Posts for tag: Root Canal

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.

By Sean Stannard, DDS
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

What your dentists in Waterford, Michigan want you to knowroot canal

If you have tooth pain, do you need a root canal? That’s a good question, and one you can’t answer by yourself. Drs. Sean Stannard and David Studt at Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry in Waterford, Michigan want to tell you about a few important signs and symptoms that you may need a root canal.

You may need a root canal if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • Tooth pain that gets worse if you consume hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Tooth pain that gets worse after a filling or crown is placed
  • Tooth pain that radiates into your jaws, ears or face
  • Throbbing, aching pain that doesn’t go away

There are also visible changes you may see in your gums or teeth. You may need a root canal if you notice:

  • A small red or white bump in your gums near the tooth root
  • Bleeding or drainage coming from your gums near the tooth root
  • Teeth can also begin to die with no pain or symptoms. All you may notice is the tooth darkening or graying when you compare it to your other teeth.

If you have tooth pain, your dentist may only need to remove decay and place a filling. That’s a great solution if the decay has only penetrated the top layers of your tooth, the enamel  and  dentin. If the decay has penetrated to the innermost layer of tooth structure, an area known as the pulp, your tooth needs a root canal to relieve pain and allow you to keep your tooth.

The way to find out for sure if you need a root canal is to visit your dentist. By taking state-of-the-art digital x-rays and performing temperature and vitality testing, your dentist will know for sure if a root canal is the right choice to make.

Root canal therapy is the state-of-the-art way to eliminate tooth pain without removing the tooth. For more information about root canal treatment and other restorative and cosmetic dental services call Drs. Sean Stannard and David Studt at Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry in Waterford, Michigan today!

By Sean Stannard, DDS
June 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Finding out you need a root canal can be a little unnerving, particularly if you've never experienced one before. Root canals are one of root canalthe few dental procedures that still maintain their painful reputation from many decades ago, when anesthesia was not as widely used as it is today. At Stannard & Studt Dentistry in Waterford, MI, our dentists have performed many root canals during their time in practice. Dr. Sean Stannard and Dr. David Studt are experienced in the latest industry techniques to make any dental procedure comfortable and effective. In this post, you'll learn more about root canals and the reasons they're performed, and why you should put your fears about them to rest.

What are root canals?

Endodontic therapy is the clinical name for root canals and helps explain their function: "endo" means "inside" and "dontic" pertains to the teeth, so root canals are treatments for the inside of the teeth. Each tooth has soft tissues on its insides, and when decay or trauma damages these tissues, they need to be removed to relieve pain and save the tooth from extraction. After the damaged tissue is removed, your Waterford dentist will complete the root canal by reinforcing the tooth with a rubber material on the inside and a crown on the outside.

Why do people consider root canals to be painful?

Most people would agree that while having a cavity filled isn't necessarily fun, it's not painful or traumatizing. Your Waterford dentist wants to let patients know that a root canal is essentially a larger cavity filling; it typically takes more time and has a few more steps, but the process is the same. The area around the tooth is thoroughly numbed before the procedure begins. In fact, people who have pain associated with the damaged inner tissues are usually in pain before their root canal and feel complete relief afterward. While many dental procedures were painful before anesthesia was routinely used, we use the latest technology at Stannard & Studt to make sure that discomfort is minimal at best.

To learn more about root canals, or to schedule your appointment with either Dr. Stannard or Dr. Studt, contact our office in Waterford, MI today!

By Sean Stannard, DDS
April 09, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Root Canal  

One of the most effective techniques for saving decayed or injured teeth is the root canal treatment. Yet when many people hear they need it, they become nervous at the prospect.

Much of this stems from a common misunderstanding that undergoing a root canal is painful. It’s not — today’s anesthetics are quite effective in numbing pain during a procedure, and mild pain relievers like ibuprofen are usually sufficient to manage any discomfort afterwards.

In fact, a root canal treatment relieves pain caused by decay within a tooth. As decay progresses, it can enter the interior known as the pulp, which contains bundles of nerves and blood vessels. It attacks these nerves causing pain and infection. If the infection progresses through passageways known as root canals that are in the roots of the tooth, the pain can intensify. More important, the tooth is in danger of loss as the root and connective tissues that hold the tooth in place are injured from the spreading infection.

During a root canal treatment, we access the pulp by drilling a small access hole, usually in the biting surface or in the rear of a front tooth. Once we enter the pulp chamber we remove all the contaminated tissue. Once thoroughly cleansed, we fill the empty chamber and canals with a special filling (usually gutta percha) to prevent future infection. The access hole is then sealed and at a subsequent visit we strongly recommend placing a permanent crown to provide further protection from damage to the tooth.

Root canal treatments are quite common. All general dentists have been trained in endodontic treatment and can perform most types of procedures. More difficult cases (like a complex root canal network that may be hard to access) may require the services of an endodontist, a specialist in root canals. Endodontists use advanced techniques and specialized microscopic equipment to treat complicated situations.

It’s actually good news if we recommend you undergo a root canal treatment — it means your tooth has a good chance of survival once it’s disinfected and the decay is removed. But don’t delay: the sooner we can treat your tooth, the better your chances of a healthy outcome.

If you would like more information on root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Common Concerns about Root Canal Treatment.”

By Sean Stannard, DDS
October 06, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

A root canal- the stereotypical bogeyman of painful dental procedures. Actually, despite the cliché, root canals aren’t usually any worse than filling a typical cavity- and the pain of needing a root canal is often much worse than actually having it done. A root canal isRoot Canal definitive treatment for an infection in the interior, soft, sensitive “pulp” tissue of a tooth. Getting the proper treatment for this condition can prevent serious complications from advancement of the infection, including deep abscesses or the need for advanced tooth replacement interventions.

What Actually Happens During a Root Canal?
A tooth has several layers- the hard, protective enamel on the outside, firm supportive dentin underneath, and the living, soft pulp tissue containing blood supply and nerve cells. The enamel can be damaged, either through trauma - chipping a tooth on food, a sports accident, etc, or by decay leading to a cavity. When this barrier is broken, germs can be introduced to the interior pulp and start an infection. To clean out the infection and repair the damage, a root canal is needed. First, a local anesthetic is given to numb the area. Next, a small hole is made in the tooth to allow access to the pulp. The infected and dead tissue is removed from the pulp chamber and root canals, and the areas are cleaned and disinfected, and refilled with a type of bio-compatible plastic and adhesive to form-fit the tooth. Then, the enamel is filled and repaired, as in a usual filling procedure. Depending on the amount of enamel damage, a crown may be necessary. If the infection was severe enough, antibiotics may be necessary to prevent re-occurrence of infection.

Do I Need a Root Canal?
In the Waterford, Michigan area, the best way to determine if a root canal procedure is necessary to relieve your symptoms is to consult the experts at Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry. If you have severe tooth pain on biting or chewing, gum pain and swelling, unrelenting pressure and pain orally, or pain that lingers after you are done eating, call today at (248) 673-7300.



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