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What your dentists in Barrington, IL, want you to know about root canals
If you suffer from tooth pain, you may be wondering if you need a root canal. It’s a good question, but only your dentist will know for sure, which is why you should seek out your dentist at the first sign of a dental problem. By visiting your dentist early, you help to keep the problem small and manageable. Still, no matter what you do, you may need a root canal. The dentists at Pennino Family Dentistry in Barrington, IL, can help identify the causes, signs, and symptoms of when you might need a root canal.
You might need a root canal if you have suffered an injury or accident involving your face or jaws. You might also need a root canal if you have deep dental decay which has penetrated into the inner layer of your tooth, an area known as the pulp.
The pulp is where the blood and nerve supply to your tooth is located, so when the pulp is bruised or damaged by trauma or decay, your tooth may begin to die. Usually as a tooth begins to die, you may experience symptoms like these:
- Pain that increases from exposure to hot or cold foods or beverages
- Pain that radiates to other areas of your jaws, face, or head
- Throbbing, aching, or stabbing pain during chewing or biting
You may also notice a small red or white bump on your gums next to the tooth root. The bump may be draining pus or blood, a sure sign of an abscess or infection.
Sometimes your tooth can die with little or no signs or symptoms. You may only notice the tooth getting darker or grayer compared to the teeth next to it. This is also a sign of pulp damage and the need for a root canal.
Only your dentist will know for sure by taking state-of-the-art digital x-rays and performing temperature and vitality testing on the tooth. If you think you might need a root canal, seek out the help of the experts. Call the dentists at Pennino Family Dentistry in Barrington, IL, today!
If a pain you’ve been feeling goes away, you might believe the problem that caused it is gone too. But that doesn’t mean it has, especially with a tooth. An excruciating toothache that suddenly stops should still be examined. Here’s why.
Tooth decay often works its way into a tooth’s innermost layer, the pulp, which contains bundles of nerves and other tissue. The infection attacks the nerves, which send pain signals to the brain. As the infection persists, though, the nerves will eventually die and will no longer be capable of sending pain signals — hence the “mysterious” end of your toothache.
Although the pain has stopped, the infection is very much active in the tooth and will continue to work its way through the root canals to the jaw. And ultimately, the pain will return as the infection invades the bone.
But there’s good news: a tooth in this condition can be saved with a procedure known as root canal therapy. We drill a small hole in the tooth to access the pulp, usually through the biting surface of back teeth or in the rear in front teeth. Once inside the pulp chamber, we clean out the infected and dead tissue. We then fill the empty pulp chamber and the root canals with a special filling and seal the access hole. In a few weeks the tooth receives a life-like crown to further protect it from re-infection and fracture years later.
A straightforward root canal treatment can be performed by a general dentist. If there are complications like a complex root canal network, however, then the skills and specialized equipment of an endodontist (a specialist in root canals) may be needed.
A root canal treatment resolves the real cause of a toothache that suddenly stopped, as well as puts an end to future pain and infection related to the tooth. More importantly, it can save your tooth and add many more years to its life.
If you would like more information on tooth pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Severe Toothache.”