If you’ve been experiencing tooth pain, sensitivity to hot and cold foods, pain while chewing or a severe generalized headache, there may be a possibility you need root canal therapy. Any of these symptoms could indicate a problem within the pulp of a tooth and should be addressed by a dentist as soon as possible. At Renken Dentistry, we’re dedicated to providing our Taylorville IL patients with the best possible care. If you or a loved one is experiencing pain, contact us today to schedule an exam!
Although the term “root canal” has been associated with the dental procedure, the root canal is actually part of your tooth’s anatomy. It’s a small chamber within your tooth that runs from the tooth’s crown to the root and houses blood supply and nerves. Root canals can easily become infected due to cracked teeth, failed older dental fillings or deep cavities that allow bacteria to enter and become trapped within the chamber. As the infection becomes worse, it can progress down to the root or become an abscessed tooth.
Many Taylorville IL patients become nervous when they hear the term root canal, thinking it’s a painful procedure. However, with the advancements made in dental care, the procedure is fairly quick, straightforward, and no more painful than having a cavity filled. In the past, a tooth with a root canal infection would need to be pulled; with the procedure, we’re able to save the tooth and effectively relieve your pain. To confirm you need root canal therapy, one of our dentists will take an x-ray of your tooth’s root to determine if it’s been compromised.
If you do need this procedure, your dentist will remove the damaged pulp and thoroughly clean and disinfect the canal, then seal it with a dental filling. In some cases, depending on the extent of the damage to your tooth, it may be necessary to place a dental crown to strengthen the tooth. Even if you’re experiencing symptoms of a root canal infection, there’s a possibility that it may be a deep cavity or another issue, so it’s important to have one of our dentists take a look as soon as possible, as dental issues that go unaddressed may impact your general health.
No one is ever excited to hear they need a root canal procedure but having a skilled and friendly team who prioritizes your health and comfort will make the situation more pleasant! Whether you need root canal therapy or just a cavity filling, we’ll help relieve your pain and get your dental health back on track. Give us a call today at 217-483-7177 to book your appointment or request a date that works best for you through our convenient online form.