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What your dentists in Glenview, IL, want you to know about root canal therapy
If your tooth hurts, sometimes it’s difficult to know what to do. Do you need a filling? Should you get the tooth taken out? Do you need a root canal? The first step is visiting your dentist and your dentist will know what to do.
Your dentists at Glenview Family Dental in Glenview, IL, want to share the facts about root canal therapy and how it can help you keep your whole smile.
So, how do you know if you need a root canal? If you have already had a filling placed, and you still feel pain, you can benefit from root canal therapy. If you have not had a filling placed, you may need a root canal if you notice these signs and symptoms:
- Sharp, stabbing pain when you bite down
- Chronic throbbing pain and pressure in your tooth
- Severe pain after consuming hot and cold foods or drinks
Your tooth may also be infected if you notice changes in your gums around the tooth. You should look for:
- Redness and swelling in your gums near the tooth root
- A white or red bump in your gums near the tooth root
- Drainage or pus coming from your gums near the tooth root
When you visit your dentists at Glenview Family Dental, x-rays will be taken, along with vitality and temperature testing of the painful tooth. With these tests, your dentist will know for sure whether you need a root canal.
If you do need a root canal, the procedure is easier than you think. A small opening is created in the top of your tooth, and the infected tissue inside your tooth is drawn out through the opening. A sedative material is placed inside your tooth which reduces inflammation and pressure. After your tooth has calmed down completely, your dentist will fill your tooth with an inert material and the tooth will be permanently sealed with a small filling. That’s it! You are free of dental pain, and you still have your complete smile!
If you think you may need a root canal, it’s time to visit your dentists at Glenview Family Dental in Glenview, IL. They are the experts, and are ready to help you and your smile, so call today!
It’s often said that thereâ??s a first time for everything: Driving a car by yourself; getting your first “real” job; even… having a root canal?
Now don’t get us wrong — we’re not wishing that anyone should go through a medical procedure, no matter how minor. Yet the fact remains: A root canal procedure is one of the most common treatments performed in many dental offices… and, especially for first-timers, it’s one of the most misunderstood.
Let’s start off with the biggest misconception of all. Have you heard that a root canal is an exceptionally painful treatment? Get ready for some news: It just isn’t so. The fact is, in the vast majority of cases, having a root canal procedure is comparable to cavity treatment in terms of discomfort. Yet it brings immediate relief to the intense pain that can result from an infection in the pulp of the tooth. To understand how this works, we need to look a little closer at a tooth’s anatomy.
The hard outer surface of the tooth doesn’t have nerves, so it can’t “feel” any sensations. But deep inside of the tooth lies a bundle of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue called the pulp. Safely sealed off from the outside world, pulp tissue is needed for proper tooth development, but has no essential function in adults. Sometimes, however, a deep cavity or a crack in the tooth allows bacteria to infect this soft tissue. That’s when the tooth’s pulp will let you know it’s still there — by causing the sensation of pain.
Pulp tissue fills a branching network of tiny canal-like passages, which can be compared to the roots of a plant. When infection develops in the root canals, the best treatment is to remove the diseased and dying tissue, clean out and disinfect the passageways, and seal up the area against further infection. This, in essence, is a root canal procedure. It is performed under local anesthesia, so you won’t feel any pain as it’s being done. When it’s over, a crown (cap) will be needed to restore the tooth’s appearance and function.
What happens if you need a root canal but don’t get one? If you can manage to ignore it, the pain may (or may not) eventually cease: This signals that the nerves have died — but the disease still persists. Eventually, it may lead to further infection… a pus-filled abscess… even tooth loss. And that’s a truly bad outcome.
It’s normal to feel a little apprehension before any medial procedure. But don’t let faded myths about the root canal procedure keep you from getting the treatment you need. Remember, root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain — it relieves it!
If you would like more information about root canal treatment, call our office for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “A Step-By-Step Guide To Root Canal Treatment” and “Tooth Pain? Don't Wait!”