How a root canal can help you save your tooth
Endodontic procedures, more commonly called root canals, are the modern way to treat teeth that are painful or badly infected. With today’s modern technology, techniques, and materials, root canals can be more comfortable than you ever thought possible. Here at A Dental Place in Lombard, IL, we want you to know the truth about root canal therapy and how it can help save your teeth.
A root canal may be needed because decay has been left untreated for some time to the point where the decay has reached the inside of the tooth called
There are identifiable signs and symptoms you may need a root canal, such as:
- Acute, sharp pain when you bite down
- Throbbing pain and pressure in your mouth
- Continuous pain after you’ve eaten hot or cold foods
- Redness, swelling, or a white bump on your gums at the tooth root
- Pus or drainage from your gums at the tooth root
There may be instances where you do not have any pain or noticeable symptoms and still need a root canal. The only way you can find out for certain if you need a root canal is visiting your dentist. Your dentist can take x-rays to look for a dark area (radiolucency) at the tip of the tooth root. The dentist can also test the nerve to see if it is vital, dead, or dying. This can be done by checking for temperature sensitivity, one of the hallmarks of needing a root canal, and tooth vitality. A dentist may also check for pain on biting which can indicate a tooth infection.
The root canal procedure may requires two appointments and begins by creating a small opening in your tooth to access the pulp chamber. Using tiny instruments called files your dentist will clean out the inside of your tooth, and removing infected tissue. A sedative material is placed inside your tooth and the tooth is allowed to “calm down” for a period of time. After your tooth is no longer painful, your dentist will further clean and shape the inside of your tooth. Gutta-percha, an inert rubbery material is placed inside your tooth, and the tooth opening is sealed up with a permanent filling.
Lose the pain, and keep your tooth by having root canal treatment! Call the Lombard, IL dentists at A Dental Place today at (630) 620-7300 to learn more or to book an appointment!