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By Crescent Lake Dental-Glen J Marsack
December 15, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canals  

If you are experiencing tooth pain from infected teeth, you may be wondering what to do to relieve the pain. While there may be some options for short-term pain relief, such as cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medication, neither of these will address the underlying problem for long-term pain relief. If you need long-term pain relief from infected teeth, your best option may be a root canal. For root canals in Waterford, White Lake & West Bloomfield, MI, consider reaching out to Dr. Glen Marsack of Crescent Lake Dental.

What Is A Root Canal?

A root canal, also called endodontic therapy, is a procedure performed by a dentist as a means to try to save the tooth from needing to be pulled when the nerve or pulp of the tooth becomes infected. The pulp of the tooth is the innermost part of the tooth which contains the nerves and blood supply. Because of this, the pulp of the tooth is often very sensitive and therefore can cause pain if damaged or infected. Infection in this area of the tooth may be a result of inflammation from decay, such as a cavity left untreated, a cracked or broken tooth that causes bacteria to get inside, or other trauma to the mouth causing severe damage.

How Do Root Canals Relieve Pain?

Root canals in Waterford, White Lake & West Bloomfield, MI, are used to relieve pain caused by tooth infection. This treatment works by having your dentist carefully remove the pulp inside the tooth, which has become infected, clean and disinfect the inside of the tooth cavity and root canals, and place a filling at the drill site to seal the space from future infection. If this process requires reshaping of the root canals your dentist will also be able to complete this during the procedure. Following recovery from a root canal, you should no longer feel any tooth pain as the cause for the pain has been completely removed.

Where To Find Pain Relief Today

If you are suffering from tooth pain due to infected teeth and seeking relief today, consider root canals in Waterford, White Lake & West Bloomfield, MI, with Dr. Marsack. His office in Waterford, Crescent Lake Dental, can be reached by calling (248) 682-9331.

By Crescent Lake Dental-Glen J Marsack
September 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canals  

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 root canalsworries 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:

  • Fever
  • Malaise
  • 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.