Michigan Endodontist & Endodontic Treatment
If you have a tooth that’s injured or diseased, it’s important to know that the tooth itself can be saved with endodontic treatment. Dental Care of Michigan can connect you to a Michigan Endodontist to discuss root canal treatment, endodontic surgery or retreatment, treatment of any traumatic dental injury or dental implants. Our Michigan Endodontist locations include Canton, Livonia, Warren, Richmond, Shelby, St. Clair Shores, Southfield, Evergreen, Mt. Clemens, Montrose, Hazel Park, Oakland, and Garden City.
What Is An Endodontist?
An Endodontist is a dentist specializing in saving teeth with endodontic treatments. These procedures involve the soft inner tissue of a tooth. On the inside of a tooth, beneath its white enamel and a layer of dentin, is the tooth’s pulp. Within this pulp are nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue that enable the tooth to grow during development.
While most dentists can treat or diagnose problems of the pulp, an Endodontist has an additional 2+ years of specialty education in endodontic procedures like root canals. These types of procedures are intended to salvage or save the tooth. This way a patient can maintain his or her natural smile, continue eating the foods they love, and minimize the need for ongoing dental work or a complete extraction.
Michigan Non-Surgical Root Canal Treatment
While root canals are often likened to torture, advances in endodontic treatments have made the procedure as routine as a filling. A local anesthesia is used to minimize discomfort during the procedure. The procedure itself involves the removal of the damaged pulp. A sheet of latex (non-latex sheets are also available) known as a rubber dam is used around the tooth to keep it isolated, clean, and dry for the surgery.
Root canals are extremely common. Each year, millions of teeth are saved thanks to successful root canal treatment. Depending on the degree of inflammation or infection, most root canal treatments can be completed in as little as one or two appointments. The end result of a root canal is the natural tooth is saved for a more natural appearance, normal biting force, and more efficient chewing. With proper care, a root canal can last a lifetime although this varies based on the state of your overall oral care and teeth.
Root Canal or Endodontic Surgery in Michigan
Endodontic surgery is sometimes recommended if a non-surgical root canal procedure fails to save the tooth. Root canal surgery can be used to treat small fractures or hidden canals not detected during earlier x-rays and treatment. They also allow for the removal of calcium deposits and can be used to treat any inflamed or infected root tissue or surrounding bone. A small filling is used to seal the end of the root canal and sutures or stitches may be used to promote tissue healing. This process is typically comfortable with very minimal post surgery discomfort.
Michigan Root Canal or Endodontic Retreatment
While the success rate of most root canals is 90% or higher, there are unfortunately times where a root canal procedure doesn’t properly heal or becomes infected or painful months, even years, following the procedure. The good news is root canal retreatment grants us a second chance to salvage the tooth. During this procedure, the tooth is reopened and all filling materials used following the first root canal are removed. Any noted infection is then removed by the Endodontist, the canals are cleaned and shaped again, the removed filling materials are replaced with new ones, and a temporary filling is used to seal the opening. A new crown or restoration is later put on the tooth once it heals for protection.
Traumatic Dental Injury Treatment in Michigan
Accidents happen as do sports-related injuries. Our Michigan Endodontists can treat chipped teeth or more severe dental trauma injuries like dislodged or knocked-out teeth. They will also conduct a dental exam to check for additional or previously non-noted injuries.
Michigan Dental Implants
Regrettably, saving your natural tooth isn’t always an option and extraction is sometimes necessary. Anyone that has ever had one or more missing teeth can likely relate to being self-conscious about it. Additionally, problems biting or chewing can manifest and shifting teeth can negatively affect your health in years to come. Replacing these missing extracted teeth with a dental implant is worth a discussion with your endodontist.
Are You Looking for a Michigan Endodontist?
Research has proven time and time again that endodontic treatments have a high success rate. If you’d like to speak with a Michigan Endodontist about saving your natural teeth, please visit http://dentalcaremichigan.com/all-locations/ to find a location near you. We look forward to helping you.