Basics to Know About Root Canals

Not that long ago, a tooth with a diseased nerve usually meant losing the tooth. Fortunately, there have been many great advancements in the field of dentistry in the past decade.  Dental practices are now using the most technologically advanced equipment and state of the art procedures. This means an infected tooth or diseased nerve can now easily be treated with a root canal. Root canals are a common procedure for any dentist, usually requiring one to three appointments.

Perhaps surprisingly, when a tooth emerges through the gums, the nerves no longer are of great importance. Their main function at this stage is simply to recognize hot and cold sensations. Lacking these nerves will not have a significant impact on the daily functioning of the tooth that will be noticeable.

When a tooth cracks or contains a cavity, bacteria have an opening to enter the pulp tissue. Germs are now able to move around the mouth and cause an infection inside the tooth. This must be addressed quickly to avoid a possible abscess. If the infected tissue is left untreated, it will eventually cause pain, and the tooth may need to be extracted.

It is important to know that a tooth in need of a root canal will not always cause pain. Signs and symptoms a procedure may be necessary include a toothache or pain while chewing. Also, if you notice sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures for any length of time or discoloration of the tooth, a root canal may be in order.

As mentioned earlier, a root canal usually necessitates one to three office visits. The procedure involves the removal of the gum tissue that has been affected. The inside of the tooth will then be completely cleaned and sealed. Finally, the tooth is filled with a dental composite.

For a severely decayed tooth, the dentist may decide to embed a crown. This will help strengthen the area and protect it from breakage. Diligently caring for your teeth and gums by regularly brushing and flossing can keep your restored teeth in great shape for years.

If you have any questions or suspect you may need root canal therapy, call the office of Dr. Scott Malik at (847) 724-1771 for an appointment. Dr. Malik and his professional staff will assess your situation and provide you with the very best treatment plan.  They strive to always have your teeth looking and feeling their best. Visit their website to discover all the services they provide for you and your family.