A Pain-free Root Canal Treatment Can Save Your Smile
If we’ve learned anything in our years of dental experience, it’s that no one wants to have a root canal treatment.
That’s understandable. Root canals have an unfortunate and, in our opinion, an undeserved reputation. However, if you do need one, that does mean there is a problem with your tooth.
Our dentists have helped many patients in and around Rochester Hills, MI, with infected teeth. We know how to remove the infection with pain-free root canal treatments.
While we hope we never have to tell you that you need a root canal treatment, we also hope that it will give you some peace of mind if you find out that you do need one.
To make an appointment, call Hubbard & Leath Dental or contact us by filling out our online form. We are here to help.
How To Avoid A Root Canal Treatment
Let’s start with some good news. You can take steps to reduce your need for a root canal treatment.
This involves following the American Dental Association recommendations for oral care. This starts with your home hygiene and continues with regular dental cleanings and examinations at Hubbard & Leath Dental.
As a quick reminder, the ADA suggests that every day you should brush your teeth twice daily and clean between your teeth and gums at least once.
Brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste for two minutes at a time will remove many bacteria from your mouth. These bacteria cause tooth decay and gum disease, both of which can cause a tooth infection if they are not treated.
Flossing or using another interdental cleaner will remove small food particles that may have become stuck between your teeth and gums. The bacteria mentioned above can use those food particles to grow and create plaque. You will be reducing your risk of decay and gum disease by making the effort to remove the food particles.
Two (or more) times each year, you should visit our dentist office in Rochester Hills, MI, for routine cleanings and examinations.
No matter how careful you are about your daily oral hygiene, it’s possible that you will miss something. A professional cleaning from our dental hygienists will remove any plaque or tartar that you may have missed.
Again, this will greatly reduce your risk of gum disease, tooth decay, or a subsequent tooth infection.
Signs That You Need A Root Canal Treatment
During your routine visits to our office, our staff will do everything we can to prevent problems. However, there are times when the examinations reveal that you already have a cavity or gum disease.
Early treatment can prevent the bacteria from causing a bigger problem. However, bacteria will start to eat into your teeth if given the opportunity.
Tooth decay occurs when bacteria eats into the enamel of your teeth. This can create a cavity. If the tooth decay is not removed (and the cavity isn’t filled), then bacteria will eat deeper into your tooth.
Eventually, the bacteria will reach the pulp, a soft connective tissue in the center of your tooth. If the pulp becomes infected, this can cause a variety of symptoms:
▸ Lingering tooth pain
▸ Increased sensitivity to hot, cold, and sweet foods or drinks
▸ Pain why eating
▸ Pimple-like bumps on gum tissue
Untreated gum disease, like tooth decay, can cause tooth infections. This can allow bacteria will attack your tooth at the root. Again, it can reach the pulp as it eats deeper into your tooth.
You should make an appointment at Hubbard & Leath Dental as soon as you notice any of the symptoms mentioned above.
A Painless Root Canal Treatment
A tooth infection can be quite painful. Our dentists want your treatment to be as painless as it can be.
To fix your tooth, we will start by giving you either a local anesthetic or by providing you with one of our dental sedation options. Either way, we want to be sure you won’t feel anything during your root canal treatment.
After removing the infected pulp, we will clean and sanitize the innermost parts of your tooth and fill it will a special material to reduce your risk of another infection. A dental filling or crown will restore your tooth’s shape and function.
Schedule a visit to Hubbard & Leath Dental today whether you need a root canal treatment or you are trying to avoid a tooth infection.