When a tooth’s pulp is infected or diseased, Drs. Karey may recommend a root canal in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dental pulp is the soft area in the center of a tooth where the veins, nerves, and connective tissues are located. Dental pulp can become damaged because of deep decay in a tooth, repeated dental procedures on a tooth, large fillings, a crack or a chip, or trauma and injury to the face. Although there are not always symptoms, the following are signs that you may need a root canal:

  • Severe toothache
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Discoloration of a tooth
  • Swelling and pain in the gums
  • A pimple on the gums that will not go away

Before performing root canal therapy, our dentists will take an X-ray to examine the shape of your tooth’s roots. An access hole is made in the tooth, through which the infected pulp, decayed nerve, bacteria, and debris will be recovered. Our dentists will use root canal files to clean out your tooth, all the way down the roots. When the tooth is cleaned, a sealer paste and rubber compound are placed into the root canals. The access hole is closed with a dental filling.

To learn more and to schedule your next visit, we welcome you to contact our office today.