Posts for tag: Root Canal Therapy

By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
September 24, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal Therapy  

Have you been experiencing a persistent toothache and bad breath? If so, your dental pulp may have become inflamed or infected, a Root_Canalcondition that can cause mass damage to both your dental and general health. Fortunately, here in Flint, MI, periodontist Dr. Franklin Gordon Jr. gives people the precise care they need in this situation. Read on to learn more.

 

Frequently asked questions about root canal therapy

What is a root canal? Root canal therapy is a treatment that removes any damaged dental pulp from a tooth's central interior chamber and its adjoined roots. A sealant called gutta-percha is then used to seal the canals and inner chamber, with a porcelain crown afterward being used to cover and reinforce the remaining tooth structure above the gum line.

Does a root canal hurt? Performed with local anesthetic here at our Flint practice, this in-office procedure is comfortable and completely free of discomfort. As you heal at home afterward, you may eat a soft diet for a few days and take over-the-counter pain medication if the site is a bit sore. Despite a sometimes negative public perception, most of Dr. Gordon's patients find relief of all their symptoms relatively quickly.

What tells the dentist I need a root canal? Your symptoms, X-ray evidence, and the findings from a complete oral examination determine if the procedure is right for you.

Will my tooth look and feel normal? Yes, your tooth will look great and blend in with the color and shape of your other teeth. You'll be able to bite and chew well, and while the tooth may be a bit sensitive to pressure, this will normalize relatively quickly.

Can I brush and floss my restored tooth? Yes, please do! The American Dental Association recommends twice-daily brushing and once-daily flossing to keep all of your teeth and gums free of harmful plaque and tartar. Also, see your dentist semi-annually for a professional cleaning and check-up.

 

Bring other questions to Dr. Gordon

He'll be happy to answer them. If you are worried about a particular tooth, please call our office in Flint, MI, right away at (810) 230-0990.