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Although root canals have gotten a bad reputation over the years they really are a very important dental procedure. Thanks to root canals, teeth that would have needed to be extracted in the past can now be saved. A root canal is needed when the pulp of your tooth becomes infected due to decay, or an injury to the tooth. The pulp is removed, the root chamber is cleaned and enlarged, and a material called gutta percha is inserted to take the place of the missing pulp. The tooth is sealed, and your dentist will then give set up an appointment for a follow-up visit and to discuss the next steps with you, such as a crown or a filling.

Occasionally, teeth that have had root canals in the past may need to be re-treated. In some cases, bacteria may have been present in the tooth that has had time to create another infection. It could be that a canal was missed during the procedure and an infection is present in that canal. If your tooth develops a crack after your root canal, that could allow bacteria to find its way into your tooth. If the inner seal in your root chamber wears out over time, an infection could develop. If you start to experience pain in a tooth that has had a root canal, or you experience pain, swelling, nausea, chills or sweating, you should contact your dentist right away.

If you have a tooth that has been giving you some trouble, then don’t delay in calling DM Family Dentistry in Chicago, Illinois to schedule an appointment with our dentists, Dr. Doris Madrigal. We look forward to helping you have a happy, healthy smile!