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18540 E. 9 Mile Rd.
Eastpointe, MI 48021
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18540 E. 9 Mile Rd.
Eastpointe, MI 48021

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Dr. Jost has been my family's dentist for the past 25 years. His professionalism and care have been outstanding! I have sent many friends and family to him and no one has been disappointed. He is gentle, kind, considerate and delivers excellent dental care.

-  Bonnie
Clinton Twp, MI


 
Most people say they HAVE to go to the dentist. My husband and I both LIKE to go! After 30 some years, we consider Dr. Jost and his staff part of our family. Whenever we have an "emergency" Dr. Jost makes time for us. To anyone looking for a dentist - give Dr. Jost a try. You won't be disappointed and your smile will thank you.  Go Red Wings!
 

- Jeff & Debbie, Centerline, MI

By Peter Jost, D.D.S., P.C.
April 24, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

The words "root canal" often have a less than favorable connotation to some people. However, the truth is that this procedure not only Root_Canalpreserves your oral health but it also actually relieves pain! Read on to your Eastpointe dentist, Dr. Peter Jost, uses this treatment to help save his patients' smiles!

 

Who needs a root canal?

Named for the tiny, slender chambers which course down each tooth root, root canal therapy heals infection and reinforces weak tooth structure. Before recommending this restorative procedure, your Eastpointe, dentist will perform a careful examination of the suspect tooth. X-rays reveal the health and position of tooth roots—important information that determines whether a root canal can actually relieve pain and prevent unnecessary extraction.

The American Association of Endodontists says that root canal therapy takes up to three dental visits. Once the treatment is complete, the tooth will quickly normalize and should last for many years—possibly even for the rest of the patient's life!

The signs which indicate you need a root canal are:

  • Toothache pain
  • Drainage
  • Bad breath
  • A noticeable crack in tooth enamel or roots (as seen on X-ray)
  • Dental sensitivity to sugar, cold or heat
  • A sore or pimple on the gums
  • Enamel discoloration
  • Weak tooth structure due to decay or multiple fillings

 

The procedure

Treatment is actually quite simple! It begins with your dentist numbing the area around the tooth before using specialized tools to remove any infected pulp and smooth the interior walls of the canals. Medication is then administered to quell infection and inflammation, while a putty called gutta-percha is used to seal and strengthen the canals. Dr. Jost repeats these steps on all canals and before placing a temporary cap over the tooth. Healing at home takes about a week.

When you return to Dr. Jost's office, he'll remove the temporary restoration and then bond a new porcelain crown in place. This crown is customized for color, size, and shape and blends in with the surrounding teeth.

 

Life with your restored tooth

Your tooth will feel comfortable and look natural. You can depend on its strength and durability, but we do caution that good at-home care and regular in-office check-ups are critical to long-term health and tooth retention.

 

Find out more

Count on Dr. Peter Jost and his team to make you comfortable and give life back to your damaged tooth. Root canal treatment really is nothing to fear! Call the office today to set-up your procedure: (586) 771-1460.

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Dr. Jost

Peter Jost, DDS, PC

Dr. Jost is a 1981 graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry where he received first- rate training in all aspects of general dentistry.  In 1983

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