Everything You Need to Know About Root Canals

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About Dr. Peter Zwier

For over 30 years, Dr. Peter J. Zwier has been providing a broad range of general and cosmetic dental services to Grand Rapids, meeting the needs of your whole family in one convenient location. Your oral health is extremely important to your body’s wellbeing, and a beautiful smile is a wonderful asset at any age.

Are you experiencing tooth pain, tenderness, sensitivity, or discoloration? If so, you may be in need of a root canal. This procedure can relieve the pain caused by an infected tooth. Read on to learn more about root canals.

Why Would Someone Need a Root Canal?

Root canals are necessary when, one, a cavity has reached its way to the pulp of a tooth, two, trauma causes the nerve to die, or three, a tooth needs work done because of decay, which makes it more likely that the nerve will die.

The pulp can then become infected, and nerve damage can take place. The pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains important structures like blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. If the pulp is left untreated, an abscess can form, which can spread the infection into the bloodstream.

How is a Root Canal Done?

During this dental procedure, the infected or inflamed pulp is removed, and the inside of the root canal is cleaned and filled in. A filling is also placed to strengthen the internal part of the tooth. A crown will be placed to protect the tooth from further damage.

With today’s updated dental techniques, root canals are not as painful as they once were. In fact, most patients describe their pain before the root canal as being worse than the actual procedure. Sometimes a root canal is a relief of pain, and Dr. Zwier can often perform a root canal without any pain.

Following a Root Canal

Following root canal surgery, patients should feel a relief of pain they felt. Patients should minimize chewing on the treated tooth until a crown is placed, as this helps to prevent contamination and strengthen the tooth. Sensitivity may be present, though over-the-counter medications can often control this.

If you are located in the Grand Rapids, Kentwood, or East Grand Rapids or other areas and are in need of a root canal, contact Dr. Zwier today!