What to Expect During Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy Dentist Grand Rapids

Root Canal Therapy Dentist Grand RapidsDon’t ignore a toothache! Tooth pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Once a cavity is deep enough to penetrate dental pulp, you may need to schedule an emergency visit with one of our root canal dentists.

Dental pulp is the innermost chamber of your tooth made of living tissue. If you suspect you need an emergency root canal, call our office as soon as possible. A root canal is often one of the last things we can do to save an abscess tooth. Continue reading to learn about the root canal procedure.

You may need root canal therapy if you have:

  • Severe toothache
  • Prolonged tooth sensitivity to cold or heat
  • Tooth darkening
  • Swollen tender gums
  • Dental abscess (looks like a pimple on the gums)

Expectations During Root Canal Therapy

Dental X-Rays Will Be Taken

Dental pulp is the living tissue inside your tooth, which contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues. While you may feel apprehensive about root canal therapy, keep in mind that you will feel much better once our dentists are able to treat your tooth infection.

Our root canal dentists will first want to take x-rays of your teeth to determine how deep your cavity runs and whether surrounding bone has been infected. While your teeth may appear perfectly healthy on the surface, the inside of your tooth may be telling a different story. The dental x-rays will also reveal the shape of your root canals.

Tooth Will Be Prepped for Root Canal

If one of our dentists determines you need a tooth root canal, they will give you local anesthesia so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. To keep the area around the infected tooth dry and clean during root canal treatment, we may place a special rubber sheet around your tooth.

Infected Dental Pulp Will Be Removed

To remove the infected dental pulp, we’ll need to drill an access hole through the top of your tooth. Next, we’ll use small files of increasing size to remove the infected pulp. Every so often, we may flush out the inside of your tooth with water or sodium hypochlorite.

Tooth Will Be Restored With Filling and Crown

Once the inside of your tooth is clean, one of our dentists will seal it. Depending on your circumstances, this can be done the same day or during a later visit to our office. If we decide to seal your tooth at a later date, a temporary filling will be placed to prevent saliva and food particles from getting inside your tooth.

When you come back, we’ll remove the temporary filling. We’ll also fill the inside of your tooth and tooth’s root canal, and cover the access hole with a permanent filling. Since teeth are often fragile after a root canal, one of our dentists may decide you need a root canal crown to restore your tooth to its natural appearance and strength.

Our dentists are dedicated to helping you restore your smile through root canal therapy and other restorative dentistry services. If you need to schedule an appointment with our root canal dentists in Grand Rapids MI, call Contemporary Family Dental at (616) 209-3969.