Root canals or root canal therapy is a dental procedure that involves treating the pulp of a tooth that is infected.
Root canals or root canal therapy is a dental procedure that involves treating the pulp of a tooth that is infected. The pulp, which is made up of living connective tissue, can get infected when a tooth is cracked, or a cavity has gotten so bad that the infection has spread into the pulp of the tooth.
A root canal is a quite common procedure and is necessary to save a tooth once the infection has spread to the pulp. If the tooth is not treated with a root canal, the tooth will need to be extracted.
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How Do You Know if You Need a Root Canal?
To understand if you need a root canal, it is important to understand the different symptoms of the pulp of a tooth that is being infected.
Whether it is good or bad, it will be quite obvious that there is something wrong once the pulp of your tooth becomes infected. This is because you will be experiencing a great deal of discomfort or pain.
A few of the most obvious symptoms of an infected root pulp include:
- Experiencing pain while trying to chew food.
- A change in the shade or color of a tooth.
- An extreme sensitivity to hot or cold foods.
- You have a severe toothache.
- There is swelling with your gums.
- A pain when you apply pressure to the tooth.
If you have any of these symptoms, you should make an appointment with Brechon Dental as soon as possible.
It is also important to know just why a root canal needs to be done. Some of these reasons include:
- You experienced trauma to the tooth.
- The tooth has a fracture.
- There is progressing decay in the tooth.
- A nerve is dead in the tooth.
- An infection has developed.
Do not allow the issue to persist longer than it needs to. Take care of your infected tooth as soon as you can.
Pulpotomy is the term that is usually used for a root canal for a child. Remember, your child’s primary teeth are softer than your adult teeth and are more susceptible to decay. Because of this, they are even more likely to get a tooth infection. Pulpotomies are like root canals for adults. Brechon Dental will decide if a pulpotomy is necessary for your child by inspecting their tooth for decay and infection.
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The Root Canal Procedure
The first step of a root canal is visiting Brechon Dental for an exam. There, we will look at the tooth, and see what the specific issue is. If it is just minor decay, you may only need a cavity filled. If the pulp is infected, though, we will decide on whether the tooth is able to be saved or not.
Once we make the decision to proceed with a root canal, we will start the treatment by first administering a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and immediate area. We can also add a dental sedation if we find it necessary to address addition discomfort or anxiety. Next, we will remove all the damaged pulp. Once the pulp chamber and roots are empty, we will disinfect the root canal system. When the inside of the tooth is clean, a rubbery like filling will be used fill the system and then we will seal the tooth to prevent any further infection. If the tooth has a significant amount of decay, Brechon Dental may decide to place a dental crown to ensure the strength of the tooth.
There is no special aftercare that is necessary after a root canal. It is important, though, for you to contact us if there are any complications after the procedure. If you notice any discomfort, swelling or pressure that lasts for a few days, this might be due to a possible infection. Contact Brechon Dental to make an appointment if this is the case.
Is A Root Canal Painful?
Relative to having the pain from an infection in the pulp of a tooth, the actual procedure to remove the infection is painless. Do not allow fear of a root canal prevent you from getting the proper care that your tooth needs. If you do not get a root canal, you will risk the tooth being damaged to the point where it can no longer be repaired. At this point the only option will be extraction.
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Brechon Dental is a family-owned dental clinic at 115 W. Lincoln Ave. in Belvidere, Illinois, 61008. Our highly compassionate staff and dentists are genuinely dedicated to your dental care and your healthy smile. When you visit us in our newly designed office, we focus on making your experience with our staff comfortable and rewarding. We wish for you to leave your visit smiling, with teeth that are healthier and brighter. From regular examinations and dental cleanings to a variety of cosmetic procedures, our goal is to provide you with only the best in dental care and treatments so that you achieve and maintain a smile you are proud of. We want you to have convenient access to dental care by accepting most major insurances and offering financing options. Call 815-491-8032 to schedule your appointment with Brechon Dental today.