Do I Need a Root Canal?

By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
February 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Have you been experiencing a toothache for awhile? Does your tooth hurt when you bite down? If you're finding that time and pain root canalrelievers aren't making a difference, you may need a root canal. The good news is that root canals aren't the painful, scary procedure that some people believe them to be; in fact, they're designed to stop pain! Your family dentist in Redford, MI, Dr. Laurie Mulka, explains here the reasons why you might need a root canal and how the procedure works.

What is a root canal?

Teeth are not completely solid; under the protective layer of enamel on the outside is a network of tissues, blood vessels and nerves. If these delicate structures are exposed to decay or trauma, they are at risk for infection. When this happens, your Redford family dentist typically performs a root canal, which is also called endodontic therapy, to remove the damaged areas inside the tooth and replace them with a flexible but strong rubber material. A porcelain crown is later placed on top of the tooth to reinforce the outside.

Why do I need a root canal?

Root canals are performed for a variety of reasons. Normally, cavities on the teeth can be filled with metal or porcelain. However, if this decay is allowed to progress, it can reach the inner areas of the tooth and cause a severe and painful infection. In this way, a root canal from your Redford family dentist can be thought of as an extensive cavity filling. If a chip or crack is deeper than the enamel, a root canal may also be necessary to repair the damage from the inside out. Previous dental work that is old or damaged can also necessitate a root canal to save the tooth from extraction.

Whatever your reason for a root canal, know that you're in good hands at Dr. Mulka's family dental office in Redford, MI. Contact our office for an appointment today!