The truth about the root canal
There are two things that nobody wants to hear a dentist say. The first is “oops…” and the second is, “you need a root canal.” When you visit Big Smile Dental in Chicago, IL, you won't have to worry about the first. We have an amazing team of extensively trained, experienced dentists for oops-free dentistry. However, we might tell you that you need a root canal. Wait – don't run. It's not that bad. In fact, a root canal procedure is a good thing.
Virtually everyone knows the tall tales about root canals by heart, but many people know very little of the truth. For starters, you already have a root canal – a lot of them in fact. Technically, a root canal is part of a tooth. Although they look solid, teeth have hollow spaces inside for the nerves and other soft tissues. The lower part of this canal, inside of the root, is called the root canal.
How toothaches happen
Ideally, that canal should be a safe place for sensitive tissue, as it is wearing a tooth for a suit of armor. However, all it takes is one chink in the armor – a small, but deep, cavity or even a hairline fracture is like a superhighway for microscopic bacteria. Once inside, the infection causes pressure, irritates the nerve, and generally makes your life miserable any way it can. The problem being, the bacteria are now protected by the tooth. A brush, floss, or even our advanced cleaning tools can't get it out through the tiny hole it entered through.
Since we can't reach the bacteria, we need to create a small opening, which we use to clean out infected tissue, and sterilize the canal. It is then filled, sealed, and possibly crowned. You are numbed before we begin, so the procedure is comfortable. That simple process is the dreaded root canal. Most patients say it's like getting a standard filling, except it takes a little longer. The best part is, once the infection is gone, the toothache is gone. The sensitivity is gone. And you will find that your fear of root canals is gone!
If you have chronic tooth pain, sensitivity, or abscesses, call Big Smile Dental at 773-772-8400 and schedule an appointment. Don't let infection find refuge in your tooth!