When a tooth’s pulp gets inflamed or infected from trauma, deep tooth decay, or even extensive dental work, root canal treatment can be the best option for eliminating the infection or decay and saving the natural tooth. Unfortunately, root canals have an unfair reputation for being painful, however, that’s not the case. The procedure is no more uncomfortable than getting a filling and our Naperville endodontist and dentists use innovative techniques and technology for stress-free, painless root canals. If you think or have been told you’re in need of a root canal, schedule a visit at Naperville Dental Specialists online or by calling us at (630) 848-2010.
What is a Root Canal?
Root canal treatment, technically called endodontic treatment, treats issues with the tooth’s pulp. The pulp is located in the center of the tooth and is made of living tissue, blood vessels, and cells, including nerve cells, which is why an infection or inflammation in that area can be so unbearably painful. Even if the pain temporarily disappears on its own, the infection will still be there. If not treated, it can result in a dental abscess and even spread beyond the tooth into other areas of the body.
During root canal treatment, the dentist or endodontist removes the infection or decay, which also stops your pain and can help save your natural tooth and prevent it from needing to be extracted.
So, how do you know if you need root canal treatment? You should schedule a visit with a Naperville general dentist for an evaluation if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Severe, constant tooth pain
- Pressure in your mouth
- Swelling in your gums or face
- Extreme gum sensitivity
- Sharp pain when biting
- Sensitivity to heat and cold
- An abscess on the gums
- Tooth discoloration or darkening
We’ll start by taking x-rays of your tooth and then a dentist will perform an exam. If you do need a root canal, we can usually complete the procedure in a single visit. Your dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding area with an anesthetic. Once this kicks in, you won’t feel a thing! However, if you have anxiety about the procedure, we also offer sedation dentistry to ensure you’re completely relaxed and comfortable.
When the tooth is numb, the dentist will create a small opening in the tooth’s surface. They’ll use tiny instruments to remove the nerve and infected pulp tissue from the pulp chamber and root canals. They’ll then clean and disinfect the inside of the tooth before filling it with a special, biocompatible material.
To prevent future infection, the dentist will seal off the opening they created in the tooth. The majority of patients will also need a restoration like a dental crown in order to protect the tooth and restore its strength and function.
After root canal treatment, your tooth can be a little bit sensitive for a few days. An over-the-counter pain reliever is usually effective for managing the mild discomfort. We recommend avoiding biting down on any hard food with the affected tooth until the tenderness subsides.
Naperville Root Canal Treatment
If you’re experiencing tooth pain, pressure, swelling, or sensitivity, schedule a visit at Naperville Dental Specialists. We’ll determine the cause of your discomfort. If root canal treatment is needed, our expert dentists will ensure the process is painless. Book your appointment today online or by calling us at (630) 848-2010.
Root canal treatment has a success rate of around 95%.
More than 15 million root canals are performed in the United States every year.
One study found that people with an untreated dental infection were three times more likely to have acute coronary syndrome.