Throbbing toothache, a crack, darkened enamel—all of these signs mean that your tooth is in trouble. Fortunately, root canal treatment can often fix the issue. Performed here at Carolyn Bronke Wind, DDS PC and Associates in La Grange, IL, this reliable procedure allows you to keep your smile healthy for years to come.
What is a root canal?
The root canal is part of your tooth. Each root contains up to four pulp-filled chambers or canals which help support, grow, and nourish your tooth. Sadly, when a tooth becomes decayed, infected, or deeply cracked, bacteria invade these narrow spaces and inflammation sets in.
During a consultation at our La Grange office, your dentist will look at the problem tooth to recommend treatment options. In place of extraction, and the problems and expense it causes, she may advise root canal therapy.
How does it work? Treatment begins by numbing the tooth and accessing each chamber with specialized tools in order to remove the diseased pulp. She then adds antiseptic medication and a biocompatible sealant called gutta-percha. After a week or so of healing, a porcelain crown tops off the restored tooth, making it good as new.
Do you need a root canal?
These symptoms tell Dr. Vivian Castellanos or Dr. Bronke Wind if you need this restorative treatment:
- Toothache pain
- Dental sensitivity to heat, cold, sugar or the pressures of biting and chewing
- Pimples on the gums
- Red, tender gums
- Discolored tooth enamel and gum tissue
- Deep decay and failing fillings
- Missing tooth structure due to a crack or large chip
Save your smile
The American Association of Endodontists maintains that improvements in dentistry have allowed many more teeth to be spared extraction. Here at our La Grange office, your dentists have the skill and innovation you need for a healthy, intact smile. Don't suffer from your symptoms. Call the office today for a consultation on root canal therapy: (708) 354-1335.