Root Canal Therapy in Rochester Hills, MI
Root canal therapy is among the most feared services within dentistry. Fortunately, our team at Hillstream Dental works hard to make restorative treatments as painless and comfortable as possible. Whether you believe you have a tooth infection or you know you need a root canal treatment, we are here to help! Give your nearest office a call today and our staff will get a convenient appointment scheduled for you.Schedule an Appointment
When is it necessary to receive a root canal treatment?
Root canals must be performed when the pulp inside of a tooth has become infected. A small hole is created in the crown of the tooth, and the infected pulp is completely removed. Once this is done, the tooth is then cleaned and sealed to prevent another infection from occurring, and a restoration, usually a dental crown, must be created and placed to protect the tooth and restore its appearance. The only alternative to root canal therapy is a dental extraction, which is far more invasive and not ideal if a root canal can be scheduled instead.
How do I know if I have an infected root canal?
Tooth infections can be very painful, but they can also have very few or virtually no noticeable symptoms. The best thing to do if you believe you need a root canal is to schedule an appointment with our team so we can assess the situation. Common root canal symptoms include:
- Moderate to Severe Tooth Pain
- Heightened Tooth Sensitivity
- Darkening or Change in Tooth Color
- Gum Swelling and Tenderness
- Bump on the Gums
Is a root canal procedure painful?
Root canals have a bad reputation for being incredibly painful. This is because root canal therapy was quite painful in the past, but thanks to modern medicine and advancements in dentistry, root canal treatments are nothing to be scared of. Each root canal treatment begins with a local anesthetic being administered to completely numb the gums and the affected tooth. If you experience any soreness or discomfort after the numbness wears off, it shouldn’t be anything that over-the-counter pain medication can’t relieve.
If you are anxious about your procedure, Hillstream Dental also offers three excellent sedation options to make your root canal treatment feel more calm and relaxed.