By Booker Family Dentistry
November 18, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay   Root Canals  

What is a root canal and when is the procedure necessary? Dr. Nicholas Booker, a dentist in Trenton, MI, offers root canal therapy to root canalclean out bacteria buildup or infections that develop in the inner part of a tooth, known as the soft pulp. Damage to the soft pulp can cause excruciating pain, and put the nerves at risk for permanent damage.

Root Canal Treatments in Trenton, MI

Of all the dreaded phrases in English (or any language), "you need a root canal" is probably at the top of the list. As far as urban legends go, root canal treatments have mistakenly earned a reputation as an especially painful, traumatic dental procedure. But the truth is that, on the pain and discomfort scale, a root canal is more or less in line with other common dental procedures, like getting a filling. In fact, a root canal is actually performed to relieve tooth pain and damaged tissue inside of an infected or severely decayed tooth.

In addition to nerve cells, the soft pulp inside the teeth contains blood vessels and connective tissue. When the pulp becomes exposed to bacteria either through trauma or tooth decay, a root canal is performed to remove the bacteria and any damaged tissue to relieve the inflammation and resulting pain. A dental restoration, like bonding, may be used to help seal the tooth after the treatment.

Root canals are also an important tool in helping to preserve a tooth from extraction, which is a much more intense procedure, requiring more dental treatment and causing much more discomfort.

Find a Dentist in Trenton, MI

The most effective way to avoid a root canal is to avoid bacteria buildup and tooth decay by practicing good oral hygiene at home, and through regular check-ups and professional dental cleanings with a dentist. For more information, contact Booker Family Dentistry by calling (734) 675-5700 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Booker today.