Try not to panic if you hear that you need a root canal. Though this procedure has quite the reputation of unpleasantness, there are far many more things in life that are far worthier of fear. It’s true that teeth are complex structures requiring the special skills of an endodontist to ensure a properly implemented root canal procedure. However, you can rest assured that the process of treating infection in the roots of your teeth will be very similar to a regular dental filling. Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, has undergone the additional training to qualify her to provide you with top-notch endodontic treatment.
Many people refer to endodontic treatment as simply a “root canal.” This is actually the name of the structure between roots and teeth that can provide a gateway from cavity to dental pulp. Endodontics was created in an effort to save as much natural tooth structure as possible. Beyond cavities, a root canal treatment might be in order if you have chipped teeth, tooth fractures, severe tooth decay, dental injuries, or knocked out teeth. If a tooth is dislodged it can potentially be reattached through root canal therapy. You just need to try and make it to see your Farmington Hills dentist within an hour of your dental injury.
The Basics of Root Canal Therapy
Complete X-rays of your teeth will be the first step when you undergo root canal therapy. Local anesthetic is typically administered to make your mouth comfortable. Dr. Askari uses a protective sheet known as a dental dam. This will ensure that the entire surgical area in your mouth is not overrun with excessive saliva or bacterial exposure.
A hole is made into the dentin of your teeth so that the infected dental pulp tissues can be removed. This creates a space that could leave you open for further bacterial infestation. For that reason, the hole will need to be filled. Biocompatible material (similar to rubber) is put into the hole. The top will be further sealed with dental cement. If the decay is severe enough, you may need a dental crown to encapsulate and strengthen your remaining tooth structure.
Root Canal Therapy from Farmington Hills Dentist
Dr. Askari provides a full range of dentistry services, including root canal procedures. If you would like to schedule an appointment, contact our 48335 dentist office at (248)474-6434. We are happy to provide comprehensive dentistry to patients from Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Detroit, and surrounding neighborhoods.