How Complicated Is a Root Canal? Here is Everything You Need to Know

How Complicated Is a Root Canal? Here is Everything You Need to Know

Posted by STONE DENTAL GROUP on Nov 1 2021, 03:30 AM

Has your dentist advised you to undergo a root canal procedure? Then, you might be looking for all the necessary information about the procedure. This article can provide everything you need to know, from its treatment to the symptoms. 

What Is a Root Canal?

Our teeth have different types of layers. The outermost hard layer is the enamel, the second layer is the dentine, and the third layer is the pulp. It is one of the softest parts of the teeth and consists of the blood vessels, connective tissues, nerves, fibroblasts, and odontoblasts.

If a person has untreated tooth decay, an infection that has reached the pulp, or the tooth has been severely damaged and infected, the dentist would have to perform a root canal procedure. 

In this procedure, the dentist will remove the harmful bacteria and the infected pulp from the tooth to prevent further infection. Then, they will thoroughly clean the area and seal it by using fillings. With the help of a root canal, you tend to save your natural tooth. 

Symptoms of a Root Canal Infection

One of the best ways to know about a root canal is by visiting your dentist for a checkup. However, you also need to watch the following signs and symptoms:

● Constant toothache

● Discoloration of tooth

● Sensitivity to hot and cold food items

● Pain while touching the tooth

● Tooth feeling loose

● Chipped or cracked tooth

● Severe pain while chewing or biting

● Pimples on the gums

If you exhibit any of these symptoms, the dentist will take x-rays to determine the treatment.

How Is a Root Canal Performed?

First, the endodontist will take X-rays to determine any sign of infection in the surrounding bones. Then, they will numb the area using local anesthesia and create a small opening on top of the tooth. The infected pulp is removed and the remaining space is disinfected to ensure no bacteria is left. After cleaning, they will fill the hole using a filling, completing the root canal procedure. 

It is relatively a complicated process that could require a few dental visits. However, it can prevent your natural teeth from getting damaged further and getting lost.

Stone Dental Group – SE Chicago Dentistry offers comprehensive dental care services in Chicago, IL. Give us a call at (773) 880-5080 or book online for more details and appointments. You can also visit us at 2845 N Sheridan Rd #914, Chicago, IL 60657.

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