How Root Canal Treatment Can Save Your Smile
By Willow Ridge Dental Group
December 30, 2019
Category: Oral Health

If you are suffering from dental pain, we know that you want relief, and you need it fast! That's why here at Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL, your dentists, Drs. Jeffrey and Connie Onik, provide root canal therapy to patients with compromised teeth. Read on to learn how this treatment could end up saving your smile!

What root canal treatment can do for you

You deserve to have a beautiful, complete smile that is free from pain—root canal treatment can help make this a reality. When you have a root canal, it eliminates tooth pain, without the unwelcome event of losing your tooth.

You may need a root canal because you have suffered trauma to your face, jaws, and teeth from an accident or injury. Trauma can happen from common causes as well, such as grinding or clenching your teeth. You may also need a root canal due to severe decay which has penetrated into the inner layer of your tooth, an area called the pulp.

The pulp is the innermost layer of your tooth, where the nerves and blood supply are located. When the pulp becomes bruised or damaged, inflammation begins, causing fluid buildup, pressure, and pain. A damaged pulp can produce painful symptoms like these:

  • Sharp, stabbing pain when you bite down
  • Continuous throbbing pain when you chew
  • Increasing pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages

Root canal treatment takes away the inflammation and pain. Your dentist will make a small opening in the top of your tooth to remove the diseased, damaged pulp tissue. A sedative material is placed inside your tooth to allow any inflammation to subside, and your pain to resolve. After your painful symptoms are gone, the sedative material is removed and replaced with an inert material that is left inside your tooth. The opening is then sealed with a permanent filling, and your root canal treatment is complete.

Need care? Give our Naperville dentists a call

Root canal treatment eliminates your pain and saves your smile. To learn more about root canal therapy and other dental services, call Drs. Jeffrey and Connie Onik at Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL, today by dialing (630) 420-2800.