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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.

By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
July 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Root CanalIt’s important to know the warning signs that you might need immediate dental treatment.

Waking up in the middle of the night is no fun, particularly if it’s because you have a toothache. A toothache is certainly not something to fool around with; the sooner you seek dental care from our Livonia, MI, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Laurie Mulka, the better. Of course, you may be wondering what’s going on to cause you pain and whether or not it warrants a root canal. Let’s find out!

The number one warning sign that something is wrong with your oral health is a toothache. In most cases, the toothache may come about suddenly. The pain may be dull and achy or throbbing and intense. No matter how mild the pain, you need to see our Livonia emergency dentist for treatment as soon as possible. After all, a toothache is considered a dental emergency that requires immediate care to prevent the problem from getting worse.

While a toothache doesn’t necessarily mean that you will need a root canal it’s the number one sign. This is because the outside of the tooth (known as the enamel and dentin layers) does not contain nerves, so it won’t cause pain; however, if decay or an infection has broken through those hard layers and reached the inside of the tooth it will affect the dental pulp, the soft-tissue structure within the tooth that does contain nerves.

Once the pulp is inflamed or infected it will need to be removed during root canal treatment to prevent the bacteria from spreading into the jawbone or neighboring teeth. If you leave the infected tooth untreated it will eventually affect the overall integrity of the tooth and require your dentist to extract it. To prevent tooth loss it’s important that if you require root canal therapy that you get it as soon as possible to avoid complications.

Another warning sign is sudden tooth sensitivity, particularly to hot or cold. If a tooth suddenly hurts whenever you drink that steaming cup of coffee or guzzle that glass of ice water then you might just need a root canal. Of course, your gums surrounding the affected tooth may also protest, causing redness, tenderness, and swelling. In some instances, an abscess may form on the gums. An abscess looks like a pimple and it’s a telltale sign of an infection.

If you are in pain let us help treat the problem and get rid of your discomfort. Why suffer when you don’t have to? Our expert dental team here in Livonia, MI, is here to handle all of your dental needs and concerns, whether routine or urgent. Call Mulka Dental today.

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!