Root canal treatment is used to protect against losing damaged teeth and relieve your dental pain. Our dentists in Jefferson Park will perform a root canal when the pulp or root of a tooth becomes inflamed and infected. Pulp damage can occur for a multitude of reasons including tooth injury, deep decay, faulty crown and a cracked or chipped tooth.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure that is only used when nerve of a tooth is severely decayed and can not be repaired in any other way. A root canal is completed by drilling into the tooth and removing the decayed pulp. The treatment can require one or more dental office visits.
Why Does the Pulp Need to Be Removed?
An infected tooth root is not only painful, but can have a large impact on your mouth. When the pulp tissue becomes damaged, it continues to break down, even creating an abscess in some cases. An abcess is a pus-filled sac that forms at the tip of your tooth root after the rest of the root cavity has been affected. This can cause swelling to spread to your face, neck or head and jaw bone loss.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment begins with an x-ray to determine the extent of the infection and shape of the root cavity. A dentist in Jefferson park will begin by applying local anesthesia to numb the tooth from pain and dry the surrounding area. A hole is drilled into the top of the tooth to access the nerve. A series of canal files increasing in size are used to remove the pulp along with decayed bacteria. After the tooth is cleaned it is sealed and a medication may be used to clear up any infection.
Following a Root Canal
As the numbness wears, you may notice slight soreness in the tooth and jaw. A little discomfort is normal for the first few days and can be treated with over the counter pain-relief medication. Contact a dentist immediately if you experience severe pain lasting longer than a few days, visible swelling inside your mouth, if your bite feels uncomfortable or with anything else out of the ordinary.
If you are experiencing symptoms including severe pain when chewing, sensitivity to hot or cold, tooth color darkening or tenderness to surrounding gums, you may be in need of a root canal. Contact our dentists in Jefferson Park to start feeling better immediately!