Effective Root Canal Treatment to Restore Your Oral Health
Root canal treatment removes infected tooth pulp and protects the structure from future infections. Robert W. Hessberger, DDS in Chicago IL, is proud to provide gentle root canal treatment that successfully eliminates tooth decay. With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Hessberger and his team will make sure you are comfortable and informed while your oral health is restored through root canal therapy. We also offer emergency dental care for patients who are in need of immediate treatment.
When Is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?
A cavity will eventually spread from the outer enamel and penetrate into the pulp chamber. The pulp chamber is the inner portion of the tooth connected to the tooth roots. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and other soft tissues, and when infected, can cause intense tooth pain and discomfort. In addition to being painful, untreated dental decay can initiate tooth shifting, tooth loss, or other dental issues.
Root canal therapy is the standard treatment for infection in the pulp chamber. The primary goal of root canal treatment is to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible. This is strongly preferred over tooth extraction, which can have negative long-term effects on your oral structure and also weaken the jaw.
Signs that indicate you may have a dental infection that requires root canal therapy include:
- Tooth sensitivity to temperature even after the hot or cold item is removed from the mouth
- Discomfort when applying pressure near the affected tooth
- Darkened tooth enamel
- Gum tenderness or swelling
- Tooth discomfort while eating
- Discoloration or small bumps along the gums
- A loose tooth