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Root Canal Specialist

COSMETIC & GENERAL DENTISTS LOCATED IN STERLING HEIGHTS, MI

Root Canal

Root canals are among the most common types of restorative dental treatments and an area of specialty for Sami Ubaydi, DDS, of Crimson Maple Dental in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Advancements in dental technology make modern root canals simple and painless. Learn more during your personalized consultation, which can be booked online or by phone today.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is performed to save an infected tooth. To understand the process, it helps to think about the structure of your teeth.

The outermost layer of teeth is a thin shell of hard tissue called enamel. Just beneath lies another layer of hard tissue called dentin. Below your dentin is a hollow chamber that extends into the roots of your teeth.

This chamber contains your pulp, which is a mix of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. Pulp plays a critical role in nourishing developing teeth, but once your teeth are fully formed, it’s no longer necessary. 

When you experience a traumatic injury to a tooth or advanced decay, the pulp can become infected. It’s difficult for the body to heal infected pulp, and significant tooth pain often results. A root canal removes the infected pulp and restores the structural integrity of the tooth. 

What are some signs I might need a root canal?

Severe tooth pain is the primary sign of an infected tooth, especially if the pain occurs or worsens as you bite down. Additional symptoms include:

  • Pimple-like sore on the gums
  • Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold, even after the source is removed
  • Areas of deep dental decay
  • Red or darkened gum tissue
  • Chipped or cracked tooth
  • Swollen and tender gums

If you notice these changes, schedule a diagnostic exam to determine if a root canal is needed to restore the health of your tooth and prevent extraction.   

What are the steps in a root canal?

When you come in for a diagnostic workup, your practitioner may take X-rays to learn more about the internal structure of your teeth and bone tissue. A dental exam can also reveal signs of an infected tooth.

If a root canal is the best treatment option, you’ll receive numbing medication to help you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. A small access hole is created in the tooth to gain access to the inner chamber. 

A series of incredibly slim dental tools remove the infected pulp from the chamber before the area is thoroughly rinsed to remove all traces of pulp. A special material called gutta percha is placed within the cleared chamber, and the access hole is sealed with a small filling. 

Digital imaging or impressions are taken to guide the creation of a custom dental crown. A temporary crown is placed to protect the tooth until the permanent version is ready. At that point you’ll return to have the crown cemented into place, completing the restoration.

Learn more about dental crowns during your personalized visit. Online booking is an option, or you’re always welcome to call to check appointment availability.

Crimson Maple Dental
✆ Phone (appointments): 586-264-2592
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 586-264-2592
Address: 4845 E. 14 Mile Road, , Sterling Heights, MI 48310