Root Canal Therapy in Bay City, MI

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About Root Canal Treatment

Often, when a tooth is showing signs of erosion, it will be treated with a filling or another procedure to stop the decay. However, when the bacteria make it to the middle of the tooth, also referred to as the pulp, root canal treatment is likely required to restore oral health and prevent extraction. A root canal is a specialized service provided at Robert M. Taylor III, DDS, to remove infected pulp tissue and close off the vulnerable tooth to enhance dental health. Using gentle techniques and sedation options to maximize your comfort, Dr. Robert M. Taylor III provides root canal treatments to save infected teeth from having to be extracted. If you're suffering from a severely decayed or abscessed tooth, we urge you to contact our Bay City, MI dental office as soon as you can to see if it can be restored back to health with root canal treatment.

What Are the Benefits of Root Canal Therapy?

Root Canal Therapy can provide numerous advantages to Bay City, MI individuals who may be experiencing discomfort from an infected tooth, such as:

  • Relieves pain by removing the infected pulp
  • Preserves your natural tooth's integrity
  • Restores oral health and prevents further infection
  • Improved chewing and speaking become more comfortable
  • Your smile's appearance is enhanced with a seamless restoration

Am I A Candidate for Root Canal Therapy?

Abscessed inner pulp could be caused by severe cavities, a major chip, or an injury. Dr. Taylor will take a digital scan and conduct a dental evaluation to decide if a root canal or a different option is needed to soothe tooth pain and recover your oral wellness.

Common symptoms that could signal the need for a root canal consist of shooting or dull dental aches, other continual dental pain, pain while chewing, and sensitivity to elevated or cool temperatures. You could also see puffiness concentrated on the lower face or gums, an obvious lump on the gum tissues, or discoloration of a tooth after a trauma.

What Is the Root Canal Process?

Root canals at Robert M. Taylor III, DDS are performed with local anesthesia, which we may couple with further sedation services to keep you relaxed and comfortable during your procedure. After the area around your tooth has been numbed, a screen will be placed to protect the rest of your mouth, and the abscessed tooth will be exposed through a tiny hole created in the upper part of the enamel. The pulp (the innermost part of the tooth that houses blood vessels and nerves) will be cleaned out, and the region will be reshaped with special instruments prior to being thoroughly sanitized. Dr. Taylor will then seal the restored tooth with a temporary solution (or a permanent crown if one is ready) so it can begin to heal.

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What Should I Expect Following My Root Canal?

All of the dental pain you were dealing with before your endodontic treatment should begin to ebb away when the root canal is over. Over-the-counter pain relievers can also be utilized to minimize any aches or puffiness that develops after your session. Dr. Taylor will schedule a checkup consultation 2 – 4 weeks after so that he can assess your healing. Teeth treated with endodontic therapy are at a greater risk of deterioration and usually need the defense of a dental crown when they're totally recovered. A ceramic crown can then be crafted to return the function and natural look to the tooth.

Preserve the Health of Your Smile

Whether it's broken or abscessed, an infected tooth can present a significant threat to your oral (and overall) health if it goes untreated. Luckily, sophisticated treatments like root canal therapy allow our dentists at Robert M. Taylor III, DDS, to save a tooth that may otherwise have to be pulled. Reach out to our facility in Bay City, MI to set up a visit with Dr. Taylor to learn more about our specialized root canal treatment.

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Why might root canal therapy necessary?

Root canal therapy is vital for saving a damaged or infected tooth. When the tissue inside your tooth becomes inflamed or infected, it can cause severe pain and potentially lead to an abscess or more significant dental problems. Dr. Taylor's advanced techniques ensure that the tooth can be preserved, eliminating the need for extraction and helping patients maintain their natural smile.

What can I expect during the root canal procedure?

When you visit Dr. Taylor's office in Bay City, MI for a root canal, you can expect a comfortable and straightforward experience.

  • First, the area around the tooth will be numbed to ensure you're pain-free.
  • Then, Dr. Taylor will remove the infected or damaged pulp from inside the tooth.
  • Once cleaned, the tooth will be sealed and often capped with a crown to provide strength and protection.
How can I take care of my tooth after a root canal?

Post-procedure care is essential to ensure the longevity of your treated tooth. After a root canal, it's crucial to:

  • Avoid chewing on the treated side until it's fully healed to prevent any damage.
  • Maintain regular oral hygiene practices like brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash.
  • Attend any follow-up appointments and regular check-ups to monitor the tooth and ensure everything is healing as expected.
*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.