Endodontics is the branch of dentistry focused on the health of the nerves of the teeth. If a tooth is infected in the nerve or dental pulp, it can lead to severe tooth pain, sensitivity, and swelling. Root canal therapy can effectively restore the infected tooth, preventing infection from spreading. What makes a Root Canal Necessary? The most common factors for root canal treatment include: infection caused by deep decay or a very large filling, severe gum disease, or trauma to the tooth.
To improve the infected tooth, our skilled dentists will remove the infected portion and fill the tooth. A patient may feel slight pain for a few days following a root canal. Our dentists usually put the patient on an antibiotic until the infection leaves the body. The damaged nerve, once removed, will no longer allow the tooth to “feel” at all.
If a cavity forms and is allowed to go untreated, it can penetrate to the root pulp where an infection can occur. When the root pulp is affected, it can become abscessed, causing swelling and pain. A portion of your tooth enamel is removed to give access to the root. The diseased root pulp is removed, then filled with a synthetic pulp material and the cavity is filled with a tooth-colored filling.
After root canal therapy, Dr. Dano and Dr. Thakrar will recommend a dental crown for the tooth in order to protect it. Following a root canal a tooth is more brittle and more susceptible to fracture. A Crown procedure will protect the brittle tooth from further fracture, which might lead to a need to extract the tooth at a later date.
We invite you to call or visit our dental office in McHenry, Illinois. We look forward to helping you achieve optimal oral health!