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A toothache can ruin anyone’s day, especially when it begins out of the blue. However, your dentist can help you take care of your toothache and avoid extraction with a root canal. Do you need a root canal for your damaged or decayed tooth? Find out with help from Dr. Roman Dziubyk and Dr. Lorelei Grise' at Suburban Family Dental in Des Plaines, IL.
When is a root canal necessary?
A root canal, also sometimes referred to as endodontic treatment, becomes necessary when the soft tissue, or tooth pulp, inside of the canals of the tooth becomes inflamed, damaged, or infected. This can occur due to several reasons, including decay, trauma to the tooth, a tooth weakened by repetitive dental procedures, or a crack, chip, or break in the tooth. A root canal removes the tissue from the tooth then fills the tooth with a composite material. Dentists often place a dental crown on top of a tooth with a root canal to protect it.
What does a dental crown have to do with a root canal?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped porcelain cap which fits over the top of a tooth. A dental laboratory creates the crown and customizes its design based on an impression of your mouth to ensure a perfect fit and natural appearance. The laboratory requires several weeks to prepare the crown for placement, meaning that your dentist may place a temporary crown until the laboratory completes the final restoration. The crown helps protect the tooth from further damage.
Root Canal Therapy in Des Plaines, IL
If you think a root canal could be the right dental procedure for you, you should consult with your dentist to ensure that this is the best treatment option for your situation. For more information on root canals or dental crowns, please contact Dr. Dziubyk and Dr. Grise' at Suburban Family Dental in Des Plaines, IL. Call (847) 640-0778 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
Find out how a root canal can actually save your tooth.
Chances are pretty good that you’ve heard of a root canal before, but what do you actually know about it? If you are shrugging your shoulders, it’s a good thing our Des Plaines, IL dentists, Dr. Roman Dziubyk and Dr. Lorelei Grise', are here to give you a little insight into the purpose of a root canal and why it’s an important procedure if you have a damaged or infected tooth.
A root canal will often be something one of our Des Plaines general dentists will recommend if a tooth is dealing with severe decay, trauma or an infection that has affected the health of the inside portion of the tooth (also known as the dental pulp). When the dental pulp becomes inflamed or infected this often causes tooth pain. This pain may be persistent and throbbing or you may only notice pain when eating food. This pain is a major sign that you need to visit us right away for care.
Getting a root canal will preserve the tooth and often prevent the need for a tooth extraction, which is a major benefit. After all, we are pretty sure most people don’t want to have to go through the time and expense of having a tooth removed and then needing to choose an expensive restoration to replace the tooth. Getting a root canal when you need it most can actually save you from more expensive and invasive procedures later.
What goes into getting a root canal?
This is the million-dollar question that is on most patients’ minds before getting a root canal. We are happy to report that getting a root canal is really no more invasive than getting a dental filling. Plus, if you are dealing with dental pain, you’ll also be happy to hear that this treatment will finally give you the relief you deserve.
A root canal, like many procedures, is performed under local anesthesia. This means that the area will be numb during this procedure so you won’t feel a thing. Then we will drill through the hard outer layers of the tooth until we reach the inside. Then we will remove the infected tissue that has been causing you all that pain before filling and rebuilding the tooth. Most teeth that get a root canal will also require a custom dental crown.
Whether you have questions about your upcoming root canal or you need to schedule your routine cleaning turn to the dental experts at Suburban Family Dental in Des Plaines, IL. We are here for your whole family.
“You need a root canal,” isn’t something you want to hear during a dental visit. But whatever your preconceptions about it may be, the fact is root canal treatments don’t cause pain — they alleviate it. What’s more, it may be your best chance to save a tooth that’s at high risk for loss.
First of all, root canal treatments address a serious problem that may be occurring inside a tooth — tooth decay that’s infiltrated the pulp chamber. If it’s not stopped, the decay will continue to advance through the root canals to the bone and weaken the tooth’s attachment. To access the pulp and root canals we first administer a local anesthesia and then create an opening in the tooth, typically in the biting surface.
After accessing the pulp chamber, we then remove all the pulp tissue and clean out any infection. Â We then fill the empty pulp chamber and root canals with a special filling and seal the opening we first created. The procedure is often followed some weeks later with a laboratory made crown that permanently covers the tooth for extra protection against another occurrence of decay and protects the tooth from fracturing years later.
Besides stopping the infection from continuing beyond the roots and saving the tooth from loss, root canal treatments also alleviate the symptoms caused by decay, including tenderness and swelling of surrounding gum tissue and sensitivity to hot and cold foods or pressure when biting down. And, it reduces pain — the dull ache or sometimes acute pain from the tooth that may have brought you to our office in the first place.
General dentists commonly perform root canal treatments; in more complicated cases they’re performed by an endodontist, a specialist in root canal treatments. Afterward, any discomfort is usually managed with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) such as ibuprofen or aspirin.
Root canal treatments are a common procedure with a high rate of success. Undergoing one will end the pain and discomfort your infected tooth has caused you; more importantly, your tooth will gain a new lease on life.
If you would like more information on root canal treatments, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Common Concerns about Root Canal Treatment.”