Root Canal Therapy in Kankakee IL 60901
Root canal therapy is necessary when the pulp (the center of the tooth) becomes decayed or damaged. Some symptoms of pulp damage include chronic pain or sensitivity, tenderness from chewing, and discoloration of the teeth. These can all be signs that the pulp of the tooth is damaged or inflamed. Tooth decay, cracks, chips, and tooth injury all may lead to pulp damage.
Dr. Raffi will examine the tooth and perform a series of tests to determine if root canal therapy will benefit your oral health. Prior to treatment, Dr. Raffi will determine if the tooth is infected. An infected tooth needs to be treated with medication before the root canal can begin. A root canal must wait until the infection is treated so that the infection is not sealed off under a root canal, which could lead to further complications.
Root canal therapy takes about four steps to complete:
- First, the pulp of the tooth is removed so that it can be artificially replaced.
- Second, the inside of the tooth is cleaned and shaped to hold the filling. Third, the tooth is filled with rubber-like material and adhesive so that the root canal can be sealed.
- During the final step, your filling will be covered with a crown to restore look and function.
Root canal therapy can save your tooth from further damage. A damaged pulp left untreated can lead to infection, toothaches, and it can even develop into an abscessed tooth. An abscessed tooth is a tooth that has formed a pocket of pus in the tissues surrounding it, causing a great deal of discomfort. Damaged pulp may go on to cause other dental complications if left untreated.