Sterling Heights, MI Root Canal Treatment
Purpose of a Root Canal
A root canal is a preferred alternative to extracting a tooth, which is why so many procedures are performed yearly. The ultimate purpose of this treatment is to save the patient’s original tooth, keeping it well-rooted, healthy and strong. When a tooth is extracted, the gums become vulnerable to decay, infection and loss of bone tissue. A root canal helps you avoid potentially expensive issues in the future.
What Is the Procedure Like?
A root canal is often completed in about two appointments at our Sterling Heights, MI office.There are three main steps involved when getting this treatment.
First, the patient is sedated and the dentist uses special tools to access the tooth’s damaged tissue. Next, the dentist thoroughly cleans and disinfects the tooth, then fills it up with a substance called gutta-percha to protect it from future damage. Finally, after a recovery period of a few weeks, a crown is secured to the top of the tooth to reinforce and protect it.