Root Canal Therapy in Sterling Heights, MI

Root canal therapy is necessary when the inner chamber of the tooth, called the dental pulp, becomes infected. The pulp houses the nerves and blood vessels, which is why living with root canal pain can be dreadful. Root canal therapy is the last line of defense to save a tooth before an extraction, which is why it’s important to receive treatment as soon as possible.

You don’t have to live with sensitivity and pain. At Sterling Heights Dentistry, we’ll restore your oral health and do everything we can to save as much of your natural tooth as possible.

 
Tooth Decay and Symptoms of an Infected Root Canal

If tooth decay is left untreated, bacteria can spread to the pulp of your tooth, resulting in an infection. While some patients don’t experience any symptoms, there are various signs that indicate you may need root canal therapy, including:

  • Severe toothache, especially with chewing

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures

  • Discoloration of the tooth

  • Swelling and tenderness in nearby gums

  • A reoccurring pimple, also called an abscess on the gums

  • Chipped or cracked tooth

  • Deep decay

It’s important to schedule biannual checkups at our Sterling Heights office, where we can focus on preventing the spread of tooth decay and other dental issues before they become problematic and require more invasive procedures.

Root Canal Therapy in 6 Steps

Dr. Johnson is a compassionate practitioner who is first and foremost concerned with your comfort. Prior to the procedure, she’ll numb your tooth and gums with a local anesthetic to ensure you’re pain-free throughout the treatment. She’ll also be in communication with you to check in throughout the procedure and adjust the dosage if needed.

 

Dr. Johnson can complete your root canal therapy in 6 easy steps:

  1. After the site is numb, a protective sheet called a dental dam will be placed over the area to keep it ocean and dry during the procedure

  2. A small hole will be drilled into the crown of the tooth 

  3. The pulp and root canals will be cleaned and shaped

  4. The root canal is filled with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha 

  5. A temporary filling is placed in the crown

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Root canal therapy typically takes two appointments lasting 45 minutes each. The duration of the treatment time depends on several factors, such as the amount of infection and decay. For a more accurate timeframe, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Johnson by calling (586) 939-5151. 

 

During the consultation, Dr. Johnson will examine your oral health and create a customized treatment plan that will include a more accurate time frame.

Prior to root canal therapy, Dr. Johnson will numb your tooth and gums so you won’t feel a thing throughout the procedure. After the treatment, you can expect to feel some sensitivity. However, any discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications such as Ibuprofen and a cold compress. 

 

If your pain persists longer than a week, contact our office so we can investigate your pain and ensure the infection didn’t come back.

Following root canal therapy, you’ll want to wait until the numbing has worn off before having your first meal. Eat soft foods and chew away from the procedural site. Recommended food choices include:

 

  • Bananas

  • Applesauce

  • Smoothies

  • Protein Shakes

  • Yogurt

  • Ice Cream

  • Eggs

  • Mashed potatoes

  • Pasta

  • Oatmeal

You’ll also want to make sure to avoid hot food and beverages, avoid drinking through straws, and refrain from smoking for the first 72 hours.

The cost of root canal therapy varies from person to person depending on your specific needs and the details of the procedure. Insurance may cover a portion of the expenses. We recommend contacting your provider for a better understanding of your specific coverage. 

 

For a better understanding of the cost, schedule a consultation with Dr. Johnson by calling 

(586) 939-5151. During the consultation, she’ll review your oral health and create a customized treatment plan that will include a detailed list of pricing.

 

Infection Stops Here

 

Dr. Johnson wants her patients to thrive and smile without pain. If you need root canal therapy, contact our office by calling (586) 939-5151 and we’ll do everything we can to save your tooth so you can enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.

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