If detected early on, tooth decay is addressed with a standard filling or something similar to remove the decay and close off the area. But when the decay spreads beyond the outer tooth and affects the inner portion of the tooth, a root canal is typically necessary. Often called an endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at Signature Dentistry of Rochester removes the damaged pulp from the tooth, sanitizes the cavity, and then fills or seals the affected tooth. Board-certified dentist Dr. Matthew Wolfe may recommend a root canal procedure to Rochester Hills, MI individuals because it will treat the infection that has developed inside of the tooth chamber and keeps the decay from moving on to other teeth.
Though root canals are a common dental treatment, patients often avoid going to the dentist to address tooth pain because of the fear associated with certain procedures despite the benefits they could reap from the treatment. Dr. Wolfe and his staff make their best effort to help you feel at ease and comfortable during your appointments, providing a number of sedation options to treat any fear and anxiety you may have. Call Signature Dentistry of Rochester to set up a consultation with Dr. Wolfe for more information on root canals and sedation dentistry.
An infection that reaches the pulp of your tooth can be the result of a cavity, a deep crack in the tooth, or a physical injury. The most obvious signs of a tooth infection are tooth pain, jaw pain, swollen and discolored gums, and discoloration of the affected tooth. If the infection is not addressed, the infection will spread, causing an increase in pain and the potential for the infection to spread. Set up an appointment at Signature Dentistry of Rochester right away if you feel or notice any changes in your mouth. If you have anxieties and fears about going to the dentist, don't hesitate to ask us about sedation dentistry to help you remain calm and at ease during your dental appointments.
What To Expect
Prior to the treatment, your anesthetic/sedation options will be discussed with Dr. Wolfe. We do not want you to feel fearful or anxious during your appointment. Some individuals ask for nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral-conscious sedation for a root canal. Dr. Wolfe is very sympathetic about dental fear and will try to help you make the necessary decision about your sedation needs.
To perform an endodontic procedure, Dr. Wolfe will examine the innermost part of your tooth and extract the decayed pulp. Afterward, the inner chamber will be carefully cleaned to eliminate leftover decay. To finalize the therapy, the tooth is filled with a dental filler to seal and protect it from saliva, debris, and further decay.
Based upon the chosen method of sedation, you may need to have an adult drive you home following your root canal. You should expect your mouth to feel tender or swollen in the days following your procedure, but these are normal symptoms and can be reduced with anti-inflammatory medications. We recommend that you set up a follow-up about six months post-procedure. Dr. Wolfe will examine the area to make sure the infection has been eradicated and that there is no cause for concern. Afterward, you should continue to schedule yearly dental check-ups and twice-yearly dental cleanings to maintain your oral health.
At your consultation, Dr. Wolfe will give you cost estimates to align your treatments with your health needs and budget. If you currently carry dental insurance, we will call your supplier to figure out your benefits. If you do not have dental insurance, Signature Dentistry of Rochester takes several payment methods and may be able to assist you in locating medical financing options.
Root Canal Therapy
Due to advancements in the dental industry, root canals can be a quick, simple procedure to treat and correct an infected tooth. With several options for sedation readily available, your root canal at Signature Dentistry of Rochester can be free from discomfort and will allow you to avoid further tooth pain and more serious complications later down the line. Contact our staff in Rochester Hills, MI to set up a consultation with board-certified dentist Dr. Wolfe to learn more about root canal therapy and to improve your overall dental health.