If detected early on, tooth decay can be treated with a dental filling or a similar procedure to clean the enamel and seal the area. However, if the decay spreads past the enamel and infects the inner pulp of the tooth, you will likely require a root canal. Often called an endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at Great Lakes Bay Dental removes the damaged pulp from the tooth, sanitizes the cavity, and then uses a filling material to seal the tooth. Experienced dentist Dr. Daniel Clement recommends a root canal to Midland, MI individuals because it not only treats the infected tooth, but it also prevents the decay from moving to other teeth, which in time, could create larger issues.
If you believe that you need to have a root canal, we understand having reservations about the procedure. A root canal is a very popular dental procedure, yet many people avoid going to see a dentist for a toothache because of common dental fears. Dr. Clement and his team make their best effort to help you feel at ease and relaxed naturally, but we also offer a number of sedation options for those who experience any significant anxiety. Contact Great Lakes Bay Dental to set up a consultation with Dr. Clement to learn more about root canal therapy and our numerous sedation methods.
An infection in the pulp of a tooth may be caused by a cavity, a deep crack in the tooth, or a physical trauma. The most obvious signs that you could have an infection are tooth or jaw pain, swelling or discoloration of the gums around the tooth, and changes in the color of the tooth. If the infection is not addressed, it will spread, causing increased pain. Schedule an appointment at Great Lakes Bay Dental right away if you feel or notice something abnormal in your mouth. If you have fears or anxieties about visiting the dentist, please ask us about sedation options to help keep you calm and comfortable during your dental appointment.
What To Expect
Before the procedure, you will discuss your sedation and/or anesthetic options with Dr. Clement. We want you to feel at ease and relaxed while you are at our office. Some patients ask for nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) or oral-conscious sedation for a root canal. Dr. Clement is very sympathetic about dental anxiety, and he will help you make the necessary decision about your sedation needs.
During an endodontic procedure, Dr. Clement will assess the inner chamber of your tooth and extract the decayed pulp. Afterward, the inside of the empty chamber will be carefully sterilized to remove any lingering debris. To finalize the therapy, the tooth will be filled with a special material to seal and protect it. Dr. Clement completes nearly all of his patients' root canal procedures himself, eliminating the need for a referral to an endodontist at any point in the process.
Depending on the type of sedation that was used, you may need to have a responsible adult take you home after your root canal. Your mouth may feel sensitive or swollen, but these are normal symptoms and can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers. We recommend that you set up a follow-up six months after your root canal. Dr. Clement will check to make sure the infection has been eradicated and that your mouth has healed. After that, you should continue to schedule annual dental exams and bi-annual cleanings to maintain your dental health.
At your consultation, our team will give you cost estimates so your treatment fits both your needs and budget. If you currently have dental insurance, we will call your provider to determine your coverage. If you don't have dental insurance, Great Lakes Bay Dental accepts several payment methods, and we may be able to help you find low-interest medical financing.
Root Canal Therapy
Thanks to advancements in the dental industry, root canals can be a fast, easy procedure to treat an infected tooth. Along with different levels of sedation, your root canal at Great Lakes Bay Dental can be comfortable and save you from tooth pain or more invasive procedures. Contact our staff in Midland, MI to set up a consultation with experienced dentist Dr. Clement for more information about root canal therapy and other ways to improve your dental health.