Battle Creek’s Root Canal Therapy Specialists
If you’re suffering from intermittent pain when you bite down or chew, you may be a candidate for a root canal. While brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups can prevent tooth decay, if your teeth are already suffering from an advanced dental disease, a root canal may be your best option for pain relief. We’ve all heard the joke, “I’d rather have a root canal!” but the truth is that root canals actually alleviate pain and cause no more discomfort than getting a filling. When it comes to treating tooth infections, there’s no better choice in Battle Creek, MI, than the office of Douglas E. McDaniel, DDS. We have years of experience and we’ll ensure you feel comfortable throughout the treatment.
Why Root Canals Are Necessary
A root canal procedure becomes necessary when infection or inflammation develops in the pulp tissue of the tooth. Pulp tissue consists of blood vessels, which explains why a problem here may cause you to feel intense pain from time to time. If left untreated, this can lead to a dental abscess, and may even contribute to systemic problems in other parts of the body. Don’t let a tooth infection balloon into more serious health issues; call the office of Dr. Douglas E. McDaniel, DDS. We’ll schedule a time that’s most convenient for you, treat the infection, and ensure your teeth are healthy and strong.
Do You Need Root Canal Therapy?
While not all tooth pain indicates the need for a root canal, specific symptoms may be a warning sign that you do. The symptoms include:
- Tenderness and swelling in the gums near the area of tooth pain
- Darkening of the tooth
- A small bump on the gums near the tooth pain
- Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Serious tooth pain when biting or chewing
When you visit our office, we’ll perform a thorough exam to diagnose your tooth pain and give you a solid understanding what steps need to be taken to resolve it. If the symptoms are left untreated, you put yourself at risk for tooth loss, increased infection to other teeth, and excruciating pain. Our root canal therapies are virtually painless and will effectively remove the infection as well as any ongoing discomfort you may be feeling.
What to Expect During a Root Canal Procedure
If we find a root canal is warranted, the root canal process generally begins the same way as a filling does, and with no greater discomfort. An anesthetic is administered to numb the tooth and the surrounding area. You may also receive a local anesthetic to feel more relaxed during the procedure. A small opening is made in the surface of the affected tooth to give access to the pulp chamber and root canals. Tiny instruments are used to remove the dead and dying pulp tissue from inside these narrow passageways. The chamber and empty canals are then cleaned, disinfected, and prepared to receive a filling of biocompatible material. Finally, adhesive cement is used to seal the opening in the tooth, preventing future infection. You’ll notice markedly less pain and discomfort after the procedure and with proper ongoing oral hygiene, your tooth will have complete functionality.