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Root Canal Treatment – Clinton Township, MI

Saving Natural Teeth
from Extraction

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Years ago, diseased or injured teeth frequently were extracted. But today, even if the nerve in one of your teeth becomes injured or infected, the tooth often can be saved through root canal (endodontic) therapy in Clinton Township, MI. Most patients have heard a story that traveled down the grapevine regarding this type of treatment. What is important for you to understand is that you will be completely comfortable during this procedure. If you have had a filling done in the past with dental anesthetic, it will not be much different from this sensation.

Why Choose Clinton Township Family Dental for Root Canal Therapy?

  • Sedation Dentistry Available
  • Dentist with Advanced Training
  • We Welcome Dental Emergencies

Signs Root Canal Treatment May Be Needed

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One of the most common signs that root canal treatment in Clinton Township is necessary is a persistent and severe toothache. While this is oftentimes what prompts most of our patients to give us a call, there are other symptoms you should look out for as well, like:

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold beverages and foods.
  • Sharp pain when biting down or chewing.
  • Dark tooth discoloration.
  • Swollen and red gums surrounding a tooth.
  • A pimple-like bump on the gums.

If you notice any of these signs, we urge you to give us a call as soon as possible so we can examine the situation. In cases where infection is involved, the problem has the ability to spread, which is why getting treated as soon as possible is crucial.

The Process of Getting a Root Canal

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discussing the procedure with you and administering sufficient anesthesia. Once you're ready, she will gently and conservatively remove the damaged nerve and seal the tooth with a putty-like substance called gutta percha. Following your root canal, our team will also secure a customized dental crown atop the treated tooth to protect it. While your preserved tooth will no longer be alive, it will stay strong and intact so that your bite is not affected.

The Benefits of Getting Root Canal Treatment

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Although root canals are often talked about negatively due to the pain that they treat, this procedure has the ability to save and preserve your natural tooth, which is always our team’s goal. You only get one set of permanent teeth, and we are dedicated to helping you keep them for as long as possible. That is why we will outfit your treated tooth with a custom-fitted dental crown following your root canal for extra protection!

In addition to smile preservation, the only other alternative treatment for a tooth infection would be extraction, and while this may be required in certain situations, it can also be the more costly route. This is due to the fact that following your extraction, in order to preserve the alignment of your surrounding teeth, it will be necessary to replace it with a bridge or dental implant, which incur their own separate fees.