When the inner tissue of a tooth, the blood vessels nerves and other tissues near the tooth root, becomes damaged, treatment by an endodontist is necessary in order for the tooth to be saved. Endodontics perform endodontic therapy, otherwise known as root canal therapy, in addition to other treatments such as endodontic retreatment (repeat of endodontic therapy on a tooth that has previously had it). If you are in need of urgent dental care or other care involving the pulp of your teeth, Endodontics in Elmwood Park IL have skilled dental specialists that have completed additional training beyond basic dental school in order to practice in the field of endodontics.
Root canal therapy is a fairly common dental treatment. Endodontics in Elmwood Park IL can perform this therapy for you. Root canal treatment usually involves removal of nerve tissues and blood vessels from the pulp chamber of the tooth, elimination of microbial contamination, reshaping of the structure of the tooth, and protection from further infection with a crown and sealant. Depending on the situation and severity of infection, the endodontics may prescribe a course of antibiotics to be taken over the ensuing week.
The pulp of the tooth is removed because microbial infection will feed upon the pulp tissues and cause further decay. This can lead to abscesses, the spread of infection to other areas such as the head, face, or neck, bone loss in the area of the tip of the root, and other serious problems. Since the blood supply and nerves are removed during the procedure, the tooth becomes dead.
Root canals may be the indicated treatment when further infection of a tooth seems likely or inevitable. This may be the case with a cracked tooth, or a tooth that has become deeply infected. Although root canals are associated with a stereotypical fear of pain, in most cases, a root canal is a painless procedure because the area is numbed with a local anesthetic. Pain management after the procedure is also possible with over the counter medications.
Some signs that you may need Endodontics in Elmwood Park IL are intense toothache especially with chewing or other pressure, darkening or discoloration of the tooth, swelling and inflammation in the surrounding gums, a recurring or persistent pimple on the gums, and sensitivity to temperatures. However, sometimes there are no symptoms in cases where a root canal is necessary.
At Park Place Dental, you will get Endodontics or root canal therapy that is a sequence of treatments on the pulp of a tooth to eliminate infection and protect the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion.