Many people put off having a root canal procedure done because they are under the impression that the procedure is painful. But while most people think that a root canal is a painful procedure the goal is to relieves them of pain! These days a root canal can be viewed as similar to receiving a dental filling and can be done in one or two visits. At DM Family Dentistry, our root canal treatment may help you experience extensive relief in Round Lake Beach, Illinois, from the following symptoms:
- Your tooth hurts when you bite down or chew food
- A tooth that hurts when hot or cold food or drinks touch it and long after
- A persistent toothache that is increasingly painful
What’s inside Your Tooth?
Let’s take a quick look inside your tooth. First, you will find a layer of strong tooth enamel. Beneath that lies a material called dentin which is slightly softer. Under the dentin, you will see your tooth pulp, which consists of nerves, connective tissue and blood vessels providing nourishment to the tooth.
Here is the interesting part, while a tooth is growing it needs the pulp to supply blood and nourishment to keep it healthy. But, once a tooth is done growing, it no longer requires the pulp, as the tooth is nourished by the surrounding tissues. This means that we can safely remove an infected tooth pulp without harming your smile.
Root Canal Procedure
Okay, so now you may be wondering what goes on during a root canal procedure. First, our dentist, Dr. Doris Madrigal will remove the infected tooth pulp. Next, the affected area will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to prepare for the placement of gutta-percha.
Gutta-percha is a rubberlike material which used to seal and protect the hole left behind after the pulp is cleaned out. Finally, a dental filling material will be placed over the gutta-percha. Now, if the area is too big, or if too much of the tooth required removal, then a crown may be used instead of a dental filling.
Dr. Doris Madrigal and our team at DM Family Dentistry want to make sure you have the best possible dental experience when you visit our practice. So if you have any questions or concerns about your smile health, please give us a call at 847-740-8827. We look forward to hearing from you!