Root Canal Therapy | Grand Rapids, MI
When we think about oral health, we often think about the gums and teeth on the surface. However, diseased tooth pulp can cause you a lot of pain and even necessitate tooth extraction.
When Root Canals are Needed
Root canal therapy is needed when a patient has an oral infection that spreads to the pulp (living tissue) inside their tooth. This can cause severe pain, especially if the infection is allowed to spread into the tooth roots.
Infected tooth pulp can be caused by:
- Deep tooth decay
- Traumatic oral injury
- Too many dental procedures done on the same tooth
- Large fillings
- Tooth chips and cracks
Signs You Need a Root Canal
Below are the common signs you need a root canal. Keep in mind that you may not show any of these signs, which is why it’s so important to schedule dental exams every six months with our Grand Rapids family dentists so they can prevent tooth loss.
- Severe toothache, especially when chewing or biting down
- Darkening of tooth
- Prolonged tooth sensitivity
- Gum swelling and tenderness near affected tooth
- Pimple on the gums
- Sensitivity to temperature changes
Root Canal Procedure
Depending on your unique circumstances, you may need to come one to three times to our Grand Rapids dental practice for your root canal. First, our dentist will drill a hole through the top of your tooth in order to remove diseased dental pulp, bacteria, and other debris.
The inside of your tooth will then be cleaned and disinfected before the tooth canals are reshaped. A special type of sealer is then used to fill the tooth’s root canal. A large filling is usually put on top to cover the access hole. However, your dentist will most likely need to place a root canal crown on top to prevent the tooth from breaking.
Donald VanderLinde DDS and Alexandra Dodds DDS are dedicated to helping patients maintain healthy smiles through quality restorative dental services. If you are experiencing a severe toothache and suspect you need a root canal, call our Grand Rapids dentist office at (616) 245-3205.