Historically, root canals have gotten a bad rap, but the good news is that advances in dental technology have made it much less painful and “scary,” with more than a 95% success rate.
Once the decay in a tooth has reached the nerve tissue or pulp, a filling alone is not enough to restore the tooth. This advanced state of decay mandates a root canal. Saving the tooth prevents further dental problems like gaps between your teeth and difficulty in chewing, which can eventually lead to much more costly treatment. In root canal therapy, your dentist removes the nerve tissue in the tooth and the empty space where the nerve was lodged is filled with a thermoplastic material. This procedure is, of course, done under local anesthesia to prevent pain.
Left untreated, a root canal infection can cause swelling in the face or neck, tooth loss, and infection draining into the gums, cheek or skin. The only alternative to a root canal is having the tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge, implant or partial denture – all far more expensive and time-consuming than a root canal.
Dental Smiles of West Loop in Chicago can help you determine the best way to save your tooth, your smile, and even some money.