Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that’s related to the internal structure of your teeth. If oral damage is severe enough that this vulnerable area is affected, extraction can become a very real possibility for patients. Thankfully, root canal therapy can be your saving grace here at our Silver Lake and Topeka locations. While this procedure may have a bad reputation, the truth is that our modern approach is surprisingly comfortable, and many patients become so relaxed during their treatment that they doze off.
There are several ways that the canals of the tooth can become susceptible to infection. An abscess (pus pocket) can form around the end of the root when the pulp within the tooth dies, or an untreated cavity could become so severe that it reaches the pulp. A serious fracture or general trauma can also expose the pulp and roots to bacteria. Whatever the case is, once this damage is done, patients will begin to experience disruptive pain, pressure, and eventual bone and tooth loss if no treatment is provided in a timely manner. That’s where our dedicated team at Michel Dental comes in. We use root canal therapy to save your tooth and get you back to smiling.
Common signs that this treatment may be needed include:
If you notice any of these symptoms, please don’t hesitate to contact our office today!
Thankfully, our dentists can eradicate early-stage infection with this revitalizing procedure. Root canal therapy in Topeka & Silver Lake begins with the creation of an opening in the affected tooth and the removal of the diseased pulp and tissue within. Once this process is complete, we’ll use a biocompatible material to replace it before thoroughly sealing the tooth shut to prevent further infection. A custom-made crown placed on top of the treated tooth will restore any lost structure and give you back your strong, healthy smile.
Here at Michel Dental, our team loves welcoming residents from Silver Lake, Topeka, Lawrence, Manhattan, and all surrounding areas. We strongly believe in always providing quality care in a warm and welcoming environment. Contact either of our two conveniently located offices today if you have any questions for our team or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment.
Once your root canal is over, you should give yourself a few days to rest. During the first day, avoid chewing on the affected area. Be sure to maintain good dental hygiene like brushing and flossing but skip the treated tooth initially. You may experience slight soreness, which is completely normal. This can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Typically, your small discomfort will get better after each day. However, if you experience increasing pain over a week after your procedure, contact our emergency dentist in Topeka & Silver Lake right away for additional treatment.
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