If you have infected or damaged tooth pulp from a deep cavity or physical trauma, root canal treatment can significantly improve your oral health and alleviate your pain. Alfred Roseroot, DMD, performs exceptional root canal treatments for his patients at Roseroot Dental in Des Plaines, Illinois. Call the office to speak with a friendly team member or book a visit online to get started today.
Root canal treatment is a procedure the team at Roseroot Dental performs to restore a tooth affected with damaged or infected pulp. The pulp is the tissue inside of your tooth and is composed of blood vessels, nerve fibers, and connective tissues. When it becomes infected or inflamed, it pinches the nerves inside your tooth, which can be very painful.
Why would I need root canal treatment?
Some of the conditions that necessitate root canal treatment include:
- Deep cavities (caries)
- Repeated dental procedures
- Deep crack or chip in your tooth
- Physical trauma to your tooth
Any of these conditions can inflame or infect your pulp.
What are the signs that I have damaged tooth pulp?
Some of the symptoms that indicate you might need root canal treatment include:
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold in your tooth
- Discolored or darkened tooth
- Swelling or tenderness in your gums
- Severe pain in your tooth
- Bad taste in your mouth
- Pus around your gumline
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a visit with Roseroot Dental immediately so that the team can determine whether you need root canal treatment.
In some cases, you might need root canal treatment despite not presenting any noticeable symptoms, which is why it’s so important to maintain regular cleanings and exams with the team at Roseroot Dental.
What happens during root canal treatment?
During your root canal treatment, your dentist drills a small access hole in the top of your tooth and uses a series of small files to carefully remove all of the damaged pulp from within.
Once your tooth is free from the problematic pulp, it is cleaned and sterilized, then filled with a rubber-like compound called gutta-percha. Then, the access hole is sealed and you are fitted with a crown.
The whole procedure is performed in a single appointment that takes between 30-90 minutes, depending on the number of teeth you’re having treated.
Are root canal treatments painful?
Root canals have a bad reputation as being painful procedures, but that’s largely due to exaggeration in movies and television shows.
Because of modern anesthetics, root canal treatment is really no more painful than a regular filling and will actually alleviate the pain of your infected or inflamed tooth pulp.
Don’t wait any longer for your root canal treatment. Schedule your visit with Roseroot Dental today by calling the office or booking a visit online.