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Root Canals in Ann Arbor

Stop Severe Dental Pain

Man holding jaw in painAre you experiencing severe dental pain? Does it hurt to eat, or do you feel a surge of discomfort whenever you have something hot or cold? If so, the nerve of your tooth may be damaged. It resides in the innermost layer of your tooth, known as the dental pulp. When the pulp has become infected or injured, the only way to get the relief you need and save your tooth is with a root canal in Ann Arbor.

Reasons You Might Need a Root Canal

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The dental pulp in your tooth can become damaged primarily in two ways. Either a cavity has been left alone for an extended period of time and the decay has worked its way to the pulp, or some kind of trauma has occurred to the tooth. Once the dental pulp has been affected, this will often bring about noticeable discomfort, along with sensitivity to certain temperatures. Here are some of the main signs that you might need a root canal:

  • Red, swollen, or sensitive gums near a tooth
  • Pain when biting down on a particular tooth
  • A bump on the gums right below a tooth
  • Swelling along the face and cheek

These symptoms indicate that the dental pulp has become infected or injured, and the most direct way to treat it is with a root canal. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible.

What to Expect When Getting a Root Canal

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Over the years, root canals have garnered a dubious reputation, and unfortunately, it is quite misleading. Thanks to local anesthesia, you will be completely numbed to any physical discomfort. The pain associated with a root canal often stems from the initial infection or injury itself, not the actual procedure! Root canals are intended to relieve your pain, not cause it. However, Dr. Olsen is aware that this treatment can make many people nervous, so he will always meet with you beforehand so he can answer any of your questions. Only when you are comfortable and ready will he proceed.

When you come in to get a root canal treatment in Ann Arbor, it will involve 3 basic steps:

  • An access hole will be created in your tooth so that the dental pulp can be reached
  • This pulp will be removed and the inside of your tooth will be sanitized to help prevent reinfection
  • The hole will then be filled in order to reinforce the tooth’s structure

Most root canals can be completed in one visit, typically lasting anywhere between 30-90 minutes. Depending on how much of your tooth needed to be removed, you might need to come back so it can be fully restored with a crown. Your tooth may feel slightly sensitive in the week after a root canal, but it will be much better than when you first walked into our office, trust us!