Root canal therapy is probably one of the most common dental procedures that tend to fill patients with anxiety and dread; that’s why we work to educate our patients on the procedure and its amazing ability to save teeth that would otherwise have to be pulled. The procedure itself has come a long way over the years, and while it was once associated with being painful, modern dental advances have made it far quicker and relatively pain-free. If you’ve been having pain while chewing or sensitivity to hot and cold foods, it may be time to schedule an appointment at our Jerome, IL office to evaluate if it’s a cavity or root pulp issue.
Part of eliminating the fear behind root canal therapy (also known as a pulpectomy) is to have a clear understanding of the procedure. Root canals are channels that go from the crown of a tooth to the tip of the root; infections commonly spread to the root canal, and if it progresses, the infection can spread to the root and affect the pulp chamber. Infections that reach the pulp chamber can cause painful abscesses and other health issues.
Before modern dentistry, this type of infection was treated by extracting the tooth; root canal therapy can not only save the tooth but also prevent other problems caused by tooth extraction, like shifting teeth. The procedure is straightforward; your tooth will be numbed with a local anesthetic and an access hole will be drilled into the tooth. Your dentist will remove the contents of the pulp chamber; after the tooth has been cleaned out and irrigated, your dentist will fill it with a dental filling. Depending on the extent of the infection, the procedure could take a couple of visits. Even though this procedure is more involved than a typical cavity repair, most people say it’s no more painful than getting a typical cavity filling.
Whether you need preventive care, such as an exam or cleaning, or you need a dental filling, crown, or orthodontics, we can help. At Renken Dentistry, we offer caring, comprehensive dental care using state-of-the-art technology. We want you to look and feel your healthiest, most confident self! Let us help you transform your oral health. Give us a call today at 217-483-7177 or book an appointment online at our Jerome, IL office.