By Sean Stannard, DDS
February 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal   Toothache  

ToothacheTooth pain can vary from mild sensitivity when you drink something cold to a throbbing, jaw-aching torture which needs immediate relief. At Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry in Waterford, MI, Dr. Sean Stannard and Dr. David Studt relieve tooth pain with a variety of restorative procedures. One of the most well-known and effective is root canal therapy. Learn the details here on how it could stop your uncomfortable symptoms.

What is a root canal?

Root canal therapy is a tried and true restorative treatment performed right at Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry in Waterford. The procedure is so named for the slender canals, or chambers, which course down each tooth root. Each root canal (there are up to four) contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue, and if exposed to bacteria through injury or decay, they become inflamed and infected.

So, if your dentists confirm a problem with the health of the soft pulp inside a tooth, he may recommend a root canal procedure to open the tooth, to expose the canals and to clean and disinfect them.

Dr. Stannard or Dr. Studt accomplish this by first numbing the tooth and isolating it from the rest of the mouth with a rubber dam. Then, he creates tiny holes in the tooth, and he accesses and debrides the root canals with a series of small files.

He adds some antibiotics and a rubbery putty called gutta-percha to strengthen and seal each canal. A temporary filling tops off the tooth, protecting as it heals for the next week to ten days.

After healing is complete, you return to the office to receive a permanent crown which naturalizes the tooth's function, durability and appearance. Best of all, your tooth will feel more pain, gum or jaw swelling, drainage, or other deleterious symptoms of decay, abscess or fracture.

Keep your tooth

Your dental team at Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry sees many people whose teeth are in serious jeopardy. While some patients worry that restorative root canal procedures cause pain, Dr. Stannard and Dr. Studt wish to assure you that a root canal can relieve your tooth pain and return you to good oral health. If you have a toothache, dental sensitivity or other worrisome symptoms, please call our office for an appointment. A root canal may be just what you need to feel better. Call (248) 673-7300.


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