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Many people consider a root canal treatment to be potentially an unpleasant experience. You might even feel a few butterflies fluttering in your stomach if we were to recommend one for you.
But there’s nothing actually to dread about this common and very effective treatment. The procedure doesn’t cause pain; in fact, it most likely relieves tooth pain. What’s more, it could save a tooth that would be otherwise lost.
The name comes from narrow passageways extending from the tip of the root to the innermost tooth pulp. The pulp contains nerves and other structures once vital to early tooth development. And although they’re not as important in a fully mature tooth, those nerves still function. In other words, they can still feel stimulation or pain.
That shouldn’t be a problem with a healthy tooth. But if tooth decay invades the inner pulp, those nerves now under attack will begin firing. You’ll know something’s wrong. As bad as it feels, though, the toothache isn’t your worst problem: if the decay isn’t stopped, it can spread through the root canals to the bone that could eventually lead to losing the tooth.
A root canal treatment removes the decayed pulp tissue and protects the tooth from re-infection. We first deaden the tooth and surrounding tissues with a local anesthesia and set up a rubber dam around the tooth to protect it from contamination from the surrounding environment. We then drill a small access hole through the enamel and dentin to reach the pulp chamber and root canals.
Using special instruments, we remove all the diseased tissue from the pulp and flush out the empty chamber and root canals with antibacterial solutions. After re-shaping the root canals, we fill them and the pulp chamber with gutta-percha, a rubber-like biocompatible material that conforms well to the root canal walls. We seal the gutta-percha with adhesive cement and then fill the access hole. Later, we’ll give the tooth further protection with a custom crown.
After the procedure, you may experience short-term minor discomfort usually manageable with over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen. The good news, though, is that the excruciating nerve pain from within the tooth will be gone—and your tooth will have a new lease on life.
If you would like more information on saving a problem tooth with root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Root Canal Treatment: What You Need to Know.”
Root canals offer a very effective way to treat inflammations and infections in a tooth and prevent tooth loss. Lindenhurst, IL, dentist Dr. Brian Gniadek shares signs that may occur if you can benefit from a root canal.
One or more of these symptoms may be a sign of trouble
Toothaches are common if you need a root canal. Because you can't tell if a cavity, gum disease, an infection or another condition is responsible for your pain, you'll need to visit our Lindenhurst office for an examination and X-ray.
It's never a good idea to overlook pain, even if it seems fairly mild. Although sinus congestion can cause tooth pain, the pain usually goes away in a few weeks. Pain due to an inflammation or infection doesn't get better without treatment. If you need a root canal, you may notice that chewing on the tooth or taking a gulp of hot coffee or ice water can temporarily increase your pain.
If the severity of your pain increases suddenly and substantially, you might have an abscess in the tooth. Abscesses are bacterial infections that can cause swollen lymph nodes, fever, facial swelling or a small pus-filled bump on your gum. Because abscesses are dental emergencies, you'll need to call us immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
Other signs that may indicate that you need a root canal can include darkening of the tooth or red, swollen gums around your tooth.
Root canal therapy can ease your pain
When an inflammation or infection affects the soft pulp at the center of your tooth, the only way to treat the condition is with a root canal. Although many people assume that root canals are painful, difficult procedures, the therapy is actually very similar to filling cavities.
After your tooth is opened, the pulp is removed, and the root canals that give the procedure its name are cleaned and shaped with tiny files. Before you receive a temporary filling, an antibiotic will be added to the tooth to prevent infection. In most cases, you'll return to our Lindenhurst office in about a week to receive a permanent filling. Once your pulp is removed, you'll no longer feel any pain, although it may take a week or two for sensitivity to decrease.
Ignoring pain or changes in a tooth is never a good idea. Call Lindenhurst, IL, dentist Dr. Brian Gniadek at (847) 265-9070 if you experience any of the above signs.