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Getting To The Root Of The Issue

The health of your teeth is vital to your life. That’s why you spend time going to the family dentist, brushing and flossing your teeth, and rinsing with mouthwash like you are supposed to do. Dr. Duffield will see a problem when it starts, but there are some issues that go deeper than the surface of your teeth.

You may develop an infection to the root of your tooth. The infection can be brought on by tooth decay, a cracked or damaged tooth, or a number of other reasons. Dr. Duffield can help clear the infection. This is necessary to keep you from further complication due to the infected root.

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Root canals have a bad image and unfortunately the reality hasn't sunk into that misconception. The technology and the instruments for doing root canals now is advanced so much now that a root canal is almost like having a filling done. I can't tell you how many times I've done a root canal and people are like “That's it?” “That's all there was?” They're expecting pain. As long as it's managed properly, if there's infection, as long as it's treated with antibiotics, a root canal, you're numbed up, you don't feel anything, and then that tooth is saved for so you don't lose the tooth.


What Is A Root Canal?

If your tooth has become infected or decayed, a root canal can save the tooth instead of getting it extracted. Dr. Duffield will remove the nerves and soft tissue, called pulp, within the root. This will empty the area inside your tooth.

The pulp and its nerves within are not necessary for your tooth to function properly. The main reason they are there is to detect hot and cold temperatures of food and liquid. If you have sensitive teeth, this function is one you probably would rather do without.

Next, Dr. Duffield will clean this area so that any remaining infection or decay is removed. The removal of all material from within the tooth’s natural cavity will help prevent you from developing an abscess. This is when the infection develops a fluid-filled pocket inside your tooth. It is very painful and dangerous, as the infection could cause tooth loss or other serious issues.

Once your tooth has been cleaned, Dr. Duffield will seal the tooth. This may be during the same visit or during another visit. The extent of the infection will determine whether you will need another visit.

Does A Root Canal Hurt?

There seems to be a general thought that a root canal is a painful procedure. This is NOT true. A root canal is, in fact, no more painful than a getting a filling put in. Dr. Duffield will go through the different pain management options with you before the procedure.

After your root canal, the area will be tender. This is just your body repairing the damage that the infection caused. The teeth in that area will be sensitive for a little while. This can be easily managed through the use of over-the-counter pain medications.

Will A Root Canal Save My Tooth?

Root canals are exceedingly successful in saving a person’s natural tooth. In fact, the success rate is 95 percent. Keeping your natural teeth is always the best option in this situation. Your natural teeth allow you to continue to eat the types of food that you want, as well as a diet that is nutritionally sound.

The health of your natural teeth is something you must take very seriously. If you think you have an infected tooth, Dr. Lawrence Duffield will be happy to explain the root canal procedure to you. Give our Royal Oak, MI office a call at 248-721-4502 today to schedule an appointment. You can also leave us a message using the online contact form, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.


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