• Dr. Kent Splaingard
  • Dr. Kathy Splaingard
find us on facebook review us on google patient login

Root Canals in Granite City, IL

 
root canals

Dental health and root canals

In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you would probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called root canal treatment, your tooth can be saved. Root canals are a relatively simple procedure that entail one to three office visits. Best of all, having a root canal when necessary can save your tooth and your smile!

What is the purpose of a root canal?

A tooth's nerve is not vitally important to a tooth's health and function after it has emerged through the gums. Its only function is sensory: to convey the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth.

When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and germs can cause an infection inside. If left untreated, an abscess may form. If the infected tissue is not removed, pain and swelling can result. This can not only injure your jawbones, but it is detrimental to your overall health. Without the proper treatment, your tooth may have to be removed.

What are the signs that a root canal is needed?

Teeth that require root canal therapy are not always painful. However, signs you may need a root canal include severe toothache, pain upon chewing or application of pressure, prolonged sensitivity or pain in response to hot and cold temperatures, a dark discoloration of the tooth, and swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor.

What happens during a root canal?

Root canal treatment involves one to three visits. During treatment, your dentist removes the diseased tissue which allows the infection to drain. If more than one visit is needed to completely cleanse the interior of the tooth, a temporary restoration will be placed to keep any additional bacteria from entering the tooth.  Once the tooth is  clean the space inside the roots will be sealed with a bio-compatible material. Finally, the tooth can be restored. 

If your tooth had extensive decay, your doctor may suggest rebuilding it with a post and core and then placing a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from breakage. As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last the rest of your life.

Back To Top