Topeka & Silver Lake Rooting for Root Canal Therapy
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, KS 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 with Dr. Michael Michel that they doze off. We look forward to welcoming you!
There are several ways that the canals of the tooth could 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 severe damage. 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.
How do I know if I need root canal therapy?
Common signs that treatment may be needed include:
- Significant discomfort that occurs when chewing food or applying any kind of pressure to a certain tooth
- Overblown sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, even after the source is gone
- A change in color (usually to a darker shade) of a certain tooth
- Gums that seem especially swollen or red in certain locations
Thankfully, Dr. Michel can eradicate early-stage infection with this revitalizing procedure. Root canal therapy begins with the creation of an opening in the affected tooth and the removal of 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 again 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 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 with Dr. Michel.