Chicago, IL (October, 2014) – Okay, we understand. If you’ve been told that you need a root canal procedure, you might not be throwing a party to celebrate. But, maybe you should be. Why?
Because that means your tooth is savable, and your ordeal of infections and pain is nearly over.
In urban legends and modern day mythology, the root canal has been cast as the villain. You might be surprised to learn that the reality is exactly the opposite. Infection, bacteria, and damaged tissues lurk in the dark depths of canals and chambers inside of the tooth. Damaged nerves can cause pain, infection builds up pressure causing pressure sensitivity, and you may get abscess pockets… The root canal is a simple, comfortable procedure that restores the tooth’s health, and ends your misery.
In the center of every tooth is a space filled with material called dental pulp. This pulp is fragile, but it is normally protected by hard tooth material. Unfortunately, injury, cavities, or excessive wear can leave it susceptible to damage. Without treatment, the infection can spread, and eventually cost you your tooth. The solution is a root canal treatment.
What the procedure involves
Root canal treatment is actually a lot like a typical tooth filling. The team at Big Smile Dental is dedicated to providing gentle treatment and a wonderful patient experience. We begin by completely numbing the area, so you should feel no more than a vague pressure at most. The dentist then creates a very small opening in the crown (visible part) of the tooth.
Specially designed tools are used to access the pulp chamber and root canals, which are the spaces inside your tooth that house sensitive tissue. All of the damaged and infected dental pulp is removed, and then medicine is added to eliminate any remaining bacteria. Once this is done, the cause of your problems is removed.
The last step is restoring the tooth. First, the root canal is filled and sealed, so that bacteria cannot re-enter. Finally, the initial access opening is repaired with a cosmetic filling or crown. In most cases, a crown is recommend because it shrouds the tooth and protects it from damage.
If you are in pain, don’t wait. The sooner you seek treatment, the sooner you will be back to smiling. Call us at 773-772-8400 to schedule an appointment.