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Signs You Need a Root Canal

Published on December 27th, 2018

If you have a tooth that is badly decayed or infected, it might be a sign that you need a root canal performed by one of the best dentists in Chicago. You may be intimidated by the procedure, as many people are scared that it will be painful. However, most people report that it is not any more painful than having a filling placed! Patients also find that the pain that leads up to having the root canal is worse than the procedure itself.

During the procedure, our team will remove the pulp from the damaged tooth and the inside of the tooth will be cleaned and sealed. Rest assured that the tooth’s nerve is not important to its functionality and its absence will not affect day-to-day functionality.

Here are some signs that you need a root canal:

  • severe tooth pain that becomes worse when you apply pressure
  • prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures and the pain will last even after the hot or cold has been removed
  • discoloration, typically darkening, of the tooth itself
  • swollen and tender gums surrounding the damaged tooth
  • a pimple-like appearance on the gums

The Root Canal Procedure

Anesthesia may or may not be necessary during the procedure, as the nerve is dead. It can be helpful, however, if it will make you feel more relaxed. A sheet of rubber will be placed around the tooth to keep the area dry. Then, our team will drill an access hole into the tooth to help get rid of bacteria and other debris. The procedure is finished by sealing the tooth.

As providers of some of the best dentists in Chicago, our team at Chicago Dental Arts is happy to perform root canal procedures when necessary. Call us today to schedule a consultation.

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