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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.
A root canal can preserve the tooth and ensure that it avoids extraction. Luckily, your dentist can help you treat your decayed, damaged, or diseased 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!