Few dental procedures are as misunderstood as root canal therapy. Many Spaulding, IL patients worry about a lengthy, painful procedure, but modern treatment is quick and no more uncomfortable than a cavity filling. The procedure is straightforward and designed to alleviate pain. It can also save more severely decayed teeth, preventing the need for extraction. If you need root canal therapy, there’s nothing to fear! Our experienced team will ensure you’re comfortable throughout the entire process. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.
The term “root canal” has become associated with the procedure itself, but root canals are a structure within teeth. The procedure is called a pulpectomy. Root canals are small channels that run from the crown of a tooth down to the bottom of the root. The chamber houses the nerve of the tooth, soft tissues, and blood vessels. This is called the pulp. The pulp can become infected from deep cavities, cracks, or breaks. Pulp infections can cause tooth pain, temperature sensitivity, tooth discoloration, or gum swelling and tenderness. It’s important to note some patients have no symptoms at all – which is one reason routine exams are so necessary! Root canal infections that are left untreated can progress into an abscess, a dental emergency that can be harmful to your overall health.
If it turns out you need a pulpectomy, your dentist will begin by administering a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable during the procedure. If you feel nervous, we also offer sedation with nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. Your dentist will then drill a hole into the tooth and remove the damaged nerve and pulp. After cleaning the tooth, your dentist will place a cavity filling to seal the tooth. In some cases, your dentist may want to place a crown. A crown will help stabilize the structure of the tooth and restore your ability to chew normally.
No one’s ever excited to learn that they need a pulpectomy, but if you do, you’ll be happy you chose Renken Dentistry. Our team of dental professionals are highly experienced and committed to your health and comfort. We offer a wide range of services in house, from general dentistry to cosmetic, so there’s never a need to go anywhere else. If you’ve been searching for a “dentist near me” in the Spaulding, IL area, give us a call at 217-483-7177 or schedule your appointment online.