Wrigleyville Dental — Your Root Canal Specialist in Chicago
Wrigleyville Dental is your root canal specialist in Chicago. Our professionals will discuss the benefits, risks, and alternative treatment options with you before recommending a root canal. Our practice is one of the few holistic dental practices within the Chicago area, which means we treat your oral health while keeping your overall health in mind. A root canal may not be the best treatment for everyone, and there are holistic / biological ways of receiving one if it is the right option for you. Learn more by calling us at 773-975-6666.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
In the center of your teeth, there’s a small thread of nerve-filled, sensitive tissue that’s known as the pulp. When the pulp becomes exposed due to extensive damage, bacteria, or tooth decay, a root canal procedure may be recommended to save your tooth. While root canals have a reputation of being painful and scary, most people don’t feel any discomfort during the procedure after the area has been numbed.
During the procedure, a small hole is made in the tooth. Afterward, the nerve is removed and the canals of the tooth are sterilized and dried, and ozonated water and gas is used to kill any bacteria left inside the canal. A filling material, typically Gutta-percha, a rubber compound, is used to fill the canals. Typically this part is done by an endodontist – a root canal specialist. After the procedure, you will come back to your general dentist to have a dental crown placed on the tooth to protect it and restore the function of the tooth. Without a crown, the root canaled tooth is brittle and prone to fracture.
Do You Need a Root Canal Procedure?
Root canal therapy is used when there has been irreversible damage to the pulp of the tooth. Common causes of this type of damage that may indicate you need a root canal include:
- Broken or chipped teeth that leave the pulp (nerve) exposed
- Tooth decay that’s penetrated through the tooth’s enamel, through the dentin, and into the pulp of the tooth
- Previous trauma to a tooth
Typical symptoms may include:
- Constant pain in the tooth
- Sensitivity to hot, cold, and biting on the tooth
- The tooth wakes you up at night or it’s hard to fall asleep because of it.
- Typical over-the-counter pain medication isn’t helping.
Benefits of Root Canal Treatment in Chicago – The Traditional Dentistry Approach
Having a root canal done offers several key benefits: One of the best benefits is that this procedure helps save the natural tooth. A missing tooth can cause several complications, such as bite problems and crooked teeth. Of course, a root canal treatment isn’t for everyone, so you’ll want to discuss this procedure and your unique situation with your dentist.
Risks of Root Canal Treatment – The Holistic / Biological Dentistry Approach
Let’s take a look at a root canal in a holistic sense. When we remove the nerve of the tooth, there is no longer blood supply coming in or out.
- This means that any bacteria accumulating around the tooth is not being eliminated from the area. Root canaled teeth are prone to having bacterial build up around the roots and bone of the teeth. If you already have a root canal and want to see if/how much/and the type of bacteria around your root canal, we have a test to evaluate the bacterial load of the tooth.
- Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years. The meridian system is a channel network that allows life-energy or qi to flow through various parts of the body. If a part is dead (a root canaled tooth), the flow is stopped. These meridians are lines that flow through the entire body. Having the flow “stuck” in one part of the body can affect an organ in the same meridian. See the Tooth Meridian Chart for more details.
- Many of you may know and even follow Dr. Mercola. He discusses how we don’t keep any other dead tissues in our body. If we had frost-bite or gangrene on a pinky, we wouldn’t keep it – we would cut it out. So why are we keeping dead teeth?
- Some bodies are able to handle more burden than others. Like that grandma that smoked cigarettes and drank a glass of wine every day and lived to 100, there are people with root canals that can live healthy lives and live into their 100s. But some people’s bodies just can’t handle having foreign substances. If you have auto-immune or other health issues, a root canal may not be for you. Please call our office and meet with one of our holistic dental specialists to learn about the best approach for your body.
Contact Us Today!
If you think you may need root canal therapy or want to learn more about our holistic approach to dentistry, call Wrigleyville Dental at 773-975-6666. Or, contact us online today!