Do you have pain when you bite down? How does your tooth look? It may be time to ask your Sterling Heights, MI, dentists, Dr. Rana Hanna and Dr. Saif Hanna, about root canal therapy. This tried and true restorative treatment breathes new life into failing teeth, and the process is much easier than you may think.
What is root canal therapy?
A root canal, also called endodontic therapy, extracts damaged and inflamed tooth pulp, disinfects the slender canals in each root and seals and strengthens the tooth with rubbery gutta-percha. Drs. Rana and Saif Hanna in Sterling Heights, MI, usually restore the treated tooth with a lifelike porcelain crown to support it.
This two-visit treatment relieves pain and pressure and also spares the tooth from further damage and needless extraction. In fact, teeth restored in this way typically last just as long as other natural teeth and dental implants, too, says the American Association of Endodontists.
Typically, patients fear pain associated with root canal therapy. Fortunately, pain is not an issue because Dr. Hanna uses local anesthetic to numb the area, or as needed, she may use sedating medications to relax the patient. People return to normal diets and activities quickly after their treatments.
Signs you need a root canal
The American Association of Endodontists says most individuals who need root canals notice dental sensitivity to heat, cold, pressure and sugar before restoration of their teeth. Also, they may exhibit:
- Throbbing toothache pain
- Jaw and/or gum swelling
- Enamel discoloration
- Pimples or sores on the surrounding gum tissue
- Bad breath
- Drainage from the area around the tooth (and a resulting bad taste in the mouth)
- Tender, dark gums
- Multiple, deteriorating fillings
Visual inspection and digital X-rays reveal the need for root canal therapy.
Caring for your renewed tooth
When the root canal is completed, follow these steps to maintain the health of your smile:
- Brush and floss daily to keep the site free of harmful plaque and hard tartar.
- See our dentist twice a year for an examination and hygienic cleaning.
- Avoid hard foods which could damage the crown.
- Wear a bite guard if you grind your teeth.
- Call our office with any problems.
Don't wait to see your doctor
Be sure to get your six-month cleanings and check-ups faithfully. They help prevent tooth damage and expensive restorations. Plus, they detect problems early on. If you do develop dental symptoms, be sure to contact Drs. Rana and Saif Hanna in Sterling Heights, MI, right away for an appointment. Call (586) 981-0199. We'll take care of you right away!