A dental infection can cause significant discomfort and irreparable dental damage if left untreated. In order to save your tooth and protect your overall oral health, Dr. Keith Kelley can perform effective, efficient root canal therapy. At our practice in Troy, MI, we strive to ensure patient comfort, which is why we offer oral sedatives before root canal treatment. In addition, Dr. Kelley can use state-of-the-art Waterlase® laser technology to increase precision, reducing the impact on healthy tissue and prolonging your oral health.
Root canal therapy is used to address dental infection, which develops when bacteria penetrate the central chamber of your tooth. This area contains soft pulp, as well as nerve endings and blood vessels. If the pulp becomes infected or inflamed, it can cause either localized discomfort or radiating pain. Most often, pain will be more severe when you are chewing or your tooth is exposed to temperature changes. Other indications of an infected tooth may include:
While some patients may experience signs of a dental infection, others do not present with any symptoms. As such, it is important to schedule regular checkups to ensure your teeth are strong and healthy.
During your consultation, Dr. Kelley can take digital x-rays to provide a definitive diagnosis and determine the extent of decay. Prior to your procedure, our team can numb your tooth to ensure your comfort. If you experience dental anxiety, we can also provide oral sedation.
For the right candidates, Dr. Kelley can use advanced CEREC technology to design and fabricate a remarkably realistic crown in just one office visit.
Once you are ready, Dr. Kelley can create a small opening on the surface of your tooth to access the inner chamber. He can then remove the infected pulp and disinfect the root canals. Next, he can reshape the canals, before filling them with a soft material called gutta percha. This rubber-like filling will seal your tooth to help prevent future reinfection.
Often, Dr. Kelley can restore your tooth with a dental crown. To ensure your restoration fits comfortably in your smile, he can reshape the tooth structure and then take digital impressions. For the right candidates, Dr. Kelley can use advanced CEREC technology to design and fabricate a remarkably realistic crown in just one office visit. He can then secure your custom crown in place, repairing the structure of your smile.
When infection progresses, it can destroy the remaining sections of your tooth, forcing you to undergo extraction. Furthermore, the infection can spread to other areas of your smile, compromising additional teeth. In severe cases, dental infection could enter your blood stream, leading to life-threatening conditions. Root canal therapy not only improves your oral health but can protect your overall wellbeing.
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