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How to Know if it’s Time for a Root Canal

Have you heard of a root canal? Though it’s a common dental treatment (tens of millions of root canals are performed annually) some people may not know much about it or even if they are in need of one. Many times, a simple cavity left untreated or even trauma to the mouth and teeth can create the need for a root canal.

A root canal is a vital dental procedure that can potentially save your teeth and surrounding bones. Keep reading to learn more.

Signs you may need a root canal

Signs that you may need a root canal are vast and can include the following:

-Severe tooth pain (especially when eating)

-Tooth sensitivity

-Tooth discoloration

-Swollen gums

-An abscess on the gum leaking fluid

-Aching and throbbing in the mouth

-A bad taste in the mouth that doesn’t cease after brushing and flossing

-Pain that radiates from the mouth to the jaw, head or ears

While it’s true that certainly not every toothache or pain in the mouth requires a root canal, your best bet is to seek dental treatment if you are experiencing an out-of-the-ordinary mouth pain.

How is a root canal performed?

A root canal is performed when the dental nerve is dead or infected. During the treatment, Dr. Milan completely removes the tissue that is destroyed and infected from the inner tooth so that the infection doesn’t spread to the tooth’s surrounding bone (and so your teeth remain intact). After the decay is removed, the tooth is cleaned and sealed to avoid further damage. Some patients may require a crown, as well.

The treatment begins with X-rays and then numbing of the area at hand to keep you comfortable during the root canal. Following your treatment, any pain caused by the nerve should subside.

Root canal Birmingham, Michigan

When considering your oral health, you should ensure you choose an experienced and skilled dentist. Dr. Milan of Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry has proudly been serving metro Detroit for over 20 years.

During his career, he has led the way with some of the most advanced and intricate dental procedures, including cosmetic, restorative, preventative and even rehabilitation of the entire mouth. His approach is one of customization (no two mouths are alike) and compassion. He realizes that not every patient wants to be in the dental chair. As such, he and his staff have worked hard to create a sleek and serene office setting that helps patients relax while receiving the height of care.

If your mouth is sending you signs that something is off, or even if you are due for your dental exam and cleaning, please contact Dr. Milan today for your appointment.

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