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Dealing with a Toothache?

A root canal may be the best option for getting rid of your dental pain for good.

A toothache is an issue that our Lindenhurst, IL, dentist, Dr. Brian Gniadek, sees often, and it’s one that should never go ignored. In fact, a toothache is considered a dental emergency. “Why?” you ask? Well, a tooth doesn’t just hurt without a reason—there is something causing the pain. After all, the outer sections of the tooth (e.g. the enamel and dentin layers) do not have any nerve endings; therefore, we know that this area of the tooth isn’t affected.

However, when we go deeper inside the tooth, there is a structure known as the dental pulp that does contain nerves. When the pulp has been infected or inflamed due to decay, infection or injury then the best approach will be to perform a root canal to remove the damaged pulp and to prevent the damage from spreading.


What is a root canal?

While most people have heard of a root canal, they don’t often know what this procedure entails. Let us demystify the experience for you. First of all, this treatment is really no more invasive than getting a tooth filled, and it aims to remove the source of pain, prevent the spread of infection to other areas of the mouth, and eliminate the need for a tooth extraction in the future. It’s a minor procedure performed right here in our office under local anesthesia. Once the area is thoroughly numb, our Lindenhurst general dentist will use a special tool to access the inside of the tooth.

Once inside the tooth, we can easily extract the infected dental pulp (the source of your pain). After this pulp is removed we will disinfect the inside of the tooth to remove any remaining bacteria (this will prevent another infection from brewing). Now that the tooth is treated, the goal is to rebuild the tooth so that it’s as strong as it can possibly be.

To do this we will apply a special material inside the root canals and the tooth. This will prevent bacteria from entering the tooth again, while simultaneously strengthening the tooth structure as well. From there, we will often need to place a dental crown over the tooth to restore full chewing and biting function. The dental crown will need to be custom-made to fit over your tooth, so while the permanent crown is being made, we will place a temporary crown over the tooth.


Give us a call!

Here at Dr. Brian Gniadek & Associates, we are proud to serve the citizens of Elmhurst, Lindenhurst, Lake Villa, Antioch, and West Lake County, IL. If you are experiencing a toothache turn to the dental experts who can provide your smile with the urgent, attentive care you need. Call our Elmhurst office today at (847) 265-9070.