Nobody looks forward to hearing a dentist say, “you need a root canal.” Fortunately, these days there is little to fear.
Whether it’s caused by tooth decay, an unexpected injury, or a dental emergency, when tooth pain comes up, it’s important to address it as soon as possible. By taking immediate steps, you’ll feel better and likely save your tooth. And that means making an appointment with your dentist as soon as you can.
After examining you the dentist may say, “you need a root canal.” For some people, those words trigger an “Oh, no” reaction accompanied by a large dose of anxiety and fear. That’s unfortunate, because the idea that root canal treatments are a painful and long process is inaccurate, based on myths that are now long outdated.
Good News, Better News
In fact, your dentist’s diagnosis should be welcomed because a root canal treatment can correct a gum or root problem that if left untreated could cause loss of teeth.
The good news is that modern dental techniques along with significant advances in instrument technology have minimized or completely eliminated the discomfort associated with a root canal procedure: Modern treatments are pain-free and generally require only one or two appointments.
The better news is that your dentist will refer to you a qualified endodontist—a dentist specializing in root canal treatments and dedicated to providing the care that can save your teeth. Endodontists undergo two or more years of training beyond dental school. The additional training focuses on diagnosing causes of tooth pain and performing the appropriate treatments relating to the interior of the tooth that will alleviate the pain and correct the condition. In many cases, a diseased tooth can be saved with endodontic treatment. For this reason, endodontists, including all of us at Professional Endodontics, consider ourselves to be specialists in saving teeth.
Here’s what to expect
Root canal treatment need not be a daunting procedure. With the advent of new instruments and methods combined with more effective anesthetics, the entire process has become quick and painless. If your dentist refers you to Professional Endodontics, rest assured you’ll find yourself in an environment committed to your comfort and safety. Our staff uses the latest technology in cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) that provides accurate images of individual root canals, the most efficient and flexible canal shaping instruments, and the most effective filling and sealing materials to complete treatment. These tools help our staff to properly diagnose and map out a patients root canal, thoroughly disinfect and prepare the canal for treatment, and successfully fill and seal the canal when treatment is completed. Keep in mind that there is no equivalent replacement for the natural tooth, so when a tooth can be saved, it is in your best interest to consult an endodontist and save that tooth
Don’t wait. Professional Endodontics can help.
You can’t predict if or when you’ll need to see an endodontist, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared and know who to call just in case. We can collaborate with your dentist to provide a comprehensive treatment plan that is in your best interest and provides the highest level of care. To learn more about Professional Endodontists and our services, please contact us or visit our website. We can help.
About Professional Endodontics
Professional Endodontics has been exceeding the standard of care in Wayne and Macomb counties for over 50 years. The team specializes in treating issues with the inside of the tooth and goes out of its way to provide a safe easy environment for patients. Each member of the practice is dedicated to providing excellence in patient care and values high-quality relationships with referring dentists and specialists. Each endodontist at Professional Endodontics has been individually chosen as Hour Detroit Magazine’s Best Dentists. Thanks to contemporary advances in endodontics, Professional Endodontics is able to use innovative technology to treat and save teeth that have suffered damage to the soft tissue within the roots of the tooth.
Professional Endodontics offers state-of-the-art facilities in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, and Southfield. All locations offer the latest in advanced dental delivery systems, microscopy, and digital radiography.
29201 Telegraph Road
Southfield, MI 48034
Henry Ford Hospital Medical Pavilion
16151 19 Mile Rd, Suite 101
Clinton Township, MI 48038
St. Clair Shores
St. Clair Professional Plaza
23829 Little Mack, Suite 300
St. Clair Shores, MI 48080