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An inflammation or infection in your tooth pulp or tooth trauma doesn't have to result in the loss of your tooth. Dr. Alexander Quezada, your dentist at Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL, offers tooth-saving root canal procedures that will protect your smile.
How does root canal therapy work?
Root canal therapy replaces your tooth pulp with a durable, rubber-based material called gutta-percha. The pulp, located deep inside your tooth, contains soft tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. Removing the pulp ends your pain but doesn't affect the normal functioning of your tooth.
How can I tell if I need a root canal?
You may notice one or more of these signs or symptoms if you need a root canal:
- Pain in Your Tooth: Pain is the reason many people who need root canals visit the dentist. When the inflammation or infection first starts, pain may be mild or intermittent. If you ignore it, it will become stronger and last longer.
- Difficulty Eating Certain Foods: Tooth sensitivity can be an indication that you need a root canal. The inflammation or infection can irritate the nerves, causing pain when you eat or drink foods and beverages that are hot, cold, or sugary. Sensitivity can last up to 30 minutes after you eat or drink.
- Uncomfortable Gums: The gums around your tooth can become red, swollen and painful if you need a root canal.
- Change in Tooth Color: In some cases, teeth that need root canals may darken.
- Tooth Trauma: Root canals may be needed after a tooth injury.
Do you have any of these signs and symptoms? Call your Glenview, IL, dentist, Dr. Alexander Quezada of Colonial Dental Group, at (847) 729-2233 to schedule an appointment.
Could your aching tooth be restored by this endodontic procedure?
Have our Glenview, IL, dentists, Dr. Alexander Quezada and Dr. David Lewis Jr., told you that you need a root canal? If so, you may be wanting to do as much research as possible to find out more about this procedure and why it’s necessary. You may even have questions, which we would be happy to answer for you. Here is everything you need to know about your upcoming dental procedure.
Why do I need a root canal?
Beneath the hard enamel and dentin layers of a tooth lies an inner structure known as the dental pulp. The pulp is made up of connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. Are you experiencing a toothache? This could just be because the bacteria have spread to the dental pulp, causing it to become inflamed and resulting in a toothache.
Once the pulp is inflamed or infected the only course of action that can be taken is for our Glenview, IL, dentist to remove the pulp as soon as possible. This is where a root canal comes in. During your root canal we will drill into the tooth (don’t worry; we will numb the area prior so you won’t feel discomfort) and then carefully remove the pulp.
From there, we will disinfect the inside of the tooth to remove any bacteria that is left. Once that is complete, it’s time to start restoring the tooth. A special material will be used to fill the root canals (to prevent another infection), as well as the inside of the tooth (to re-strengthen and stabilize it). From there, our dentist will determine whether a filling or a crown will need to be placed over the tooth to restore it.
What are the warning signs that I might need a root canal?
It’s important that you understand what’s going on with your oral health so that you can take action when it’s necessary. Sure, some problems won’t cause symptoms at all, so you may not even know that anything is going on. This is why those routine checkups with your dentist every six months are crucial, even if you think everything feels fine and dandy. Only a dentist can detect early signs of decay, gum disease, and infection.
Of course, you should call us right away if you experience,
- Dental pain (no matter how minimal)
- Pain that appears or gets worse when chewing or biting down
- Swollen, red, or tender gums surrounding the tooth
- Sudden tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
- Darkening of the tooth
- A bump or pimple-like growth on the gums near the tooth (a sign of infection)
If you are dealing with dental pain or if there are other changes in your oral health it’s a good idea to turn to our Glenview, IL, dental team to find out what’s going on. Call Colonial Dental Group and let us know what’s going on and we will get you in to see our dentist as soon as possible.
How the doctors at Colonial Dental Group can help you
Root canal treatment, also known as endodontics, consists of a set of procedures designed to treat soft pulp tissue. Contrary to what people think, a root canal treatment can be more comfortable than getting a filling. Just ask your Glenview, IL, dentists.
More About Root Canal Treatment
If the pulp, a tissue consisting of blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerve cells, in your tooth develops an infection or becomes inflamed, a root canal may be necessary. Symptoms of a root canal include pain, but sometimes the pain you can go away on its own.
Root Canal Procedure:
Your doctor will need to remove the pulp, disinfect the canal where the pulp and seal the area to prevent bacteria from entering.
If a root canal is necessary, it can be because of any of the following reasons:
- Poor oral or dental regimen may lead to root canal treatment. Cavities are formed when a person eats sugary foods and doesn't brush or floss. The result is the accumulation of plaque, which contains an acid-producing bacteria that breaks down the enamel, the protective layer covering your teeth. This exposes the sensitive layers of the tooth which allows bacteria to infect your tooth's pulp.
- Dental visits may not be fun, but they are crucial in identifying cavities, cracks, chips and other issues you need resolved. It's vital that you visit your Glenview dentist twice a year.
- Cracks and chips can help bacteria infiltrate the enamel and infect the pulp. Trauma to your teeth may be due to several things, such as playing a sport and sustaining an injury or even a car accident.
If you have more questions regarding root canal treatment, just call your Glenview, IL, dentists Dr. Alexander Quezada and Dr. David B. Lewis, Jr. today!
Find out if those dental issues you’re having are telling you that you need a root canal.
Tooth pain can be a downright nuisance and without seeing your Glenview, IL dentists Dr. David Dooley, Dr. David Lewis and Dr. Alexander Quezada it can be challenging to know why you are experiencing so many issues. Here are some easy ways to figure out if a root canal is in your near future.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is an endodontic procedure performed right here in our Glenview, IL dental office in which we remove the dental pulp, or the soft tissue inside the tooth. A dental pulp will need to be removed if it becomes inflamed or infected by decay, disease or trauma. Fortunately, the pulp is not necessary for the tooth’s survival. A root canal is the best way to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible so that the patient won’t need to have the tooth removed.
Warning Signs that You May Need a Root Canal
It is sometimes hard to know when you may need a root canal, which is why your general dentist in Glenview can help. Some of these signs aren’t obvious to our patients but they are to us. Unfortunately, by the time some of these symptoms show up it’s during more advanced stages of infection or decay. The best way to catch these problems early on is to come in every six months for routine exams and cleanings.
However, if you don’t come into our office as often as you should, then dental problem will worsen and you may start to notice these warning signs:
- A tooth has become broken or cracked
- There is swelling, pain or redness of the gums surrounding the tooth
- The tooth is sensitive to extreme temperatures
- Pain after biting down on the tooth
- A tooth has developed some discoloration
If any of these symptoms are happening to you then you need to see us right away. Dental pain is considered an emergency, and the sooner you take care of the problem the better.
Don’t let dental pain and other problems ruin your smile. Turn to the dental professionals at Colonial Dental Group to preserve your smile. Call our office right away.