What to Know About Root Canals

There was a time not too long ago that a tooth with a diseased nerve would probably be lost. However, dentistry has improved drastically with both state-of-the-art equipment and better procedures. Now, with root canal treatment, an infected tooth can be treated and saved. A root canal is a common procedure usually requiring one to three appointments. It is comforting to know a root canal can save your tooth and keep you smiling without pain with proper treatment.

A tooth’s nerve is not a vital function after the tooth has penetrated the gums. Its main job is simply to recognize hot and cold sensations. Not having this nerve will have very little effect on the day-to-day functioning of the tooth in any way that would be noticeable.

When a tooth has a cavity or is cracked, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue. Germs are then free to roam and cause an infection inside the tooth. It must be treated to avoid a possible abscess. If the affected tissue is left as is, it may cause pain. This may harm your jawbones and have a negative effect on your overall health. Without proper treatment, the tooth may need to be extracted.

Teeth in need of root canal therapy do not always ache. Signs and symptoms a root canal may be necessary include a toothache or pain while chewing. Also, if you notice prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures or a dark discoloration of the tooth, a root canal may be in order.

As stated earlier, root canal therapy usually involves anywhere from one to three office visits. During treatment, your dentist removes the gum tissue that has been affected. The inside of the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and sealed. Finally, the tooth is filled with a dental composite.

If a tooth has severe decay, your dentist may choose to embed a crown. This strengthens the area and will protect it from breakage. Properly caring for your teeth and gums with regular brushing and flossing can lead to your restored teeth lasting for years.

In the Glenview please call the office of Dr. Scott Malik at (847) 724-1771 for any questions regarding root canal therapy or any other dental concerns. Dr. Malik and his experienced and professional staff have been serving the entire area for many years.