If a cavity is deep enough to penetrate the pulp (living tissue) inside your tooth, our dentists may recommend root canal therapy. This is why it’s important to see one of our dentists at least every 6 months for a checkup. During your dental checkup, we’re able to catch issues early so you can avoid needing teeth extracted.
Root Canals in Ann Arbor MI
You may need a root canal if you notice:
- Darkening of tooth
- Persistent toothache
- Pimple on the gums
- Swollen tender gums
- Prolonged sensitivity to cold and heat
- Pain or difficulty chewing
Call our office as soon as possible if you notice any of the above symptoms. The sooner you see one of our dentists, the sooner they’ll be able to diagnose and treat the source of your pain.
What happens during a root canal?
Before the procedure, you’ll feel a slight pinch when we inject the local anesthetic to numb your tooth. Once your tooth is properly numb, we’ll begin.
During the temporary filling or crown., one of our dentists will drill a hole through the top of your tooth in order to remove the infected pulp. Next, the dentist will flush the inside of your tooth to remove any residual debris before covering the tooth with a
Can I go to work after getting a root canal?
Whether or not you return to work after a root canal will depend on your pain tolerance and other factors unique to your case. Most people are able to return to work or school the day after a root canal. In the first few hours after the root canal procedure, we recommend not eating until the numbness from the anesthetic wears off. Otherwise, you could accidentally bite your lip or the inside of your cheek.