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By Carolyn Bronke Wind, DDS, PC
November 25, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

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.

By Carolyn Bronke Wind, DDS, PC
October 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Dealing with a toothache? Find out how a root canal might provide you with relief.

It’s important to be able to listen to what your teeth and gums are trying to tell you so that you know when you may need to turn to our La Root_CanalGrange, IL, dentists, Dr. Carolyn Bronke and Dr. Vivian Castellanos, for treatment. Root canal therapy is one of the most common dental treatments and it could end up saving your damaged tooth.

Why is a root canal performed?

Simply put, a root canal is designed to repair and preserve teeth that have become weak or damaged due to infection, trauma or severe decay. Once the pulp of the tooth is damaged our La Grange, IL, restorative dentist will need to go inside the tooth to clean out the bacteria, remove the pulp and seal the tooth to prevent future infections.

A root canal is not an elective procedure. If your dentist tells you that you need root canal treatment this is something that will need to happen as soon as possible to prevent further complications. An untreated tooth will eventually need to be removed if it isn’t treated.

What are the warning signs that you might need a root canal?

The most common symptom of root canal treatment is persistent pain or pain that gets worse when chewing or biting down on the affected tooth. Pain is the number one indicator that something is wrong with your tooth and that it needs immediate care. While pain doesn’t necessarily mean that you need a root canal it could also be a warning of decay; therefore, the sooner we treat the problem the better.

If you notice that your tooth suddenly aches when consuming hot or cold foods or drinks this is another warning sign of an infected dental pulp. While this may feel like a slight ache at first it can turn into pretty severe pain if left untreated.

The gums around your tooth may also become tender, painful, red or swollen. If you notice these symptoms throughout your gums it’s likely the result of something else such as gum disease; however, if the gums are only swollen around the affected tooth this is a sign that something is wrong.

Finally, the tooth may suddenly turn dark or discolored. This happens suddenly when there is damage to the nerves or blood vessels inside the tooth or the root canals. This is a definite sign that the dental pulp is damaged and root canal treatment is necessary.

If you are dealing with any of the symptoms above it’s time to give our La Grange, IL, dentists Dr. Carolyn Bronke and Dr. Vivian Castellanos a call. We would be happy to schedule an immediate appointment for you.

By Carolyn Bronke Wind, DDS, PC
October 31, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Find out why that toothache might just mean that you need a root canal.

If our La Grange, IL, dentists Dr. Carolyn Bronke and Dr. Josephine Puleo have told you that you need a root canal you may be wondering more about this treatment and why it’s necessary. Root canals get a bad rap, but they actually save millions of teeth each year, according to the American Association of Endodontists. Plus, this endodontic procedure can also get rid of that annoying and painful toothache once and for all.

Why is a root canal performed?

This endodontic treatment is required when the dental pulp, a soft tissue mass inside the tooth, is infected or inflamed. How does a dental pulp become inflamed or infected? Usually through severe decay, an infection or damage (e.g. crack; fracture).

Once the pulp is inflamed or infected the only way to treat the problem is through a root canal, in which our La Grange, IL, general dentist will go inside the tooth and remove the pulp. If the tooth isn’t treated with a root canal then the tooth will eventually become enviable and need to be removed.

Are there warning signs that I might need a root canal?

Don’t assume that if your tooth needs a root canal that it will always cause issues. This is why coming in every six months for a routine checkup could just end up saving your tooth; however, sometimes certain symptoms can manifest that will be a warning that you might need to come in for root canal treatment.

The most obvious and classic symptom is a toothache. The toothache may be dull and come and go or it might be sharp and persistent. If you’ve cracked your tooth you may also notice that the pain increases when chewing or putting pressure on the tooth. Along with a toothache, the tooth may also have increased sensitivity to hot or cold that lingers.

Sometimes the gums surrounding the tooth may become inflamed and tender to the touch, and in some cases may even develop an abscess (a pimple-like growth on the gums). An abscess is a warning sign that there is an infection, which will require immediate dental care.

No matter whether you have questions about getting root canal treatment in La Grange, IL, or you are dealing with a toothache, it’s important that you have a dental team that you can trust. Call our office today to find out how we can help you.

By Carolyn Bronke Wind, DDS, PC
November 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

A root canal can preserve the tooth and ensure that it avoids extraction. Luckily, your dentist can help you treat your decayed, damaged, or root canaldiseased tooth with a root canal. How can you tell if you need this treatment? What can you expect from a root canal procedure? Find out the answers to some frequently asked questions with Dr. Carolyn Bronke and Dr. Josephine Puleo in La Grange, IL.

What is a root canal? 
The inside of a tooth contains a material called pulp, made up of blood vessels and nerves which allow the tooth to feel pain. When a tooth becomes damaged, diseased, or decayed, the pulp is also damaged, eventually becoming infected and, if left untreated, turning into an abscess. A root canal clears the infected tissue from inside the tooth and seals it, preventing future decay and damage. The procedure then fills the tooth and, if suggested by your dentist, a dental crown covers the tooth to provide further protection.

When is a root canal necessary?
A painful or broken tooth are two obvious signs that a root canal may be in your future. However, a root canal can also prevent a toothache from occurring in the first place. If your dentist sees that damage or decay is far enough gone that it will begin damaging the tooth’s pulp, they may suggest a root canal to cure the infection before it becomes more advanced.

What can I expect during a root canal? 
The procedure begins with a local anesthesia which completely numbs the work area to ensure the patient experiences no pain or discomfort. Then, your dentist removes the tooth’s inner tissues and fills the hole left behind with an inert rubber material called gutta percha. Your dentist may suggest a dental crown to fit over the tooth, protecting it and minimizing the chances of future damage.

Root Canal Therapy in La Grange, IL
For more information on root canals, please contact Dr. Carolyn Bronke and Dr. Josephine Puleo in La Grange, IL. Call (708) 354-1335 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!