By Advance Family Dental Care
September 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

While the words “root canal” tend to strike fear into the hearts of many, the idea that this procedure is a painful, long process is simply a root canalmyth. A root canal is actually a necessary and common dental procedure which can help preserve the natural structure of your tooth and eliminate the need for an extraction. But how do you know if you need a root canal? Find out with Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi at Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL.

What is a root canal? 
A root canal removes damaged or infected tissue from the inside of a tooth. In the past, the only option to cure a toothache was to completely remove a damaged or infected tooth from the mouth, leaving behind a gap in the smile. However, a root canal removes the tooth’s nerve, deadening it to feeling pain and relieving a painful tooth and curing the infection at the same time.

Do I need a root canal? 
A root canal is necessary if a tooth’s nerve becomes damaged. This most often occurs due to tooth decay eating through the tooth and reaching the tooth’s inner pulp chamber which houses the nerve. A tooth’s nerve may also become damaged due to injury or trauma to the tooth which causes it to break or crack. A root canal often requires the help of a dental crown to stabilize the tooth and protect it from future damage.

Root Canal Therapy in Naperville, IL 
To start the procedure, your dentist makes a small hole on the top, or crown, of the tooth through which they will remove the infected damaged tissue and nerve from the inner tooth. With the tissue removed, your dentist scrubs the inside of the tooth and its roots to ensure no infected tissue remains inside the tooth. Then, the tooth is filled with a rubbery material known as gutta-percha, and in most cases, capped off with a dental crown.

For more information on root canals, please contact Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi at Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL. Call (630) 357-2332 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Zomorrodi today!

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