Many people don’t even realize that there is a specialized branch of dentistry related to root canals, but there is, and it’s called Endodontics. The word “Endodontic” comes from Greek, and translates roughly as “inside the tooth”. This is exactly where our root canal specialist in Michigan, dentist Dr. Matthew Ward, works when we do root canals for our patients!
What Is a Root Canal?
In most cases, when you have pain in your teeth, it’s due to a cavity that is exposing a small amount of the soft inside material of the teeth to air, bacteria and other things it’s not meant to be exposed to.
In some cases, however, tooth decay goes deep enough and lasts long enough that the soft interior of our teeth, known as pulp, becomes infected and inflamed. This inflammation can lead to nerve pain, swelling, dental abscesses and other complications. Unfortunately, because of the location of the pulp, it’s not possible to treat the infection once it has reached this stage, and a root canal is the answer.
During a root canal, you will be given local anesthesia to numb your tooth. Our root canal specialist in Michigan, Dr. Ward, will then drill through the crown of the tooth, until we reach the space inside the tooth, the pulp. He will then clean the void inside the tooth, removing the pulp completely, and carefully cleaning the inside of the tooth.
Once the pulp is removed and the tooth is totally cleaned inside, your dentist will place a special material known as gutta percha inside the tooth, and close up the top of the crown with a temporary filling. This temporary filling will usually be replaced by a permanent crown during a second appointment, and then you will have a completely pain free, permanent solution to your tooth pain.
When is a Root Canal Recommended?
If you are seeking a root canal specialist in Michigan, Dr. Matthew Ward is the right person to advise you if a root canal is recommended, and he will do so by taking x-rays of your tooth and conducting a visual examination of the tooth. If a root canal is advocated, there’s no need to worry. You will receive local anesthesia that numbs the area completely, so you won’t feel anything while your dentist is at work.
A root canal will only be suggested if there is too much damage to the tooth, and it cannot be properly restored using traditional fillings.
What Is the Recovery from Root Canal Like?
You will be booked for a follow-up appointment after the root canal has been performed, to fit a permanent cap or crown to your tooth. If you do still experience any pain after a root canal, it is very important that you let dentist Dr. Ward know during that visit.
In some rare cases, the infection from a root canal can go so deep, creating infections or abscesses below the tooth. If this has happened in your case, Dr. Ward may need to perform an additional treatment plan or refer you to a specialist for surgery.
These are very much the exception to the norm, however, and most of our patients go on to have a complete pain free recovery, with full use of their restored tooth.
For more information on Endodontics or to schedule a consultation with our root canal specialist in Michigan, dentist Dr. Matthew Ward, please contact us at 989-686-0055.today.