Dr. Kosinski Can Relieve Your Pain
Tooth decay starts out small and often goes unnoticed, but it can lead to severely infected teeth when left untreated. It’s so common that almost half of the world’s population is affected by untreated tooth decay.
If it reaches the pulp, or the deepest layer of the tooth, root canal therapy may be needed to save the tooth. During root canal therapy, Dr. Kosinski will remove the infected portion of the tooth, which will relieve your pain and preserve the natural tooth.
This treatment usually involves little to no pain thanks to the use of dental sedation. With root canal treatment, Dr. Kosinski can make the pain go away and restore your tooth to full health.
How Decay Affects Your Tooth
Without good oral hygiene, bacteria can quickly build up and infect your teeth and gums. This results in bacteria spreading into the center of the tooth, causing decay. Then, the infection can reach the roots of your teeth where it attacks the pulp.
When the pulp becomes infected, it can be extremely painful and especially harmful if your tooth is cracked, chipped, or broken. Without intervention, the tooth will either fall out or require extraction.
Dr. Kosinski uses root canal therapy to preserve the natural tooth before the infection reaches other parts of the mouth. This will relieve the pain and restore the health of the tooth.
Signs You May Need Root Canal Therapy
Symptoms of an infected root canal are consistent with those of a cavity, but the pain is likely to be more severe. If you’re experiencing the following symptoms, you may require root canal treatment.
- Severe tooth pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
- Tender or swollen gums
If you have a toothache, call our Bingham practice right away at 248-646-8651. Dr. Kosinski will determine the right course of action to help soothe the pain.
The Root Canal Treatment Process
If you suspect your tooth is infected, we can help arrange a free, no-obligation consultation with Dr. Kosinski. He’ll examine your mouth, take a digital x-ray of your tooth, and recommend a treatment that’s fitted for your condition.
If root canal therapy is the best option, Dr. Kosinski will prepare you for treatment by using a local anesthetic to numb the surgical site. We also offer dental sedation to make the process as comfortable and worry-free as possible.
Dr. Kosinski will begin by removing the infected pulp and filling the empty chamber with a rubber-like material. Then, he’ll seal your tooth with a natural-looking dental crown to strengthen the tooth and prevent future infection.
When Tooth Extraction is Required
At Smile Creator, our priority is maintaining your natural smile, but sometimes removing a severely infected tooth is the best option for protecting your health. If we can’t restore it, Dr. Kosinski will discuss your options and explain how dental implants may be the best solution.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does root canal therapy hurt?
It’s likely you may feel tooth sensitivity following the procedure, but this should wear off in a few days. Dr. Kosinski recommends over-the-counter medications and applying a cold compress to alleviate any pain, discomfort, or swelling following your root canal.
How can you tell if a tooth is dead?
In most cases, Dr. Kosinski can save your tooth with root canal therapy and restore your oral health. However, if your tooth is severely damaged, we may have to perform an extraction. Our practice offers several restoration treatments, such as dental implants or dentures, to repair your smile.
Should my tooth hurt a week after the procedure?
It’s normal to feel some pain or discomfort following your root canal treatment. This is completely manageable with over-the-counter medication, such as ibuprofen.
If the pain persists after a week, call our Bingham office at 248-646-8651 to have your tooth examined right away.
Are there any complications with root canal therapy?
If this occurs, you may require another root canal to restore your oral health. Following our post-operation instructions and choosing a highly qualified dentist, such as Dr. Kosinski, will help minimize any risks or complications following your procedure.
How long does root canal therapy take?
If you have any questions, give us a call at — and a knowledgeable member of our dental team will explain the process to you in detail.
How long does root canal therapy take?
Root canal therapy can be performed in one or two appointments, each requiring about 90 minutes.
Get the Care You Need With Dr. Kosinski
Our Bingham Farms team will go the extra mile to make your treatment as comfortable as possible.
Call our office at 248-646-8651 to learn more about root canal therapy or any of the restorative and cosmetic treatments we provide. Or simply fill out a contact form and we’ll get right back to you. Dr. Kosinski will treat your tooth, making sure you get relief as soon as possible.