Every year, dentists use root canal therapy to save millions of severely infected teeth. This procedure will relieve your pain and preserve your natural tooth. That means you won’t have to spend your time and money replacing it.
Root canal therapy may sound intimidating because of its reputation. But thanks to our advanced technology and the use of local anesthetic and dental sedation, the treatment usually involves little or no pain. Instead, Dr. Leitner will make the pain go away and fix your tooth so it works like new.
The deepest section of your tooth is called the pulp. It contains the blood vessels and other soft tissue that nurture the tooth. When the pulp becomes infected, it can be extremely painful.
If a tooth is cracked, broken, or damaged by physical trauma, it can allow bacteria to enter the pulp, resulting in infection. A cavity that’s left untreated can also grow to the point where the infection reaches the pulp.
During root canal therapy, Dr. Leitner removes the damaged pulp to relieve your pain and restore the health of the tooth. Without root canal therapy, the infection can spread other parts of your jaw, face, and neck, causing additional health issues.
You may require root canal treatment if you’re experiencing the following symptoms:
If you have a toothache, call our office right away at (616) 842-2850. Dr. Leitner will make sure you get the necessary care to make it stop hurting.
When you come to our office for your root canal treatment, Dr. Leitner will start by taking a digital x-ray of your tooth. This allows us to get a good look at your root structure to find out if it’s the source of your pain.
We’ll prepare you for root canal therapy by using a local anesthetic to numb the surgical site. If you want to feel more relaxed during your procedure, we can also provide sedation dentistry for your comfort.
Dr. Leitner will begin the procedure by creating a small hole in your tooth to access the pulp chamber. Next, he’ll remove the infected tissue and clean out the area. Then he’ll fill the chamber with a rubbery substance called gutta-percha and seal your tooth with an attractive dental crown.
Root canal therapy restores your tooth so it looks and feels like new. For the first few days after the procedure, you may experience some sensitivity, but this should go away quickly. Now you can get back to your normal routine.
Dr. Leitner does everything he can to save your tooth, but sometimes removing a severely infected tooth is the best option for protecting your health. In these cases, he’ll recommend extraction.
If you must have a tooth extracted, Dr. Leitner will go over your tooth replacement options with you. He can talk to you about the benefits of dental implants, a natural-looking tooth replacement that stays firmly in place.
Root canal therapy has a reputation for being painful, but with advanced technology, local anesthetic, and dental sedation, the experience has greatly improved. Most patients say it feels no more uncomfortable than getting a dental filling.
A dead tooth will usually cause a lot of pain as the nerve dies. It may also change in color to become yellow, gray, or black.
The area around your tooth might feel sensitive the day after your root canal therapy, but this should be manageable with over-the-counter pain medication and usually goes away quickly.
In rare cases, a tooth that’s been restored with root canal therapy may become reinfected due to the structure of the roots or other circumstances. If this occurs, it may require another root canal treatment to restore the health of your tooth.
A hot tooth is a severely infected tooth that’s extremely painful and doesn’t respond well to an anesthetic. If this occurs, Dr. Leitner will take the appropriate measures to treat your tooth without causing additional pain.
Root canal therapy doesn’t usually cause headaches. But if you’re noticing headaches following your procedure, give us a call and we’ll make sure you get the appropriate care.
A root canal procedure usually takes about 90 minutes. Some patients require an additional appointment to complete the procedure, however.
Dr. Leitner and our team do everything we can to make your treatment as comfortable as possible. Call our office at (616) 842-2850 to learn more about root canal therapy or any of the restorative and cosmetic treatments we provide.
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