Dolton dentist explains root canal treatment
Many people may associate the words root canal with pain or discomfort, when actually the underlying problem is what causes pain. Root canal treatment can relieve pain and save a patient’s tooth.
Damage to the nerve and pulp within a tooth can be caused by serious decay, trauma to the face or mouth, frequent dental work in the same tooth, breakage, or large fillings. When any of these conditions lead to irritation, inflammation, or infection, a root canal may be recommended.
At Pleasant Dental®, serving Dolton, Riverdale, Chicago, and nearby Illinois communities, our founder and medical director, Dr. Dean Dietrich has been treating generations of families for nearly 25 years. Dr. Dietrich established this practice with the goal of helping and treating patients with affordable and gentle dental care. A native of Illinois, Dr. Dietrich understands the people in our neighborhoods and provides personalized, attentive, and compassionate treatment.
We understand that a patient might be nervous when he or she is in need of a root canal treatment. That’s why we provide as much information as possible to alleviate those apprehensions and concerns. The term root canal refers specifically to the canals extending from the pulp chamber to the tips of the roots. The canals and chamber contain the pulp, which consists of nerves, vessels, and other tissues. Once a tooth emerges from the gums, the pulp is no longer necessary to the health of the tooth.
When damage affects the pulp, bacteria and decay can lead to an infection or abscess.
A root canal treatment may be needed if a patient experiences certain symptoms, such as:
- Extreme sensitivity to temperatures
- Painful toothache when pressure, such as chewing, is applied
- Long lasting or frequent pimple located on the gums
- Inflammation, swelling, and discomfort of the gums
- A darker appearance of the tooth
During a root canal treatment, Dr. Dietrich gently removes the pulp and thoroughly cleans the interior of the tooth. The area is disinfected to remove all infection and then filled. To restore and protect the tooth from further damage, a dental crown or other restoration may be recommended.
Patients report that the root canal treatment resolves the discomfort that preceded treatment. To learn more about root canal therapy, or our complete range of family, restorative, and emergency dentistry services, contact our friendly team today at (708) 576-1900.
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