What is dental pulp?

The dental pulp is a soft area at the center of a tooth. It consists of the nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissues.

When is root canal treatment needed?

If the pulp becomes damaged, it starts to break down. As a result, bacteria begins to multiply inside the tooth, causing an infection. A root canal treatment removes the infection and restores your tooth’s health.

How do you know if you need a root canal?

If you expereince any of the following signs, you may need a root canal treatment:

  • Severe toothache
  • Pain when biting down on the tooth
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Discoloration of a tooth
  • Swelling or discomfort in the nearby gums
  • A pimple on the gums that won’t go away or that is recurring

Keep in mind that there are not always symptoms present.

What happens during root canal therapy?

Dr. Konopka will make an access hole in the tooth, through which he can remove the infected pulp, bacteria, and debris. Our dentist will then clean out the inside of the tooth and seal it. Typically, we will use a dental filling to close the access hole; however, some instances may require a dental crown to fully support the tooth.

What should I expect after root canal therapy?

Your tooth may feel sensitive for a few days. You can control any discomfort with over-the-counter pain medications. Your discomfort will fade with time.

We welcome you to contact our dental office in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, today if you would like to learn more. You can call us at 586-296-1140. Our team is happy to help, and we can help schedule your next visit with our dentist.