Quiz: What Do You Know About Root Canal Therapy?


Have you ever heard of a root canal? I’m sure you have. In addition, I bet you’ve heard a number of horror stories about this common dental procedure. Unfortunately, due to exaggerations and misinformation, many people fear this comfortable and safe procedure. In reality, a root canal may be the best method of ensuring your smile remains healthy and whole.

Livonia Root Canal Quiz

1. True or False: A toothache may be a sign of an infected tooth.

2. True or False: Without treatment, an infected tooth may require extraction.

3. True or False: A root canal can address dental infections or abscesses.

4. True or False: A crown may be used to restore a tooth following a root canal.

Answer Key

1. True. Often, the first sign a patient may have advanced decay or an infection is a persistent toothache. If you experience a toothache that doesn’t go away after 48 hours, see your Livonia general dentist right away.

2. True. Over time, the infection may start to spread to surrounding teeth. To prevent further tooth loss and discomfort, a tooth may need to be extraction. To prevent extraction, you may require a root canal in order to remove the infected tissue.

3. True. During a root canal, your Livonia general dentist will open the tooth and remove the infected tissue. He will then clean and disinfect the root canals. Next, Dr. Stewart will place a filling material into the tooth.

4. True. After filling the tooth, Dr. Stewart will place a custom-made crown over the tooth. The crown protects the tooth structure and prevents further infection. Once the procedure has been completed, your restored tooth will blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile.

Do You Have Any Questions?

If you would to ask your Livonia general dentist about our approach to root canal therapy, contact our office today. James Steward, DDS, and our compassionate staff proudly serve patients of all ages from Livonia, Farmington Hills, Plymouth, Northville, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, and all surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.