Do you have a cavity you’ve been ignoring? Unfortunately, denying the presence of tooth decay can be a guaranteed trip on the root canal express. Root canals are the passageways leading from the dentin of your teeth into the pulp beneath. However, many people refer to the procedure that cleans up infection in the roots as a “root canal.” Root canal procedures are common, and not much different than a basic filling. If you have questions about what to expect regarding a root canal procedure, Dr. Aziza Askari, your Farmington Hills dentist, will answer the most frequently asked questions.
Root Canal FAQs
Q. How many roots does each tooth have?
A. Roots branch down from the crowns of teeth, but each person and tooth is different. Individual teeth have between one and four roots located in the pulp. Tooth pulp is comprised of blood vessels, nerves and other tissues.
Q. Can roots themselves become infected?
A. Yes. If your roots are exposed to bacteria because of poor dental health, the infection can spread quickly and possibly result in an abscessed tooth. If you ignore this issue and don’t undergo root canal therapy, you could end up losing the tooth.
Q. What is the name of a root canal specialist?
A. An endodontist is a dentist that has undergone additional education and training to be well-versed in root canal procedures. In essence, root canal treatment stops infection and restores full function to decaying teeth and roots.
Q. Can you describe a root canal procedure?
A. Your Farmington Hills dentist will start by opening the tooth and extracting the diseased tissue. The infected area is cleaned and disinfected and then the roots, themselves, are reshaped. A temporary filling or crown is fitted over the area where the diseased tissues have been removed. This protects the pulp area during the time that you await your next appointment where what remains of your tooth will be affixed with a permanent dental crown.
Farmington Hills Dentist Offers Root Canal Therapy
If you are interested in consulting with your Farmington Hills dentist regarding a root canal procedure, contact the Comfort Dental Spa team by calling our 48335 dentist office at (248) 474-6434. We are happy to serve patients in Farmington Hills, MI, and surrounding neighborhoods.