Did you know that each of your teeth has interior pulp? It's true. Under the outer enamel and second hard layer called dentin lies a soft material containing nerves, blood supply and connective tissue. Due to deep decay or trauma, this pulp may become infected. That's where root canal therapy from your Naperville dentist, Dr. Joon Sun, comes in. At White Eagle Family Dentistry, Dr. Sun saves and restores teeth compromised by oral injury and/or infection with this safe and comfortable restorative treatment. Do you need a root canal?
What root canal therapy involves
Instead of extracting a tooth, your Naperville dentist may be able to extract the diseased portion, seal the tooth and crown it. That's the gist of root canal therapy.
Also called endodontic therapy, a root canal treatment takes just two appointments of one hour each. Performed with locally injected anesthetic, the process removes the diseased pulp with a series of tiny files, adds a rubbery sealant called gutta-percha to each of the interior root canals, and fits the tooth with a realistic porcelain crown.
While many people think root canal therapy is agonizing, in reality, it does not hurt, and recovery is quick. As a matter of fact, endodontic therapy relieves the many difficult symptoms associated with a dental abscess or fracture.
When you need a root canal
Most people know something is wrong. See your Naperville dentist immediately if you have:
- A serious tooth fracture
- Deep discoloration of tooth enamel
- Dental sensitivity to hot or cold foods
- A sharp pain when you bite or chew
- Jaw swelling
- Gum redness or puffiness
- Persistent bad breath not relieved with mouth rinses or brushing your teeth
- Bad-tasting drainage
- Throbbing toothache pain
Dr. Sun will X-ray and inspect your tooth to confirm if a root canal treatment is advisable. If it is, rest assured your tooth will be protected, strengthened and preserved for many additional years of service.
The American Association of Endodontists states that people who undergo root canal therapy describe it as comfortable and much easier than any extraction procedures they may have had. Also, saving a natural tooth avoids smile gaps, replacement procedures and the gum and bone recession which happens after getting a tooth pulled.
At White Eagle Family Dentistry, you're assured of the finest endodontic therapy in Naperville. If you're concerned about a tooth, don't delay. Call Dr. Sun's friendly office team for an appointment: (630) 978-9005.