Changes deep inside your tooth pulp can increase your risk of tooth loss. Fortunately, root canal treatment offered by your La Grange, IL, dentists, Dr. Carolyn Bronke Wind and Dr. Vivian Castellanos, will help you save your tooth.
Why are root canals needed?
You'll need a root canal if the soft pulp at the center of your tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The pulp is a mass of tissues, nerves, and blood vessels that served an important purpose during the development of your tooth. Once your tooth is fully formed, it can function normally even if the pulp is removed during root canal treatment.
Inflammations or infections can be very painful and will eventually cause you to lose your tooth. If you develop a bacterial infection called an abscess, bacteria can spread throughout your body and could even trigger a stroke or heart attack.
What happens during root canal treatment?
Do you cringe when you hear the words "root canal"? Many people have misconceptions about tooth-saving therapy. Despite the jokes, root canal therapy isn't painful. Your dentist uses a local anesthetic to ensure that you don't feel a thing during your root canal appointment in the La Grange office.
Once she's sure that your mouth is numb, she'll open your tooth to reveal the pulp. After taking out the pulp, she'll clean the tooth thoroughly to remove debris and bacteria. Using a series of small files, she'll also clean the small root canals that travel from the top of the tooth to the roots. Cleaning and shaping the canals ensures that all of the pulp is removed and also makes it harder for bacteria to grow.
At the end of your first root canal appointment, you'll receive a temporary filling. Permanent fillings usually aren't placed during the initial appointment, as it's important for the tooth to drain first. In a week or two, you'll return to the office and receive a permanent, rubber-based filling that will restore and seal your tooth.
Root canal therapy can make your tooth a little weaker. Fortunately, a crown added to the tooth will help strengthen it. Although your tooth may feel a little sore for a few days after the treatment, you'll soon be pain-free.
Root canal treatment eases your pain and helps you avoid tooth loss! Call your dentists in La Grange, IL, Dr. Carolyn Bronke Wind, and Dr. Vivian Castellanos, at (708) 354-1335 to schedule your appointment.