Root canals are a much-maligned dental treatment that can help save teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted and help relieve pain from infection and abscesses. Every year thousands of patients across the country get root canals that ensure they can keep more of their natural teeth and protect their overall dental health as a result. Dr. Piazza helps patients in the Naperville, IL, area by performing root canals at our office at 10 W. Martin Avenue, Ste. 116. Learn how a root canal can save a tooth from extraction below.
What Is A Root Canal?
Inside your tooth is a soft and gelatinous substance known as pulp. Through this, pulp flows blood and nutrients that help your tooth develop and grow until maturity. While vital to the health of a growing tooth, adult teeth can live quite well without it. When this substance becomes infected, a root canal may be necessary to eliminate the infection and save the tooth. During a root canal, this substance is removed from your tooth and replaced with a material known as gutta-percha. The tooth is then sealed and is able to function almost as good as new, pain-free.
What Symptoms Indicate I Need A Root Canal?
If you’re experiencing pain in a tooth and surrounding gum, or if you notice that there are ‘pimples’ that form on the gum at its base, you may be in need of a root canal. Deep decay, breaks, cracks, and fractures can all give bacteria access to the interior of your tooth and make it necessary to perform a root canal to save it. Inflammation and infection of the pulp can have long-lasting consequences, including causing bone and gum decay.
Will It Be Necessary To Take Special Steps To Care For The Tooth After Treatment?
If your root canal is going to take two visits to complete, you’ll need to avoid biting down or chewing with it between visits. The restoration will not be complete, and it’s possible that too much force on the tooth could cause it to crack or fracture. Once the final restoration is in place, your tooth will be able to be used as you would use any tooth in your mouth. In some cases, you may have to have a post-installed in your tooth to hold the restoration in the event that too much tooth has been lost.
If you’ve been experiencing dental pain or discomfort, it’s time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Piazza by calling 630-357-6400. You’ll be brought into our office at 10 W. Martin Avenue, Ste. 116, for a full dental exam and consultation. During the exam, you may have images taken, your medical records will be gone over, and your dentist or hygienist may ask you questions about your oral health. Once the exam is over, Dr. Piazza will be able to provide guidance on whether a root canal will be able to help save your tooth. Call today and come in for an appointment; there’s no reason to live with dental pain longer than necessary!