Have you been told that you need root canal therapy? Are you unsure of what happens during a root canal procedure? Our team at Comfort Dental Spa answers common questions about root canals below. Dr. Aziza Askari provides gentle root canal therapy to patients throughout the Farmington Hills area.
What is a root canal?
The term “root canal” actually refers to a natural cavity inside the tooth that houses living tissues. Root canals contain nerve endings, pulp chambers, and cellular material. A root canal, if protected by a healthy tooth, is safe from bacteria and debris. However, when a tooth is severely damaged from decay or traumatic injury, the root canal is susceptible to infection.
What are the symptoms of an infected root canal?
The most common symptom of root canal infection is a severe toothache. Some patients may also experience sensitivity to hot or cold beverages and foods. Sometimes a tooth that has darkened or an abscess indicates the need for root canal therapy. In some cases, patients with an infected root canal experience no symptoms.
Why do patients need root canal therapy?
An infected root canal threatens the life of the tooth. A root canal procedure extracts infected pulp and nerve endings. By extracting decayed and diseased tissue, Dr. Askari can save your teeth from extraction. After thoroughly cleaning the inside of your tooth, the root canal will be filled with a manmade substance and sealed.
Is root canal therapy painful?
When performing root canal procedures, Dr. Askari works gently with patients and uses local anesthesia to relieve discomfort. Many patients report that their root canal therapy at Comfort Dental Spa was no more uncomfortable than a simple filling. We also utilize sedation dentistry to keep fearful patients comfortable and relaxed throughout their procedures.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Askari, contact Comfort Dental Spa at (248) 474-6434. We serve patients from Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Livonia, Northfield, and the surrounding communities near Detroit.