Root Canal Therapy (Endodontic Treatment)
Root Canal Therapy (Endodontic Treatment) is a highly specialized dental procedure that becomes necessary when the “heartbeat” of the tooth becomes damaged or diseased. Root Canal Therapy, one of the most common dental procedures performed, will remedy the disease as well as alleviate any associated discomfort and swelling.
It is uncommon for patients who have undergone Root Canal Therapy to experience complications after a routine endodontic treatment. However, if a problem does occur we are available to respond and tend to your specific needs. In order prevent further decay of the affected tooth, and to assure that the treatment is long-lasting, a continued commitment to good dental hygiene is of the utmost importance.
What is a Root Canal?
The root canal is the passageway through to the center of the tooth where the pulp is located. The nerve of the tooth lies within the root canal. Due to infection or decay, a root canal treatment (sometimes referred to as root canal therapy) may be required to properly remove the infection or decay and preserve the tooth. If the tooth is left untreated repeated infection may occur, and permanent loss of the tooth (through extraction) may be the only remaining option. It is vital to treat infection and perform root canal therapy immediately after the problem is discovered. Doing so will offer the best chance of saving the majority of the tooth and also offer the most attractive results after treatment. Your dentist will explain the procedure in its entirety during your consultation.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
During root canal treatment, we begin by numbing the tooth. This is the same procedure as when fillings are placed. We then remove the unhealthy nerve and medicate the tooth to treat the infection (bacterial abscess). After the infection is treated and removed, a filling is placed in the roots where the unhealthy nerve was located.
Is My Tooth Different After a Root Canal?
Yes. Because the damaged nerve was removed and the tooth experienced infection, the tooth is now more brittle than before. Thus, it must be crowned to preserve it. Once the crown is in place, continue treating it the same as the remaining natural teeth by brushing and flossing daily and keeping up with regular preventative care through your semi-annual cleanings and annual examinations with our office.
What is Endodontics?
If you are experiencing pain from an infected tooth or have questions about Root Canal Therapy, call our dental office today at (815) 741-1700 to schedule an appointment at the location nearest to you or to learn more about treatment options.
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Advanced Family Dental & Orthodontics, PC & Affiliates is a full service general dentistry practice with specialty care in the areas of orthodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, Invisalign and more.