Root canal treatment a common dental procedure, used to remove damaged or infected pulp from the inside of a tooth. With today's technology, root canal treatment is predictable, efficient, highly successful, and typically painless. However, root canal treatment has an unfortunate reputation as a painful or even risky procedure. For this reason, many people avoid seeing the dentist when they have a toothache.
In reality, root canal treatment is nothing to fear. Additionally, not every toothache requires root canal treatment. Signs that you may need a root canal include:
- a broken tooth
- darkening of the entire tooth that is not affected by whitening
- swelling around the tooth
- sensitivity to heat or cold
- pain when you push on or bite down on the tooth
Any of these problems may be a sign of damage to the soft dental pulp, which is located in the center of the tooth. Dental pulp contains nerves, which can become unusually sensitive if there is injury or inflammation. This can cause severe and chronic or recurring toothaches. However, the tooth in need of root canal treatment is not always painful. Sometimes your dentist may detect a fracture or other damage during a checkup before the toothaches even begin. In these cases, root canal treatment can help you avoid the pain of toothaches.
What to expect during the procedure
If you listen to the abundant myths and rumors about root canal treatment, then you probably expect a horrible experience. In reality, it's very similar to having a cavity filled. We start by numbing the tooth so the procedure is painful. Next, your dentist will remove the damaged or diseased tissues, and sterilize the canals. The tooth is filled then sealed so that reinfection does not occur. Finally, in honor of its heroic journey it will be crowned. We will design a beautiful porcelain crown that will protect the tooth, restore its functionality, and complete your dazzling smile.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call Big Smile Dental in Chicago at 773-772-8400.