Years back, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve it would probably be lost. However, dentistry has greatly improved with state-of-the-art equipment and new procedures. Now, with root canal treatment, that infected tooth can be saved. Root canals are a non-complicated procedure usually requiring one to three appointments. The good news is that a root canal can save your tooth and keep your smile bright and vibrant!
A Root Canal Can Save the Life of a Tooth
A tooth’s nerve is not a vital function after the tooth is through the gums. Its main job is sensory: to recognize hot and cold sensations. This means the absence of this nerve does not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth in any noticeable way.
When a tooth has a cavity or serious crack, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue. Germs are now free to roam and cause an infection inside the tooth. An abscess may form if this is not treated. If the affected tissue is left as is, pain will become much more likely. Not only can this harm your jawbones but has a negative effect on your overall health. Without proper treatment, the tooth may have to be extracted.
Teeth in need of a root canal therapy do not always ache. Signs and symptoms a root canal may be necessary include a toothache or pain during chewing. Also, if you notice prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures or a dark discoloration of the tooth, you may require root canal therapy.
As stated earlier, a root canal usually involves one to three office visits. During treatment, your dentist will remove the gum tissue that has been affected. Then the inside of the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and sealed. Finally, the tooth is filled with a dental composite.
If your tooth has severe decay, the doctor may want to embed a crown. This will strengthen the area and protect it from breakage. Properly caring for your teeth and gums with regular brushing and flossing can mean your restored teeth will last a lifetime.
In the Glenview area, please call the office of Dr. Malik at (847) 724-1771 for any questions regarding root canal therapy or any other dental concerns.