When you hear the words “root canal” does a chill run up your spine? Unfortunately, too many people have heard wild exaggerations about this common and necessary dental procedure. Root canals help protect and preserve your teeth. In today’s blog, your Livonia dentist, Dr. James Stewart, discusses the importance of root canal therapy and how this simple procedure can safeguard your smile.
If you have ever had a cavity, you know the warning signs: tooth sensitivity, toothaches, and swelling. A cavity occurs when bacteria permeate the outer enamel and reach the layer of tooth structure below known as dentin. If left untreated, the decay will eventually spread to the pulp at the center of your tooth. Your dental pulp is a mass of living tissue that keeps your tooth alive and healthy. Once bacteria infect the pulp, a painful abscess begins. Symptoms of a dental abscess include:
- Severe pain
- Difficulty chewing or biting down
- Bad tasting drainage
- Bad breath
- Swelling around the tooth
Over time, an abscessed tooth may require removal, and the infection can even spread to the surrounding teeth! In order to keep your smile healthy and bright, Dr. Stewart will need to quickly remove the damage pulp through a procedure known as a root canal.
A root canal allows Dr. Stewart to stop the spread of infection and save your tooth. Using the latest in dental technology, Dr. Stewart removes the infected pulp and clears away any decay in the tooth. Then, he covers the tooth with a custom-made and natural looking dental crown. The crown keeps the remaining tooth structure intact and helps prevent further infection.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Livonia Family Dentist
Are you the painful symptoms of an abscessed tooth? Then talk to your Livonia family dentist, Dr. Stewart, today! Remember, an infected tooth can threaten appearance and dental health. Stewart can provide a diagnosis and sit down with you to discuss treatment options. We provide general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry for the entire family! Contact our 48154 dentist office. Schedule a visit by calling (734) 425-4400. We serve patients from Livonia, Farmington, Farmington Hills, and surrounding areas.