Root Canals Specialist

Healthy Smiles Dental Care

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Chelsea, MI, Flint, MI, Lansing, MI, Barton City, MI, & Muskegon, MI

Many people get concerned when they find out they need a root canal. The experienced dental team at Healthy Smiles Dental Care wants you to know a root canal doesn’t have to be an anxiety-ridden, excessively painful experience. The accomplished dental group at Healthy Smiles Dental Care does root canals on a daily basis in Chelsea, Flint, Lansing, Barton City (Jewell Lake Dental), and Muskegon, Michigan. If you’re concerned about having a root canal, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Root Canals Q & A

Do I need a root canal?

A root canal is a dental treatment that saves and repairs an infected tooth. One of the skilled dentists at Healthy Smiles Dental Care eliminates the bacteria and any dead or dying tissue from inside your tooth if it becomes severely infected. Doing so lets them get rid of your pain and preserve your tooth.

What leads to an infection in the tooth root?

From damage to the tooth or from a cavity allowed to go untreated, roots and tissue within your teeth can become infected with bacteria. If you don’t visit the dentist, the infected tissue may spread into the root or pulp of the tooth. If the infection develops any further this can lead to many other issues, so make sure you seek help.

What are the symptoms of an infected tooth?

An infected tooth can cause pain very quickly, particularly if you don't address it soon enough. Some typical symptoms of an infected tooth include:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness while chewing
  • Intense tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Smelly, bad breath
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • Painful aching in your jaw and mouth
  • Darkening color of the tooth
  • A small pimple-like bump on your gum

What's involved in a root canal?

Typically, one of the highly skilled dentists at Healthy Smiles Dental Care can take care of your tooth in one or two visits. You may first require an X-ray to determine the extent of damage to the tooth needing the root canal.

At your appointment, one of the dentists at Healthy Smiles Dental Care utilizes a syringe to administer local anesthetic and numb the region. Occasionally, they stick a small sheet of rubber, or dental dam, around the tooth to protect it and keep it clean during the procedure. After anesthesia is applied, the dentist creates a tiny opening in your tooth to reach the diseased area within the root.

Then, your dentist will clear away the unhealthy and infected pulp, then irrigate the area with water to clean it. Until you return for a permanent crown, your dentist either seals the tooth or applies a temporary filling.

If you show any signs or symptoms of a tooth infection, be sure to call Healthy Smiles Dental Care or schedule a consultation online.