Root Canal Treatment in Birmingham, MI
Relieve your pain with Dr. Stone
If tooth decay reaches the pulp, or the deepest layer of the tooth, root canal treatment may be necessary to save the tooth. During root canal therapy, Dr. Stone will remove the infected portion of the tooth, which will alleviate your pain and preserve the natural tooth.
This treatment typically involves little to no pain, thanks to the use of dental sedation. In fact, many patients report feeling pain relief almost instantly after their root canal treatment!
Signs you may need root canal therapy
Symptoms of an infected root canal are similar to those of a cavity, but the pain is likely to be more severe. If you’re experiencing the following symptoms, you may require root canal treatment:
- Severe tooth pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
- Tender or swollen gums
the root canal treatment process
During root canal therapy, Dr. Stone will create a small entry point at the top of the crown to reach the diseased pulp. We’ll also provide you with a local anesthetic to numb the surgical site to ensure you feel no pain or discomfort.
Dr. Stone will remove the pulp, disinfect the inside of the tooth, and use a rubber-like material called gutta-percha to seal the root canal. Then, our Birmingham team will place a natural-looking, porcelain dental crown over the tooth for additional protection.
Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canal Treatment
In most cases, root canal therapy is completed in one to two appointments, lasting about 90 minutes each. However, treatment time varies from patient to patient and depends on several factors. This includes the condition of your oral health and how many teeth need to be treated. We’ll provide you with an accurate breakdown of your treatment during your initial consultation.
Before your procedure, we’ll provide you with a local anesthetic to relieve any pain you may experience during your root canal. It’s likely you’ll feel mild discomfort after the procedure but this should subside within a few days. Dr. Stone recommends taking an over-the-counter painkiller to relieve pain and applying a cold compress over the affected area to reduce swelling.
A root canal shouldn’t interfere with your normal routine and any sensitivity or discomfort should go away within a few days. After your procedure, Dr. Stone will discuss the necessary post-operative guidelines to ensure a healthy recovery. Helpful tips to follow include:
- Avoid touching the surgical area
- Eat softer foods
- Brush carefully
- Use a cold compress
- Take over-the-counter pain medications, as needed
It’s uncommon to experience any complications after root canal therapy, but it can happen in very rare cases. If your tooth becomes broken, infected, or fractured, contact Dr. Stone as soon as possible by calling (248) 644-8520 or filling out a contact form. He’ll assess the damage and determine the best solution to restore your tooth and get you back on track.
get the care you need today
If you’re suffering from an infected tooth, Dr. Stone can treat it with root canal therapy to save your tooth and relieve any pain or discomfort. Give us a call at (248) 644-8520 or fill out a contact form to schedule an appointment with our Birmingham dentist.