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- Pain in tooth when biting down
- Pain while chewing
- Sensitivity to hot or cold drinks or food
- Unnatural swelling of face in one place
If you have one or several of these symptoms, you may be dealing with damage to the pulpal nerves in a tooth.
Sometimes the pain it can cause can spread to nearby teeth as well, making it difficult for you to identify exactly which tooth is affected. Dental Associates of West Michigan can identify the source of your root canal problem, and have the expertise to treat this conservatively with in-office root canal therapy.
The modern equipment, well-trained and experienced dentists, up-to-date techniques, and thus can save about 95% of the teeth that have this pulpal nerve damage, where once dentists always had to perform a tooth extraction.
Causes of a Root Canal?
The pulp that is inside each tooth provides the nutrients and nerves to the tooth, and it runs down through the root of the tooth.
If this pulp becomes diseased, or is traumatized, the pulp tissue starts to decay and die. This dead tissue has to be removed so it will not cause infection, which could cause you to lose the tooth.
Very simply, the dentist removes the dead pulp, cleans out the root canal, and seals it off to protect it. The last step is placing a crown over the tooth, for strengthening the tooth.
The whole process of the Root Canal Therapy takes up to 3 visits to your dentist.
As the symptoms of pulpal nerve damage can also mimic other oral problems, Steven M. Conlon D.D.S. and James P.M. Vincelj D.D.S. confirm the diagnosis with their examination, as well as reported symptoms. They will discuss your needs for Root Canal Therapy with you, and together you can decide on the course you wish to take.