Root Canal Therapy in Southfield, MI

Save Your Tooth at Dixon Family Dental

The root canal is the inner chamber of your tooth that contains small nerves and blood vessels. This is also known as the pulp, and if bacteria spread into the root canal, it can get infected. Leaving it untreated can lead to severe pain, sensitivity, and eventual tooth loss.

Here at Dixon Family Dental, Dr. Darlene can alleviate your pain and save your tooth from extraction with root canal therapy. Using gentle techniques and natural-looking dental restorations, we’ll be able to safely restore your smile to health, while also enhancing its beauty.

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Signs of an Infected Tooth Pulp

There are a variety of symptoms associated with root canal infection that can help you determine if you need treatment. We recommend calling our office right away if you’re experiencing any of the following issues:

  • Severe toothache
  • Pain while chewing
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Discolored tooth
  • Swollen or tender gums around the tooth

Our Gentle Root Canal Treatment Process

Before your root canal procedure starts, Dr. Darlene will use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the infected tooth so you don’t feel any pain. Once ready, she’ll create a small opening in the tooth and remove the infected tissue. Then, she’ll fill the empty pulp with a special dental resin that protects it against future infections.

To finish, Dr. Darlene will cover the healthy tooth with a customized porcelain crown. Your crown will blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth while improving the strength of your tooth and preserving its health.

In some cases, if the root canal has been severely damaged by infection and can’t be saved, Dr. Darlene will recommend a tooth extraction. Removal of the tooth will result in a restorative treatment such as receiving a dental implant, bridge, or partial denture to repair your smile.

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Frequently Asked Questions