Save Natural Teeth Through Root Canal Therapy

A persistent toothache that doesn’t go away accompanied by inflammation of gum tissue could be signs of severe decay or infection. At this stage, it’s imperative to receive prompt treatment to save your tooth. After an exam, your Aurora, Illinois dentist may recommend endodontic therapy, aka root canal treatment, to remove the infection and restore tooth health. We can perform this treatment at our Total  Health Dental practice.

Illustration of root canal

Signs of Root Canal Infection

Ongoing pain is one of several telltale signs of severe tooth infection or decay. Other signs are:

  • Extreme tooth sensitivity when drinking or eating
  • Inflammation of gum tissue
  • Gum tenderness
  • Tooth growing dark in color
  • Foul odor coming from the infected tooth

What to Expect from Root Canal Therapy

Usually, tooth decay is treated with a filling. However, if the infection or decay has spread to the pulp of your tooth or damaged the nerve, you may need root canal treatment. Root canal treatment is specifically designed to treat severe root canal infections by removing the infected pulp and cleansing the inside of the tooth. Once the infection is removed and the tooth disinfected, Dr. Khaja Mohsinuddin will fill the tooth with a particular material and seal it with a crown to keep it safe from further infection.

How Root Canals Save Natural Teeth

Infected teeth that are not treated will continue to decay and put other teeth at risk of infection. Eventually, the tooth will need to be extracted to protect other teeth. Removing a tooth may seem like a more straightforward treatment but can cause complications with bone loss and irregular bites. You’ll also face the extra expense of replacing that tooth later down the line. Prompt root canal treatment can help save natural teeth and restore their usefulness. Once the infection is removed, the tooth can be fortified and restored with a dental crown for continued use.

Root canal treatment is a safe, effective treatment of severely decayed teeth to save them from extraction. Contact Dr. Khaja from Total Health Dental, Aurora, IL, to learn more about this therapy at (630) 822-9600. For your convenience, we serve residents of Naperville, Oswego, Plainfield, Montgomery and Aurora, Illinois, and surrounding communities.

Root Canal
Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.