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What Happens During a Root Canal? Grand Rapids, MI

Never ignore a toothache. If a cavity is deep enough to penetrate the inner chamber of your tooth, you’ll need emergency dental care or risk dental extraction. Our dentist will do everything in their power to save your tooth, including root canal therapy.

During a root canal, we remove the infected tooth pulp and later strengthen your tooth with a crown. Continue reading to learn what you can expect during a root canal and how to recognize the signs of a tooth abscess.

Do I need a root canal?

Some people don’t experience symptoms until it’s too late to save the tooth. For this reason, it’s important to see your dentist every 6 months for preventive care. During your dental exam, we check for tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues that compromise oral health.

You might need a root canal if you experience:

  • Severe toothache
  • Tooth darkening in color
  • Pimple on the gums
  • Prolonged tooth sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Swollen tender gums

If you recognize any of the above symptoms, call our office as soon as possible to schedule your appointment. The sooner we can treat your tooth, the more likely you’ll be able to avoid dental extraction.

What happens during a root canal?

A tooth abscess won’t go away on its own. If you suspect you need a root canal, schedule an appointment with our office as soon as possible. During the procedure, our root canal dentist will be able to remove infected tooth pulp and seal your tooth. Without root canal treatment, the tooth will die and need to be extracted.

First, our dentist will numb your tooth so you won’t feel any pain during the root canal procedure. Once you’re properly numb, our dentist will drill a small hole near the top of your tooth. Our dentist will then use root canal files of increasing size to clean out the inner chamber of your tooth. For good measure, our dentist may flush the tooth with water and antimicrobial solution to make sure any remaining pulp is removed.

To seal the tooth and protect it from further infection, we’ll place a temporary filling until your crown is ready. However, if we use CEREC you’ll be able to have your root canal crown placed the same day. A CEREC crown will restore your tooth to its natural strength and appearance.

Who do I call when my tooth hurts?

Don’t ignore tooth pain. If you have a persistent toothache, schedule an appointment with our emergency dentist. They’ll be able to examine the inside of your mouth and take X-rays to determine the source of your pain. 

The sooner we’re able to treat a cavity, the less intensive treatment you’ll need. Be sure to describe your symptoms to the person answering your call so they can determine whether emergency care is appropriate for your situation.

Request an Appointment With Renew Family Dental

Our dentist offers root canal therapy and other restorative dentistry services so you can smile with confidence. To schedule your appointment with our Grand Rapids root canal dentist, call Renew Family Dental at (616) 245-3205.

This blog post has been updated.