What is dental pulp?

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

When is root canal treatment needed?

If the pulp becomes damaged, it breaks down and bacteria begins to multiply inside the tooth. This causes an infection that needs to be removed with root canal treatment.

What are the signs that a root canal is needed?

The following are signs that root canal treatment may be needed:

  • 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 the infected pulp, bacteria, and debris are removed. The inside of the tooth is then cleaned and sealed. A dental filling is placed to close the access hole. Sometimes, a dental crown will be needed to support the tooth.

What should I expect after root canal therapy?

Your tooth may feel sensitive for a few days. Any discomfort can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medications. This will fade with time.

We welcome you to contact our dental office in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, today at 586-296-1140 to learn more and to schedule your next visit with our dentist.