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By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
August 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Root canal therapy is nothing to fear. In fact, comfortably performed by your Livonia family dentist serving Redford, MI, Dr. Laurie Mulka, this restorative treatment heals and strengthens a failing tooth. You can reassure your loved one that a root canal won't hurt, but rather, it will help.

The root canal treatment

Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic therapy, removes diseased interior pulp from the narrow passageways inside each tooth root. When invaded by bacteria due to injury, abscess, or decay, the pulp becomes inflamed and infected, causing many distressing symptoms.

Fortunately, your Livonia and Redford family dentist performs root canal therapy on anterior (front), premolars, and molars. A visual inspection, review of symptoms, and X-rays tell her if a root canal is the proper treatment.

If it is, Dr. Mulka uses locally injected anesthetic to numb the tooth. Then, she creates a tiny hole in the first of up to four canals.

Employing thin metal files, Dr. Mulka extracts the pulp and smooths the canal walls. She adds antiseptic medication and a sealant called gutta percha. This elastic material strengthens the root canal. After treating each chamber, the dentist adds a temporary filling or crown to the tooth.

After a week to ten days, the patient returns to the office for removal of the temporary restoration. Dr. Mulka places a customized porcelain crown over the tooth to normalize its appearance, stability and ability to bite and chew.

Life after root canal treatment

Most root canal treatments are highly successful, says the American Association of Endodontists. Patients avoid needless extractions. Plus, restored teeth last just about as long as their untreated counterparts. Patients simply employ their usual good brushing and flossing techniques and see Dr. Mulka every six months for a check-up and professional cleaning.

Signs you or a loved one may need a root canal

Sometimes a failing tooth exhibits no symptoms whatsoever. Other times, though, these signs are evident:

  • Throbbing toothache
  • Jaw or gum swelling
  • Headache
  • Temperature sensitivity, especially to hot foods and beverages
  • Reddened, puffy gums
  • An obvious crack or large chip
  • Discolored tooth enamel
  • Pressure sensitivity

Learn more

At Mulka Dental, you'll experience outstanding expertise and a caring attitude. If you believe you or a family member require intervention with root canal therapy, please contact your family dentist in Livonia, MI, and serving Redford, MI, at (248) 482-7020.