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By Arnold Bansen, DDS
November 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

If left untreated, tooth decay can cause significant damage to your smile on top of a toothache. So significant that, in the past, the answerroot canal to this condition was to extract the tooth altogether. However, you can avoid extraction for your decayed and painful tooth with a root canal. This procedure tends to have a bad reputation, making it important to distinguish fact from fiction. Find out more about a root canal, signs that you may need one, and how it can benefit your smile with Dr. Arnold Bansen in Sterling Heights, MI.

What is a root canal? 
A root canal is a way to remove the damaged or decayed tissue which causes a toothache. With the tissue removed, your dentist will replace it and fill the tooth with a resin material to make it whole once again. The root canal itself will take place in your dentist’s office and last about an hour.

What are some myths surrounding root canal therapy? 
Root canals have a reputation for being a painful and long procedure. Luckily, your dentist will begin your treatment with a local anesthetic, ensuring that you will actually not feel any pain during your root canal. A root canal is essentially a very large dental filling. While the procedure is longer than a normal filling, it will usually not last longer than an hour. Root canals will preserve the structure of the tooth, ensuring that you avoid tooth extraction and the side effects of a missing tooth.

Signs You May Need A Root Canal 
A very obvious sign you need a root canal is a toothache. However, some signs of teeth decay before it reaches the final stages in which it causes pain include:

  • unexplained bad breath
  • a black or brown area of the tooth
  • tooth sensitivity
  • an unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • a broken tooth

Root Canal Therapy in Sterling Heights, MI
If you think you have teeth decay or have a painful or broken tooth, you may benefit from a root canal. For more information on root canals or what they can do for your smile, please contact Dr. Bansen in Sterling Heights, MI. Call (586) 979-1450 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Bansen today!