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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.
If the words “root canal” frighten you, what you probably don't know is that “root canal treatment” doesn't cause pain, it alleviates it — by treating infection deep in the root of your tooth.
- What is a root canal? The central chamber of a tooth contains the living vital tissues comprising the pulp including its nerves and blood vessels. The interior of the tooth's roots containing the pulp make up its root canals.
- How do I know if a tooth has a root canal infection? Symptoms of root canal infection may include sharp, intense pain when you bite down, a dull ache or pressure, or tenderness and swelling in gums near an infected tooth. There may be lingering pain after eating cold or hot foods. However, sometimes an infected tooth may stop hurting and you no longer feel pain. This doesn't mean the infection has gone, only that the nerve may have died. Make an appointment if you suspect that you have any or some of these symptoms.
- Why would a tooth need root canal treatment? If the tissues in the root canal/s become infected or inflamed because of deep decay or trauma to a tooth, root canal treatment is needed to treat the infection and save the tooth. If left untreated, root canal infection can spread into the bone immediately around the root.
- What takes place in a root canal procedure? After a local anesthetic is administered to numb the tooth and surrounding area, a small opening is made in the biting surface for a back tooth, or behind a front tooth. Dead and/or dying tissue is removed from the pulp chamber and the root canals are cleaned, disinfected, and sealed to prevent future infection.
- What can I expect afterwards? Your tooth may feel tender or sensitive for a few days. You can take over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, aspirin or ibuprofen, for example, to relieve pain or discomfort. Contact us if you have pain that lasts more than a few days. A crown is usually needed to protect the tooth following root canal treatment. Further arrangements need to be made for this stage of the procedure. Don't chew on the affected tooth until symptoms subside and the tooth has been restored as necessary.
- Who performs root canal treatment? While all general dentists have received training in endodontic treatment and can perform most endodontic procedures, in complicated situations you may be referred to an endodontist, a specialist in root canal diagnosis and treatment.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your questions about root canal treatment. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Common Concerns About Root Canal Treatment.”