Posts for tag: Root Canal

By Booker Family Dentistry
November 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

"You need a root canal" is probably one of the last things anyone ever wants to hear from the dentist. However, in most cases, the anxiety around root canal therapy is based on a misconception that the procedure has developed throughout popular culture. If someone is making a pain analogy or joke, the poorly understood root canal is likely to get a mention. But the reality is actually very different for most patients! In fact, the procedure is actually a common tool for relieving pain caused by a damaged or infected tooth. Dr. Nicholas Booker, your dentist in Trenton, MI, offers root canal therapy as well as general, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry services.

More About Root Canal Therapy

How can a procedure with a false reputation for being painful actually relieve tooth pain? Well for starters, root canal therapy is actually fairly similar to having a cavity filled in terms of discomfort. When bacteria reaches the pulp (soft tissue) inside a tooth, usually through a fracture or a large cavity, it causes inflammation of the nerve tissue, which also typically causes pain and infection when left untreated. Root canal therapy cleans the tooth from the inside out, after which the dentist seals and reinforces the tooth to prevent more bacteria from getting in.

How the Procedure Works

First things first. The best way to avoid tooth decay, gum disease, and the dental work involved in correcting them is to visit the dentist every six months for a checkup and professional dental cleaning as recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA). But accidents happen and sometimes even your best efforts are not enough to avoid dental problems. If you are experiencing pain or have suffered trauma from a sports injury, accident, or fall, make an appointment to see the dentist as soon as possible. If the dentist determines that a root canal is necessary after an x-ray and dental exam, the area is numbed and a small hole is created in the tooth to remove the damaged material and clear the tooth of all bacteria. If the tooth is chipped, cracked, or discolored a veneer can then be placed to restore its cosmetic appearance.

Interested? Give Our Trenton Practice a Call!

If you are nervous or worried about getting a root canal, contact Booker Family Dentistry's Trenton office today for more information about the procedure. Our number is (734) 675-5700.

By Booker Family Dentistry
March 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Root canals not only save at-risk teeth but also relieve your pain. Our Trenton, MI, dentist, Dr. Nicholas Booker of Booker Family Dentistry, root canal\explains how the procedure is performed and discusses changes in your teeth or gums that may indicate you need a root canal.

Removing pulp eliminates pain

Root canals are performed when the pulp at the center of your tooth becomes inflamed or infected. During root canal therapy, the pulp is removed, which eliminates the pain and ensures that your tooth doesn't become so damaged that it must be removed. After the interior of the tooth and the root canals are thoroughly cleaned and shaped with tiny files, a temporary filling is added to the tooth. It's replaced with a permanent filling in our Trenton office about a week or two later.

Pain is a useful warning sign

Inflammation or infection triggers pain that can be hard to ignore. At first, the pain may come and go, but it will eventually become constant. Some people who need root canals report severe, throbbing pain, while others only experience mild pain. No matter what level of pain you notice, removing your pulp with a root canal is essential if you want to keep your tooth. If you need a root canal, you may notice that your pain tends to increase when you chew on the tooth or if you eat hot, cold, or sugary foods.

Things may not look quite the same

Inflammation or infection not only causes pain, but may affect the way your tooth and gum look. Sudden darkening of your tooth or swollen gums can be signs that there is something wrong deep inside your tooth. If you have an abscess, you might see pus or even a bump that resembles a pimple on your gum.

A fever may be a sign of an abscess

The bacterial infection that causes a tooth abscess may also cause you to feel sick. Suspect an abscess if you have a fever, swollen glands, facial swelling, and severe pain. In fact, your tooth may hurt so much that it's impossible to sleep. Because your infection can spread, it's important to call us as soon as you notice these symptoms. In addition to a root canal, you'll also need to take antibiotics.

Root canals can help your protect your smile. Call our Trenton, MI, dentist, Dr. Booker of Booker Family Dentistry, at (734) 675-5700 if you notice any of these signs.