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Root Canal Relieves Pain


What is a Root Canal?

The visible section of the natural tooth, or the crown as it is otherwise called, is fortified by dental enamel. Underneath the gum, it is provided with protection by dentine to as far as the tip of its root. Dentine is likewise a hard substance by nature, only a bit less compared to the enamel. Within this protected cage, alongside the length of the root, is an extended cavity known as the canal. It is full of dental pulp, which is also referred to as the pulp chamber. The pulp has blood vessels feeding the tooth, aside from the other matter as well as nerve tissue that it contains. Whenever the pulp is infected, however, too much pressure builds up within as bacterial products along with debris are formed.
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This incident causes significant discomfort, in addition to unbearable pain. The Root Canal procedure removes the infected pulp and often provides immediate relief. It is actually the prime procedure that majority of professionals offer to avoid extraction. Having this done is quite safe, even if a patient is wearing braces or else has other dental issues. Plus, the longevity of the outcome is well worth the treatment especially if the it feels extremely painful or uncomfortable.

How Does the Pulp Become Infected?

You are now probably asking yourself how the pulp can become infected when it is well protected. The food you eat can attack the enamel. You would imagine you have an option of what to eat. However, a few food particles can be stuck in the teeth long after you have finished eating, particularly in the interdental gaps on the molar's chewing surfaces, or the rear teeth. Whenever you do not consistently brush and floss, bacteria that always exist inside your mouth will have an opportunity to convert the sugar and also the carbohydrate that those particles contain into acid. The saliva's protective effect on the enamel will be reduced and then the enamel can begin to erode the teeth. This can lead to cavities. If these cavities are not sufficiently filled, eventually the enamel is going to be punctured and infection could get to the pulp.

The bacteria inside the mouth can likewise infect your gums. When the gums are loose, it can expose the dentin layer below the gum and puncture it. This can open an infection route towards the pulp. Regardless of the infection route, the pulp needs to be eliminated in order to prevent a repeat infection. Otherwise, abscess can come out and extraction becomes necessary. Pulp infection may be due to other causes, which include a dental injury that is left untreated, a chipped or cracked tooth, and perhaps repeated restoration.

How about Extracting an Infected One?

This particular treatment requires more than a downright extraction. So, why is the painful onenot extracted to begin with? The reason is because an artificial will never be as capable as the natural one. Without a natural one to replace the extracted one, both your ability to eat as well as smile will be compromised. The vacant space will erode the jaw bone surrounding the vacant socket, and this can distort facial features even more. RCT helps save natural teeth.

When Does This Becomes Necessary?

This treatment may be used for treating multiple issues such as inflamed, dying or dead nerves, as well as a cracked or even a dead one. It can be a retreatment as well after an unsuccessful RCT. In some instances, it will probably be needed to take out teeth or nerves. The final decision, should you wish to undergo this procedure, is going to be made by you, together with one of our specialists, after hearing your concerns and doing a thorough examination of your teeth. This operation is usually completed in at least two visits. On the patient's second visit, the wet will check how it goes and if any additional work is needed. In some cases, she may forego the temporary filling, in some cases, and proceed directly to the permanent one during the initial visit. In such cases, the recovery time that is needed usually does not take very long.

Early Symptoms

  •  Toothache

  •  Infection

  •  Swelling

  •  Intense sensitivity to hot and cold.

You Will Be Asked

  •  Where the pain/swelling is located.

  •  Pain duration

  • Onset

  • Kind of pain – whether it is pulsed or continuous.

Signs We’re Looking For

It may be that you are not aware of the problem that is developing in your pulp until it becomes too late. There are some hints though that are more noticeable to your dentist's trained eye. These include:

  • Color 

  • Indications that there is pus discharge

  • Obvious soft tissue as well as asymmetry changes.


Such symptoms are probably not enough for a clear as well as a definite diagnosis. Thus, further testing may be required. X-ray, thermal sensation, percussion, along with electronic pulp testing are among the available tests.

Root Canal Procedure

  • Imaging - The preliminary step would be to assess the condition. We make use of X-ray images to determine the damage as well as the configuration of the roots. The rear teeth can contain multiple root canals, and a number of them can be infected. It’s important to know beforehand which root has an infection, in addition to its orientation.

  • Anesthesia - This involves surgery. Therefore, local anesthesia is used prior to the surgery at all times.

  • Opening the Canal – A number of patients may require sedation prior to administering the anesthesia. After local anesthesia has been given, a hole will be drilled through the enamel in order to expose the problem areas. This is going to quickly release the pressure within and patients are not going to feel pain whatsoever even when the anesthesia has worn away. Drilling will be done in the molars' crown as well as from the lingual part, in the case of a front tooth.

  • Cleaning – It is going to be totally evacuated by taking out the nerve tissue along with all the rest of the pulp matter. After that, the canal will be thoroughly flushed and then dried.

  • Sealing - The space should never be left vacant or else you are at risk for a repeat abscess or infection. We are going to fill the vacant canal using a rubber-like material called gutta percha, along with a sealant solution so as not to leave any empty space inside.

  • Temporary Filling - As the mouth is healing, the fresh hole will be covered with temporary filling.

  • Permanent Seal - If everything goes well and the patient does not have any complaint, a permanent filling is going to replace the temporary one on the next visit.

Why is Crown Placement Necessary after Surgery?

The procedure causes a tooth to have thinner walls, thus making it vulnerable. We recommend for it to be fortified with help from a dental crown, once complete healing has occurred.

In case you decide to opt for the crown, we are going to provide you with a temporary one right away, and then deliver the impressions to the laboratory where a permanent crown will be made for you. You will then have to fit the crown, and this would require another visit. In some instances, one that is broken or weak may require additional work to make it ready for the crown.

Post-Operative Care

 Pain Relief:

  • If it is painful, the patient may use over the counter NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as Ibuprofen.

  • A patient who is NSAID or Aspirin sensitive can instead use Acetaminophen, like Tylenol.

  • Prescription medication should be taken in the case of persistent pain. The likelihood of remnant infection has to be examined.


The likelihood of infection following a successful procedure is rare. But, whenever there is suspicion of an infection:

  • Antibiotics may be prescribed to get rid of the remnant infection.

  • The canal will probably be reopened, cleansed, and then resealed during retreatment.

In a few cases, a patient may be allowed to drive following the operation. However, depending on how strong the sedation used for the treatment was, it is perhaps advisable to find someone else to drive for you. On the other hand, whatever pain you are experiencing, it is going to be stopped.

Root Canal @ Handcrafted Smiles, Villa Park, IL

Book an appointment with us at our dental office in Villa Park, IL and we will find out whether a Root Canal is the procedure that is right for specific situation and also the case that you have. We have dental care specialists who will make sure to answer all of your questions so you can be confident about your decision. Our office is situated in nearby Addison and Lombard, Illinois. We are looking forward to serving you soon!