If you have a toothache, see a dentist. It seems very simple, yet many people don't do it. Instead, they just let the tooth hurt. They might be too busy, or maybe they think if they ignore the toothache, it will go away. Then there is the fact that most people are terrified of hearing the words, “You need root canal treatment.” What does that even mean?
Separating fact from fiction
We know, you have probably heard horror stories about root canals. You've probably heard about alien abductions too, but it's not likely you lay awake at night worrying about them. Yet you let that toothache ruin your sleep, your ability to eat, and your sunny disposition.
The “evil root canal” is a product of legend, imagination, and stories passed down from the primitive days of dentistry. Today's root canal therapy doesn't deserve to be cast as the villain. In reality, it is the hero of the story, eliminating pain and protecting your tooth. With modern anesthetic techniques, the process is just as comfortable as getting a standard filling.
What happens during the procedure?
Most patients are surprised to learn what root canal treatment at Big Smile Dental in Chicago entails. Rather than the traumatic event they are expecting, it is much like any other dental appointment.
- First, we will ensure that you are comfortable, and completely numb the tooth.
- Next, your dentist will create a very small opening in the upper part of the tooth, which gives access to the infected canals inside.
- Those canals are carefully cleaned out and sterilized, then filled with a natural, rubbery material called gutta percha.
- Finally, the tooth is restored.
Once treatment is complete, your tooth will be protected from reinfection. However, it may be more likely to fracture. This is especially a concern with back teeth, because they absorb most of the force when you bite down. Your dentist may recommend crowning the tooth, which provides complete cosmetic and functional restoration, as well as protecting the tooth from damage.
It's time to put the evil root canal away with the other monsters in the closet, and get some help for your tooth pain. Call 773-772-8400 and schedule an appointment at Big Smile Dental.