. Please contact our caring office staff today for an appointment. Call (248) 682-9331. Your oral health and comfort are the highest priority at Crescent Lake Dental.