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March 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Do you know what really happens during a root canal? Despite the jokes about root canals, this tooth-saving procedure isn't a painful root Canalordeal. Your St. Clair Shores, MI, dentist, Dr. Sam Malouf, offers root canals and other services and procedures that help you maintain good dental health at Malouf Family Dentistry.

Why are roots canals needed?

Root canals are recommended if you have an inflammation or infection in your tooth's pulp. The pulp consists of tissues, nerves and blood vessels in the center of the tooth. Signs of inflammation or infection may include:

  • Tooth Pain: Intermittent or constant pain in a tooth can be a warning sign. Pain may increase when you chew or press on the tooth. Does your tooth ache or throb after eating certain foods? Eating or drinking hot, cold or sugary foods and beverages can irritate your tooth and worsen pain.
  • Discoloration: Changing tooth color is never a good sign and should always be investigated.
  • Red Gum: The gum surrounding the tooth may become red and swollen.
  • Abscess Symptoms: Abscesses can cause severe pain that radiates to your jaw and ear, fever, swollen lymph nodes, pus or a bump on your gum, and facial swelling. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your St. Clair Shores dentist immediately.

Root canals may also be needed if the tooth is damaged, or loosened by a blow to the face.

How are root canals performed?

Before your root canal begins, you'll be given a local anesthetic to ensure that the procedure is pain-free. Your dentist will remove the infected pulp. After the pulp is removed, he'll clean the interior of the tooth and use tiny files to shape the root canals that extend from the top of the tooth into the roots.

You'll probably go home with temporary filling in order to allow time for the tooth to heal. In a week or two, you'll return to the office and receive the permanent filling. Gutta percha, a durable material made from the sap of gum trees, is often used to fill teeth after root canal procedures. Your dentist may also recommend covering the tooth with a dental crown to strengthen and protect it.

Root canals help you keep your smile intact. If you're concerned about a tooth, schedule an appointment with your St. Clair Shores, MI, dentist, Dr. Sam Malouf of Malouf Family Dentistry, by calling (586) 772-9020. Also serving the St. Clair Shores, Grosse Pointe, Harper Woods, Eastpointe, Roseville, Warren, Fraser, Mt. Clemens, Clinton Township, Harrison Township, and neighboring areas.

November 04, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth decay   root canal   tooth pain  

Though often perceived as the opposite, a root canal is a critical dental procedure which can mean the difference between losing a tooth root canaland 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!