How Root Canal Treatment Can Save Your Smile
By Sarkisian Dental
September 10, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
A root canal could protect and preserve your natural smile. Here’s how…

Nothing feels, functions or looks as good as having your own natural set of teeth. Our goal is to make sure that patients get the preventive dental care they need to protect against cavities, gum disease and other issues that could affect the health of their smile. If you’ve been told that you have an infected dental pulp then a root canal will be exactly what you need to preserve the tooth.

What is a root canal?

This endodontic procedure is designed to save a tooth that has a diseased, irritated or dead dental pulp. The pulp lies inside the tooth and can become damaged due to a deep cavity or a crack in the tooth, which allows bacteria to get inside. The bacteria can then lead to an infection, resulting in a diseased or dying pulp.

A root canal not only protects the tooth but also prevents the need for a tooth extraction. Dr. Edward Sarkisian will try to preserve your natural teeth rather than remove them, whenever possible. Only if the tooth is no longer viable will it need to be extracted; however, coming in right away when you notice pain or other problems can ensure that you get the immediate treatment you need to preserve the tooth.

What are the signs and symptoms of a diseased or damaged dental pulp?

While not everyone will experience symptoms, these are some of the telltale signs that the dental pulp of your tooth has been damaged and requires root canal therapy:
  • A severe and persistent toothache
  • Lingering tooth sensitivity
  • Sudden darkening of the tooth (a sign of dying tissue inside the canals)
  • Swollen, tender and red gums around the tooth
  • A pus-filled bump (an abscess) that develops on the gums near the affected tooth
These are not symptoms to ignore; this is considered a dental emergency so the sooner you turn to a dentist for care the better. A simple root canal procedure could save you a lot of time and money in the long run, plus you get to keep your beautiful natural teeth.

If you are looking for a dentist that you can turn to for routine checkups, emergency dentistry, and everything in between, then call Dr. Edward Sarkisian at his Dearborn office at (313) 277-8900 to schedule an appointment.