Westmont, IL Dentist
Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
6418 S. Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 963-8680
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Hickory Hills, IL Dentist
Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
9525 S. 79th Avenue
Hickory Hills, IL 60457
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By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
August 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canals   toothache  

Root Canal DiagramMost people have heard all the jokes and horror stories about root canals, which in addition to being inaccurate can also prevent people from getting the dental care they need. In reality, root canals are much less invasive and traumatic than the myths would have you believe. They are also often the last resort available to save a badly damaged or decayed tooth (hint: extractions are much more intense - and obviously permanent - than root canal therapy). Dr. Frederic Mrugala, a dentist serving Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL, offers general and cosmetic dentistry services for every dental need.

Root Canal Therapy in Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL

In healthy teeth, the nerve endings, blood vessels, and root (known as the pulp) are insulated and well protected from bacteria and infection. But sometimes teeth become vulnerable to bacteria and infection either through trauma from an accident, fall, or sports injury, or from large and untreated cavities or structural fractures from previous dental work. When pulp tissue becomes inflamed or infected, it can be extremely painful and put the tooth and your oral health at risk. A root canal procedure cleans the tooth from the inside out, and removes any damaged tissue to bring the tooth back to health.

Is Root Canal Therapy Painful?

The irony is that despite its reputation, root canal therapy is not only not exceptionally painful, but it is actually a tool to relieve tooth pain. The procedure is fairly similar to getting a cavity filled in terms of the minimal discomfort and pressure you may feel while the dentist works. After applying local anesthesia, the dentist will drill a small hole to remove the damaged tissue and clean the tooth, after which it is sealed and protected with a dental crown.

Find a Dentist Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL

You don't have to let fear and anxiety interfere with your oral health. For more information about root canal therapy and how to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mrugala by calling 630-963-8680 in Westmont or 708-598-8363 in Hickory Hills, IL.

By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
August 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: toothache   Root Canal  

Find out if the symptoms you are experiencing could be telling you that a root canal is on the horizon.Root Canal, Toothache

 

Wouldn’t it be nice if your mouth could tell you exactly what’s going on and let you know when there is a problem? Well, sometimes it actually does give out some warning signs, but it’s important that you know what these warning signs are so you know when to visit our Hickory Hills, IL, dentist Dr. Frederic Mrugala. It’s important that you give us a call if you start to notice any of these issues:

  • Severe dental pain, particularly when eating, biting down or chewing
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Swelling or tenderness of the gums around the tooth
  • Darkening of the tooth
  • A pimple-like growth on the gums near the tooth (an abscess)

While many of these symptoms won’t show up until the problem is more widespread, the first symptom most people will experience is a toothache. You should know that a toothache is considered a dental emergency and needs to be checked out by our Hickory Hill, IL, dentist right away. In most cases, a toothache is a sign that there is a problem and this problem won’t go away on its own.

What does a toothache mean?

Having a toothache could mean several things. You could be dealing with a cavity that will need to be removed and then filled. Of course, a toothache may also be the result of damage (e.g. cracks, chips or fractures), an infection or deep decay that has spread to the inside of the tooth.

Once the dental pulp (a structure inside the tooth that contains nerves and connective tissue) is infected or inflamed, it will need to be removed in order to prevent the problem from getting worse. This damaged dental pulp is removed during root canal therapy to prevent the damage from spreading to the roots of the tooth. Getting root canal therapy now could prevent a tooth extraction in the future.

With two offices in Hickory Hills, IL, and Westmont, IL, Dr. Mrugala is able to provide quality, complete dental care for everyone in your family. If you are experiencing a toothache or any changes in your smile that just don’t seem right, it’s the perfect time to give us a call.

By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
June 29, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canals   tooth pain   toothache  

If you’re like most people, a root canal probably isn’t near the top of your to-do list. But here's the truth about root canals: not only aretoothache they not as bad as you’ve heard, but they can bring a huge amount of relief to a troublesome tooth. Your Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL dentist, Dr. Frederic Mrugala, wants you to know that if you have a tooth that becomes painful and inflamed over and over again, a root canal could solve the cause of the recurrent infection.

Root Canals Can Solve Toothaches for Good

If you have a problem tooth that won’t get better no matter what you do, it’s possible that the pulp itself is damaged. The pulp is the living inner tissue of the tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels. When these tissues become infected, it can cause severe or recurrent pain in your tooth, jaw or head. Removing these damaged tissues is often the simplest way to put an end to your problem.

How Does a Root Canal Work?

A root canal has three basic steps:

  1. Creating a small hole in the outer tooth
  2. Removing infected tissue from the inner chambers and sanitizing them
  3. Sealing the tooth with a filling and/or crown

The removal of damaged tissue gets rid of the infection at its source, and the crown seals off the tooth for extra protection against future damage.

As always, appropriate anesthesia will be used during your root canal. Most people find them to be no more difficult than a standard filling, so don't let fear of root canals stop you from getting the relief you deserve.

Westmont and Hickory Hills Dentist

If you have a tooth that seems to need a little extra care, ask Dr. Mrugala if a root canal could solve your problem. Our caring dental professionals will evaluate your dental health to help you get out of pain as quickly as possible. For root canals in Westmont, IL call (630) 963-8680, and in Hickory Hills, IL call (708) 598-8363 or request your appointment now.