Has one of our dentists at Anderson Dental recommended root canal treatment for you?
If yes, you're hardly alone. Millions of damaged and weakened teeth have been saved every year through root canal therapy. This blog goes over root canal procedures and how they can relieve pain and save your smile.
How Do You Know if You Need a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy becomes necessary when the soft tissue inside the tooth called the pulp becomes infected. There are many reasons this can happen, including:
- Injury to the tooth
- Tooth decay
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Dental emergencies
Unfortunately, like with most oral health problems. there may not be significant signs that point towards trouble ahead. Root canals are commonly associated with dental emergencies, as in tooth pain so severe it needs to be looked at by a dentist. If you have very sharp, throbbing tooth pain, it's likely that your inner pulp is already inflamed and may need a root canal. Signs you might need root canal treatment include:
- Sharp pain when chewing or biting
- White bumps on the gums
- Sudden sensitivity to hot or cold teme\perature
- Swollen, red gums
- Darkening of the gums
All of these should be cause for concern and should elicit an immediate trip to your dentist in Champaign, IL.
Root Canal Procedure in Champaign
After removing the infected pulp, our dentists will make sure the inside of the tooth is clear of inflammation and infection by carefully cleaning it. Once your tooth has healed, we may recommend placing a dental crown over the entire tooth to keep it safe and protected. The dental crown allows patients to bite down as they normally would, which restores their ability to eat, speak, and much more.
We always do our best to save your tooth at all costs, which is why we might recommend a root canal. The most important component after removing any infection or inflammation from your tooth is to cover it and seal it with a dental crown. This reduces the risk of infection or inflammation reoccurring, though it is still important to see Dr. Anderson at Anderson Dental in Champaign, IL twice a year so we can monitor your root canal and make sure no infection has crept under the dental crown.
Comfortable Dental Care at our Champaign Dentist Office
If you need an emergency root canal or have been planning one for a while, we are here for you at Anderson Dental. We work hard to make sure our patients are comfortable and pain-free. Contact our dentist office at (217) 356-7334 to speak with a member of our team.
Anderson Dental is located in Champaign, IL at 2535 Galen Dr. To arrive at our dentist office from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, head west on County Rd 1500 N/W Kirby Ave toward S Neil St. Turn right onto W Windsor Rd, then turn left onto Galen Dr.