A root canal is a procedure in which the dentist makes a small hole in an infected tooth and removes the tooth pulp, which often consists of blood vessels and nerve-endings. Effectively, the procedure ‘deadens’ the tooth and thereby removes the discomfort you have felt.
So the channels within the tooth are filled in with what is called gutta-percha (a resin type) so the tooth is not left hollow and weak. It is sealed with another form of resin after the hole is filled (similar to what is used for a cavity) so that after the root canal, nothing can enter the tooth. Based your dental background, the dentist may or may not agree on a dental crown, depending on the tooth in question.
If I need a root canal, how do I know?
Some of the issues with tooth pain is that it can be difficult to pin down what exactly the problem is. In our ears, we sometimes have only a vaguely sore feeling that we might not even identify with any tooth in particular. Nonetheless, over time, it will begin to become more apparent that your teeth need some treatment. Below are some common indications that may mean that you need a root canal and that you should make a dental appointment to find out for sure as soon as possible.
#1 Persistent pain: If it hurts to put pressure on your tooth over a period of several weeks, whenever you eat, it is not natural and should be tested.
#2 Hot or cold sensitivity: If drinking hot coffee or tea is causing toothache, this indicates that you have a problem. Similarly, if it hurts when you eat or drink something cold and/or you avoid using cold items on one side of your mouth because it causes toothache, you need to make an appointment with your dentist.
#3 Tooth discoloration:Pale/discolored teeth may not necessarily need a root canal. Sometimes it may be due to poor oral hygiene, or due to regularly consuming or drinking foods that are known to cause darkening of the teeth (such as coffee, alcohol, certain spices, etc.), but if the discoloration is limited to a single tooth, it might mean that nerve or blood vessel damage has occurred and you should contact your dentist.
#4 Broken or chipped tooth: This may come by playing sports, constantly eating very hard or crunchy foods, or any variety of items, and so if a tooth has been chipped or broken, it needs to be replaced. Bacteria can get inside the tooth easily and cause an infection. A tooth infection can spread to the bloodstream due to the number of blood vessels in each of our teeth, producing a whole new set of problems! If you have a chipped or broken tooth, call your dentist immediately.
#5 Swollen gums: Anything triggers inflammation if the gums are swollen, sore, and painful. It could mean you have inflammation or something stuck in your gums, so your dentist will have it tested if it hasn’t subsided in a day or two to make sure you don’t need a root canal.
#6 Deeper decay: When decay sets in at the root of a tooth, it will not be healed by a renewed approach to brushing or flossing. Also something as simple as an overlooked cavity can expand and worsen to the point where it’s no longer an option to fix it, and more drastic steps are needed. If you postpone appointments for too long, a root canal can become the only real option open to you.
It’s a priority for us all to keep our smile perfect. Keeping your teeth clean can make your make your life significantly, but frequent dental check-ups will not only keep your mouth clean, but also the rest of your body. Just as we sometimes get a cold, we may need to do dental work occasionally. Doing your best to keep your dental appointments up-to – date would go a long way to help reduce the amount of repair you need!
As a curative measure, it’s never too late to treat a root canal treatment, though. Get in touch with us and we will get you the best root canal dentist in Oak Forest IL for your root canal treatment.