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 St. Charles, IL 60174
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By St. Charles Family Dentistry
August 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals   Tooth Pain  

ToothacheDo you think you may need a root canal?

Root Canals relieve pain, contrary to common belief. Just ask your St. Charles, IL, dentists, Dr. Edmund Lipskis, Dr. Lynn Lipskis, and Dr. Dana Lipskis.

More About Root Canals

A tooth is composed of several layers:

  • The outermost layer is enamel; it's the strong and white part of the tooth.
  • The second layer is dentin; it's yellowish and a bit softer.
  • The third layer is the pulp; it consists of blood vessels and nerves.
  • The last layer is cementum; it anchors the whole tooth to the jawbone.

When a cavity is deep enough to infiltrate the enamel and the dentin, it ultimately reaches the pulp, which sometimes leads to excruciating pain.

Your St. Charles dentist will then need to remove the pulp, clean and disinfect the canal from any bacteria remaining then seal the canal to prevent any more bacteria from entering and flourishing again.

Purpose of a Root Canal

Poor dental hygiene is a main player when it comes to needing a root canal. If you don't brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day, you will suffer from plaque and tartar building up.

Plaque and tartar are not only difficult to clean at some point, but the bacteria will eat away at your teeth wreaking havoc on your teeth and reaching the pulp.

Preventing a Root Canal

Brushing and flossing aren't the only things you need to take into consideration. Eating sugary foods and drinks like candies and soda contribute to this issue. Healthy foods like apples and drinking water will help remove plaque and food debris from your teeth.

If you have any questions or concerns about root canals, don't hesitate to call your St. Charles, IL, dentist. Call to schedule an appointment at this number: (630) 377-3131.