Root Canals in Grand Rapids, Kentwood, East Grand Rapids, MI
Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is made necessary when a cavity is allowed, through neglect, to reach all the way to this pulp. (Regular cleanings and checkups prevent and detect problems early) Sometimes deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may cause the nerve to be damaged to the point it needs root canal therapy, also. In East Grand Rapids, Dr. Zwier performs root canals to improve dental health.
Root Canal Treatment in East Grand Rapids
In East Grand Rapids dentistry, root canals can be cause of concern. Once nerve damage occurs the pulp becomes infected, and can even extend through the root tip. It can begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is an abscess). By the time the pulp is infected it must be treated, and cannot heal on its own. It can even weaken the entire immune system. This is dangerous, not to mention very painful. Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a root canal take?
Root canals generally take one or two appointments to complete. Both appointments take about 90
Do I need a crown after a root canal?
Adding a dental crown after a root canal is not necessary. However, dental crowns provide
reinforcement to the tooth. They also restore functionality and health to the tooth.
Why do root canals require multiple visits?
Most root canals require two visits to the dentist. The first treatment removes all infection from the root of the tooth. The second visit is where the root canal is cleaned, disinfected, shaped, and filled to prevent any further damage.
How soon can I eat after a root canal?
For the root canal procedure, your mouth will be numbed to minimize discomfort. Once the numbness wears off, you can eat.
What should I avoid after a root canal?
It is important to avoid hard, crunchy, and chewy foods until your stitches are removed. Eat a soft diet with foods like mashed potatoes or yogurt. Also, avoid hot drinks for the first 24 hours after the root canal.
Is a root canal dangerous?
A root canal is not a dangerous procedure. It helps to prevent diseases and serious illnesses by removing an infected tooth. Any claims that root canals cause cancer or illnesses are myths.
Can I drive home after a root canal?
You can drive yourself home or return to work after the root canal. The numbness that accompanies this procedure is no different than that for a filling.
How can I ease pain after a root canal?
Any pain or discomfort after a root canal can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications. Also, you can use an ice pack to help soothe the pain. To avoid unnecessary pain avoid chewing on the tooth.
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Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup. A root canal is then performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp, and disinfect the canals of the tooth. The only other treatment would be to extract the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) are filled in to prevent any further infection. Usually a core build-up and crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has had root canal therapy.
In East Grand Rapids, Dr. Zwier has successfully and painlessly performed and completed over 2500 root canals. The majority of these have been molar root canals, as well as bicuspid and anterior teeth.
Root Canal Post-Op Instructions: Endo Post Op Instructions