Some patients get anxious when they hear they need root canal treatment, but we can assure you there’s nothing to fear! A pulpectomy, commonly called root canal therapy, is very similar to having a cavity filling. The procedure is designed to repair your natural tooth and prevent the need for an extraction. Although the procedure has a reputation for being painful, modern techniques have made it comfortable and relatively fast. Having a pulpectomy will eliminate the pain you’ve had from the damaged tooth. If you’ve been searching for a dentist near me in the Sherman, IL area, give us a call today at 217-483-7177 to schedule your appointment!
The root canal is a small channel in the tooth than runs from the crown down to the root. It houses the pulp, which is made up of the tooth’s nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissue. The pulp can become infected from cracked teeth or deep cavities. If left untreated for too long, this infection can worsen and become an abscess, which may require tooth extraction.
During a pulpectomy, your dentist will drill a hole in the crown and remove the infected pulp. They’ll sterilize the tooth and place a cavity filling. If your tooth has more extensive damage, your dentist may also place a crown. This will help stabilize the tooth’s structure and restore your ability to chew on it normally. If you have anxiety during the procedure, we also offer dental sedation to help you feel comfortable and relaxed.
Some of the symptoms that you may need a pulpectomy include:
- A severe toothache while chewing or applying pressure
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages
- Dark discoloration on the tooth
- Gum swelling or tenderness around the affected tooth
- Areas of deep decay on the affected tooth
There may also be no noticeable symptoms, so it’s important to have regular dental exams to keep your teeth strong and healthy. Our entire team is committed to ensuring our Sherman, IL patients have a great experience every time they visit us. See what Gregg E said about his experience with a pulpectomy:
“I’ve been absolutely thrilled with the services provided by Renken Dentistry since I moved my account there over a year ago. Today, I had the unfortunate need for an emergency root canal. Dr. Renken and Natalie were amazing. I left a voicemail at 5:45 AM and was in the chair by 8:00 AM. The process was painless. This is consistent with other regular preventative maintenance that they’ve provided. I highly recommend Renken Dentistry.”
If you’re experiencing pain, sensitivity, or other symptoms, give us a call to schedule your appointment. We provide a full range of dental services to help you have a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime. Contact us today at 217-483-7177.