Farmington Hills Dentist Answers Questions about Root Canals

Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, has undergone the additional training to qualify her to provide you with quality endodontic treatment (root canal therapy). Many patients have questions about root canals. Read on to learn more.

Root Canal FAQs

Q1. What is a root canal?

A1. Many people believe that the treatment to fix deep decay in the roots is called a root canal. In fact, you have root canals inside every one of your teeth.

Q2. How many root canals are in each tooth?

A2. Your tooth has between one and four roots, and each of those has a canal. These tunnels allow minerals and nutrients to flow through your teeth. They also help transmit a sense of pain to your nerves if your tooth has been overrun by untreated decay.

Q3. Are root canal treatments and endodontics the same thing?

A3. Yes. The dental specialty of endodontics was created so that dentists can save as much natural tooth structure as possible when decay has gone down into your dental pulp. Root canal procedures are generally recommended in cases of injury (deep chips, cracks, and breaks) or when severe tooth decay is present.

Q4. Is it true that a root canal treatment can save a dislodged tooth?

A4. Yes. If a tooth is dislodged it can potentially be reattached through the innovation of root canal therapy. If you do have a tooth knocked out, try to make it in to see your Farmington Hills dentist within an hour, before the tooth becomes too dried out.

Q5. What exactly does a root canal procedure entail?

A5. Once it is decided that you need treatment for an infected root canal, Dr. Askari will make a small hole in the dentin of your tooth. This allows for the infected pulp tissues to be removed. The cavern inside your tooth that remains due to cleaning out the infection will be filled with a biocompatible material that is much like rubber. Finally, the area is sealed with either a filling or a dental crown.