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Remembered fondly by fans as the wacky but loveable Carlton on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Alfonso Ribeiro is currently in his fifth year hosting America's Funniest Videos. It's the perfect gig for the 48-year-old actor, who loves to laugh and make others laugh as well. This is quite the opposite experience from one he had a few years ago that he remembers all too well: a severely decayed tooth.
After seeing his dentist for an intense toothache, Ribeiro learned he had advanced tooth decay and would need root canal treatment. Ribeiro wasn't thrilled by the news. Like many of us, he thought the procedure would be unpleasant. But he found afterward that not only was the root canal painless, his toothache had vanished.
More importantly, the root canal treatment saved his tooth, as it has for millions of others over the last century. If you're facing a situation similar to Alfonso Ribeiro's, here's a quick look at the procedure that could rescue your endangered tooth.
Getting ready. In preparation for root canal therapy, the tooth and surrounding gums are numbed, often first with a swab of local anesthesia to deaden the surface area in preparation for the injection of the main anesthesia below the surface. A dental dam is then placed to isolate the infected tooth from its neighbors to prevent cross-contamination.
Accessing the interior. To get to the infection, a small access hole is drilled. The location depends on the tooth: in larger back teeth, a hole is drilled through the biting surface, and in front teeth, a hole is drilled on the backside. This access allows us to insert special tools to accomplish the next steps in the procedure.
Cleaning, shaping and filling. Small tools are used to remove the diseased tissue from the interior tooth pulp and root canals. Then the empty spaces are disinfected. This, in effect, stops the infection. Next, the root canals inside the tooth are shaped to allow them to better accept a special filling called gutta percha. The access hole is then sealed to further protect the tooth from future infection, and a temporary crown is placed.
A new crown to boot. Within a couple weeks, we'll cap the tooth with a long-lasting lifelike crown (or a filling on certain teeth). This adds further protection for the tooth against infection, helps strengthen the tooth's structure, and restores the tooth's appearance.
Without this procedure, the chances of a tooth surviving this level of advanced decay are very slim. But undergoing a root canal, as Alfonso Ribeiro did, can give your tooth a real fighting chance.
If you would like more information about root canal treatments, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment” and “Root Canal Treatment: How Long Will It Last?”
A root canal can save an infected tooth from being extracted. Root canal treatment can strengthen an infected tooth and restore normal functioning in that tooth. Undergoing root canal treatment when needed can prevent additional oral health problems from developing down the road. There are many signs a root canal might be needed, such as a severe toothache. A dentist can examine your infected tooth and determine if it can be saved through root canal treatment. At Progressive Dental Group, Dr. David Salah is your dentist in Novi, MI, for root canals.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a treatment method for restoring and strengthening an infected tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted. When the soft, pulp in the center of a tooth becomes infected, that infection can spread down through the root and form an abscess below the tooth. Once the infection has spread outside the tooth, it can subsequently spread to other areas of the mouth and lead to additional oral health problems.
The procedure for a root canal is similar to filling a cavity. The dentist clears away all infected pulp from inside the tooth and root. The tooth is then thoroughly cleaned inside. Finally, the tooth is filled and sealed, and protected with a dental crown. Your dentist in Novi, MI, can examine an infected tooth and determine if it can be restored with root canal treatment. Some signs you may need a root canal include:
- Sharp pain when biting into food
- A severe or persistent toothache
- Sensitivity to cold or hot items
- Constant mouth pain and pressure
Benefits of a Root Canal
Root canal treatment offers multiple benefits beyond saving infected teeth from extraction. Root canals restore infected teeth and strengthen them so they can resume normal biting and chewing functions. Root canal treatment also alleviates the pain, sensitivity, and discomfort associated with infected pulp.
Some of the signs you might need a root canal include a severe toothache, constant mouth pain, and sharp pain when biting or chewing food. To find out if you need a root canal, schedule an appointment with Dr. Salah, your dentist in Novi, MI, by calling Progressive Dental Group at (248) 349-7560.