Root Canal: Saving a Diseased Tooth

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Dr. John Ifantis and our Ifantis Dental Care team in Morton Grove, Illinois, are here to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile by working with you on your oral care needs. Do you have an infected or inflamed tooth causing you pain? If so, you may benefit from a root canal treatment.

What does a root canal do? Well, inside the center of your tooth lies the tooth pulp. This pulp is made of nerves, connective tissue and blood vessels which branch out and into each root through canals in the tooth. It can become inflamed or infected due to decay.

One of the most important roles the tooth pulp has is to form dentin. Dentin is a calcified material which makes up the protective layer underneath the tooth enamel. The pulp also nourishes growing teeth.

So, what causes tooth pulp to end up infected? There are several factors that can cause this, including a tooth which has become cracked, broken, or has a deep cavity, injury to the tooth, repeated dental treatments such as fillings on a tooth, and gum disease. All of these allow bacteria to enter the pulp and damage the tooth.

Because it is generally preferable to save a tooth rather than have to replace it, a root canal can save a damaged tooth. Although people worry that root canals are painful procedures, they are usually no more uncomfortable than having a filling done, in addition to providing relief from tooth pain.

During a root canal treatment, you will be made as comfortable as possible. Then, our dentist will set to work removing the damaged pulp, thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the space left behind and filling and sealing the area. After a root canal has been done, the tooth will need to be protected with a dental filling or dental crown.

Oral hygiene is key to preventing the need for a root canal. Keep your teeth healthy and strong requires diligent daily brushing and flossing to remove food particles, bacteria, and plaque. In addition, be sure to stay current with your routine dental cleanings to remove hardened plaque and tartar deposits.

Even after you have a root canal, oral hygiene is essential to keeping a tooth healthy. A tooth which has undergone a root canal treatment can still succumb to gum disease and tooth decay with poor oral hygiene habits.

If you would like to learn more about root canal therapy or if you have questions, please call a member of our staff at 847-268-4998. Dr. John Ifantis and our Ifantis Dental Care team in Morton Grove, Illinois, are here for your healthy smile, and would love to see you for a dental cleaning and exam!