The goal of a pulpectomy, or a root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy), isn’t to inflict pain, as some of our patients may fear. On the contrary, the root canal procedure was created to save severely infected teeth, and alleviate discomfort. Early signs that you may have a diseased tooth include pain and sensitivity. As the infection continues to spread, pus-filled pockets develop inside and eventually form an abscess.
Root canals are small channels that extend from the crown of a tooth down to the tip of the root. It is common for an infection to spread to this inner chamber, full of blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues. If allowed to worsen, an infection can reach the root, and this trauma can affect the pulp.
Your tooth pulp is housed inside the core. This soft tissue is in a hollow area called the pulp chamber which connects to the root through canals (hence we have root canals). Networks of blood vessels nourish the tooth inside these root canals. If an infection in the soft tissue is ignored, this could lead to a serious health problem.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, a root canal treatment may be the solution:
Spontaneous pain or intense throbbing when you attempt to bite or chew.
Increased sensitivity to cold and hot foods.
Traumatic tooth injury or severe decay that has resulted in an abscess forming inside the bone.
At Renken Dentistry, our Springfield, IL root canal dentists perform root canal treatments with a very high rate of success. Our root canal dentists remove the diseased pulp, end the spread of infection, and save the healthy portion of your tooth to end your pain and preserve your smile. For a restorative root canal treatment, book an appointment with our Springfield, IL office.