What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a dental therapy treatment that many patients from Bloomingdale Illinois take advantage of because it offers a very high rate of success of solving a number of dental health issues. So how does this procedure work? The root canal procedure involves removing the diseased tissue, halting the spread of infection and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth. By having this treatment as an option, many times Dr. Sama and her staff are able to save a problem tooth instead of just extracting it.
A root canal can save your tooth that has been severely damaged or infected. In fact, it’s one of the best lines of defense when it comes to restoring teeth with:
- Deep cavities
- A history of trauma or braces
- Large fractures or cracks
Dr. Sama wants her patients to know that just because the tooth doesn’t hurt doesn’t mean there’s nothing wrong with it. Some people experience severe toothaches while others have no symptoms at all. If there is reason to suspect an issue, Dr. Sama will want to have an x-ray taken of the tooth to diagnose the underlying condition. Putting the root canal off too long may allow the tooth to continue to erode until it is no longer restorable – the only option left would be to have the tooth pulled.
Here are some signs that can significantly show when you may require root canal treatment:
- You are experiencing unbearable pain when chewing or applying pressure on the affected tooth
- You are experiencing protracted pain when the temperature is hot or cold
- You see a darkening of the tooth – most commonly you will see the tooth is turning grey in color.
- You are experiencing swollen and/or tender gums for more than a couple days
- You notice the sudden appearance of permanent or intermittent pimples on the gum
- The tooth has become abscessed, meaning, a tooth pulp has died and a pus pocket has been formed around the root’s edge