A root canal is a procedure for preserving a tooth that has become severely infected or damaged. A root canal makes it possible to avoid having the tooth extracted. The affected tooth is made stronger so that it can perform regular biting and chewing functions again. If you have extreme pain or sensitivity in a tooth, you may need a root canal from Gentle Dental Care here in Mount Prospect. Read on to learn more.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure for restoring a severely damaged or infected tooth rather than pulling it out. A root canal is performed when the soft pulp material at the center of a tooth becomes infected or damaged. In many cases, the infection or damage extends down into the root of the tooth. In the case of infection, performing a root canal is necessary to stop the infection from spreading beyond the tooth.
The root canal procedure is performed in a manner similar to treating a cavity. A primary difference is that treatment is needed deep inside the tooth with a root canal, whereas cavities affect teeth near the surface. During a root canal, damaged or infected pulp is removed from the center of the tooth and the canals of the root. The interior of the tooth and root is then cleaned out. Finally, the tooth and root are filled and sealed with a dental filling.
Following the root canal procedure, a dental crown might also be placed over the tooth to further strengthen and protect it. Either way, the tooth will be strong enough to bite and chew food again without pain or sensitivity.
Signs That a Root Canal is Needed
Certain oral symptoms can be signs that you may need a root canal. It is essential that you do not ignore these signs. Without prompt treatment, the affected tooth might need to be extracted. Having a root canal performed at our Mount Prospect office in a timely manner can save the tooth from extraction. Signs that a root canal is needed include:
- A toothache that is severe or persistent
- Ongoing tooth sensitivity to hot or cold items
- Darkening or discoloration of the affected tooth
- Sensitivity or pain when biting or chewing food
- Gum swelling or tenderness near the affected tooth
Concerned? Give Us a Call
Do not ignore the signs that you may need a root canal. After all, seeing a dentist as soon as possible can restore your tooth and help you avoid extraction. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mui to find out if you need a root canal, call Gentle Dental Care in Mount Prospect at (847) 253-5901.