May is the month for Root Canal awareness, and now is the perfect time to encourage our patients to seek professional care to treat their damaged or infected teeth. Root canals have a poor reputation as being painful and something patients want to avoid, but living with the pain of a damaged tooth can be much worse and impact your ability to eat, drink, or in some cases, even speak without experiencing pain.
If you have a tooth or teeth that are causing you daily pain, we encourage you to take time this week to seek out a professional diagnosis and root canal treatment to give you back a pain-free smile.
Damaged or Infected Teeth
Damaged or infected teeth can be caused by the inside of the tooth being decayed or inflamed with infection, and this can also be caused by broken or cracked teeth which allow for bacteria to settle deeper in the gums. Symptoms of this damage include severe tooth pain, discoloration, sensitivity, and swollen gums around the affected tooth or teeth. When this happens, a root canal is the best treatment to clean out the decayed tissue and stop further damage from taking place. If the infection is not treated, this can lead to an abscess forming and eventually periodontal disease taking hold in the gums.
What Root Canals Do For You
Root canals get their name because the treatment cleans the roots of the teeth, repairing the damaged and infected areas. In the procedure, the pulp of the tooth is removed and carefully cleaned, and once the infection is removed, impacted tissue is able to heal on its own. After the pulp is removed, the tooth is sealed with a rubber-like material, and in some cases, a crown or filling may also be applied to restore your teeth.
Root canals are an incredibly safe treatment and allows patients to keep their natural teeth, which is the highest priority for dental professionals. Despite claims that they are dangerous and painful procedures, root canals are the scary treatments they were once viewed as. At Printers Row Dental Studio, we acknowledge the hesitation that is associated with the procedure and work to make sure our patients are comfortable and feel no pain.
Dr. Ema at Printers Row Dental Studio is highly-trained and experienced in performing root canals. To learn more about the safety of root canals, please see the American Association of Endodontists’ article and video about the safety of root canal treatment.
To schedule a consultation or root canal treatment with Dr. Ema, call us today at (312) 435-0411!