Root Canal Therapy
When a tooth is badly decayed or infected, one of the only ways to salvage it is through an intensive root canal treatment. This therapy is usually the last resort for both dentists as well as patients and is performed only when the tooth is beyond routine repair procedures. If the tooth’s nerve is infected or if the pulp is damaged, a root canal procedure is chosen to remove the infected parts. After the inside of the tooth is completely rid of infected contents, it is filled and sealed.
We, at Hinsdale Dental, understand that one of the biggest concerns with a root canal treatment is the fear of pain. However, we assure that the treatment will be not more painful than a routine tooth filling and with the hands of our experienced dentists, you will appreciate the long-term benefits of the procedure.
Signs That You Need Root Canal Treatment
A root canal procedure is prescribed only when the root of the tooth itself is damaged, whether the nerve or the pulp. This commonly occurs when the pulp or nerve are infected, irritated or inflamed. This irritation can be caused by deep decay, trauma, cracks or chips in teeth, large fillings, as well as repeated dental procedures. Some of the signs and symptoms that you may require Hinsdale root canal treatment include:
- Tooth Discoloration or Darkening
- Tendering and Swelling in Neighboring Gums
- Severe Toothache on Applying Pressure or Chewing
- Extreme Sensitivity to Heat or Cold
- Recurring or Persistent Pimples on the Gums
It is important to note that in many cases, none of these signs are present and only when your tooth exhibits extreme pain do you realize the problem. Small tooth decay can take years to aggravate and can be easily stopped when sighted at the earliest. The best solution to avoid root canals is to visit the dentist twice a year and fix any decay problems immediately.
Possible Complications and Side Effects
Before you seek a root canal treatment, it is important to realize that despite the best efforts put in by your dentist, there are a few complications. Since the procedure is a fairly serious dental surgery, being aware of the risks can help you stay prepared at all times. One of the most common complications caused by root canal treatment includes infection. These reasons include:
- Undetected Cracks at the Root
- Unexpected Number of Root Canals than First Diagnosed
- Breakdown of Sealing Material Over Time
- Inadequate or Defective Dental Restoration
Most of these reasons lead to bacterial growth that can undo the procedure and the only fix is to seek retreatment. Unfortunately, if you have contracted additional infections after a root canal procedure, you may have to opt for endodontic surgery to save the affected tooth. These procedures relieve inflammation and infection by re-sectioning the root end or removing the affected tissues. After the retreatment, a small filling is placed to reseal the root canal.
For more information on our excellent root canal treatment procedures, contact our office today and schedule a consultation. Let us help you bring back your smile!