Though often perceived as the opposite, a root canal is a critical dental procedure which can mean the difference between losing a tooth and preserving its structure. But what really happens during a root canal? Find out with Dr. Sam Malouf at Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores, MI.
When is a root canal necessary?
A root canal removes decayed or infected tissue from your tooth’s inner chamber and roots. As the decay eats through your tooth, it creates a hole, called a cavity. Dentists treat most small cavities with a dental filling. If the decay reaches the tooth’s inner pulp chamber, it causes a toothache. At this point, the decay requires a root canal since a simple filling will not remove the tooth’s inner contents.
What really happens during a root canal?
First, Dr. Malouf numbs the area of your infected tooth to ensure that you feel no pain or discomfort during your procedure. Then, he creates a small hole in the top, or crown, of your tooth. This hole serves as an entrance for the specialized instruments used during the procedure. Dr. Malouf removes any infected tissue within your tooth’s pulp chamber and removes the tooth’s nerves. He then scrubs the inside of the tooth and its roots to completely remove any infection which may still remain. Dr. Malouf then fills and seals the tooth to prevent further infection.
Crowns and Root Canal Therapy in St. Clair Shores, MI
Teeth which have undergone a root canal often require a dental crown to cap off the tooth to help stabilize and protect it. A crown requires Dr. Malouf to prepare the tooth, then take an impression of your mouth to send to the dental laboratory. The lab uses the impression to design and create your crown, and once the lab has finished it the crown is placed during a second dental appointment.
For more information on root canals, please contact Dr. Malouf at Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores, MI. Call (586) 772-9020 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Malouf today!