Posts for tag: Root Canals

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.

By Booker Family Dentistry
January 29, 2015
Category: Oral Health

While we at Booker Family Dentistry make every effort to keep our procedures as comfortable, pain-free and minimally invasive as possible, the truth is that root canals are surgery and you will want to prepare in advance for your recovery. Thankfully, the recovery doesn't have to be that bad. You'll just want to follow these four tips once you leave your Trenton cosmetic dentist.

1. Be Prepared for Some Pain and Discomfort

A little bit of pain or soreness after a root canal is normal and to be expected. Prepare for this pain by purchasing the pain relievers you'll need ahead of time, so you'll already have them on hand. An over-the-counter pain reliever should be enough to knock out the majority of the pain. An ice pack can help with any swelling too.

2. Stick to Soft Foods Until Tenderness is Gone

Eating hard or crunchy foods isn't just a good way to cause yourself pain; it's also a great way to fracture your new crown as well. Once your tenderness is gone and everything has settled, you'll be able to enjoy all of your favorite foods again. For the first few days, however, you'll want to eat only soft foods and avoid chewing with the treated side as much as possible.

3. Brush and Floss Regularly

Oral HealthBrushing and flossing are always important and the time right after you visit your Trenton cosmetic dentist for a root canal is no exception. If brushing hurts or is uncomfortable, you can purchase a soft toothbrush and brush slowly, but don't skip brushing or flossing altogether.

4. Call with Questions or Concerns

While the vast majority of root canals performed by cosmetic dentists in Trenton go very well, complications have been known to happen. If something ever doesn't feel right or if you have a great deal of pain, a reaction, a question or a concern, call Booker Family Dentistry right away. We're here to serve you--even after your root canal is over--and we'd rather you call than risk ruining your beautiful new smile.

Call Booker Family Dentistry Today!

Visiting your Trenton cosmetic dentist for a root canal might not be fun, but you might as well make the most out of it. These four tips will help you have a more pleasant and speedy recovery so you can be back to enjoying your beautiful smile again in no time.

Are you a patient of Booker Family Dentistry? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!