Root canal treatment is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp, nerves, bacteria, and any decay is removed. The space that remains is filled with special dental materials, which restore the tooth to its fully functional state.
A common misunderstanding about root canal treatment is that it would just be better to pull a bad tooth than save it. This just isn’t true. What people don’t realize is that pulling a tooth is more costly in the long-run and causes significant issues for teeth surrounding the pulled tooth.
Root Canal Treatment has a very high success rate and they typically last your entire life, though in a few cases a tooth may need to be treated again due to recurring infection.
Signs you may need Root Canal Treatment
- An abscess on your gums
- Your teeth become sensitive to temperature (hot and cold)
- Severe tooth pain
- Swelling of the gums
- Gums feeling tender
Reasons for root canal therapy:
- Decay has reached the tooth pulp.
- Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
- Injury or trauma to the tooth.
Dr. Griffin has been the root canal treatment expert for years in Boystown and Wrigleyville and has been involved in many root canal therapy cases. He will inform and educate you on every step of the process to restore your tooth.
Call us today at 773-296-0325 or set an appointment using our online form if you have been experiencing any of these signs or would like to know if you are a candidate to save a tooth with root canal treatment.