What Is A Root Canal?

by | May 10, 2016 | Dentist

To save a badly infected or damaged tooth it may be necessary for an endodontist to perform a root canal. A root canal in Chicago involves the removal of soft inner tissue of a tooth; this tissue is called the “pulp.”

When is it necessary to have a root canal?

The most common causes of damage to the tooth pulp are:

* An untreated tooth cavity resulting in deep decay
* A number of dental procedures on the same tooth
* A significant chip or crack in or on the tooth
* A significant impact which can result from any type of mishap

There are a number of symptoms’ which indicate that a root canal may be necessary, they include extreme pain, swelling and a feeling of heat in the affected area. Usually a general dentist will confirm the necessity of a root canal in Chicago and refer the patient to an endodontist for treatment.

What is the procedure?

Depending on the condition of the tooth, a root canal can be completed in one or two treatments, modern endodontic treatment is similar to having a filling and the patient can expect the experience to be comfortable. The procedure is quite straight forward:

* Anesthetic: The gum will be numbed in the area of the affected tooth, once the medication has taken effect; a local anesthetic will be injected. Although the patient remains awake during the treatment, he or she will feel no pain.

* Remove the pulp: The top of the tooth will be removed using a dental drill. Once the infected pulp is exposed it is carefully and completely removed using a series of tiny files.

* Antibiotics: The area will be treated with a topical antibiotic to ensure that the infection is totally eliminated.

* Filling: Once the root canal in Chicago is completed the tooth will be temporarily filled. A few days later the temporary filling will be removed and replaced with a permanent filling and a crown will be placed on the tooth.

With good oral hygiene, teeth that have had a root canal can last a lifetime. Contact Dental Specialists of South Loop & North Shore at www.endoperiosurg.com.

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