Root canal therapy is probably one of the most misunderstood dental procedures. There’s a common misconception that getting a root canal (also called a pulpectomy)is painful. In truth, the procedure is very similar to that of a cavity filling. Pulpectomies are designed to alleviate dental pain and save the infected tooth. If you discover you need a pulpectomy, we can assure you there’s nothing to fear. If you’ve been searching for a “dentist near me” in the Girard, IL area, contact us for an appointment. With our caring, compassionate staff and relaxing spa-like office, you’ll quickly feel at ease.
The term “root canal” is often associated with the procedure, but it’s actually the name of a structure within the tooth. The root canals are small chambers that run from the crown of the tooth to the root. These chambers house the tooth’s nerve and blood supply, known as the pulp. When the nerve tissue or pulp becomes damaged, it begins to break down, allowing bacteria to multiply within the chamber. This can cause an infection or an abscessed tooth. Damage to the pulp can also cause pain, swelling, and bone loss around the tip of the tooth’s root.
How Does It Work
During a pulpectomy, your dentist will drill a small hole into the tooth and remove the infected pulp. They’ll thoroughly clean and disinfect the tooth, then place a cavity filling into the hole. If your tooth has significant damage, your dentist may also recommend placing a dental crown. This will help stabilize the tooth’s structure and allow you to chew normally. If you think you might need a pulpectomy, it’s important to have an exam as soon as possible. A severely infected tooth can progress into an abscess, which can have serious health consequences. Some signs you may need a pulpectomy include:
- Prolonged sensitivity or pain while eating hot or cold foods
- Severe pain while chewing
- A pimple-like spot on the gums
- A dark or discolored tooth
- Swelling or tenderness in the gums
Not all patients have symptoms, so it’s important to have regular exams to make sure your teeth are healthy!
If you’ve been having any type of dental pain, contact us to schedule an appointment. Our dentist will give you a thorough exam and discuss your options. If you feel nervous about the idea of a pulpectomy, we also offer nitrous oxide dental sedation. Give us a call at 217-483-7177 or schedule your appointment online.