Root Canal Treatment
Experiencing dental pain or has your dentist told you that you need a root canal?
Root canal treatment is an often straightforward procedure to and saves your teeth. Patients typically need a root canal when there is inflammation or infection in the roots of a tooth. During, a dentist carefully removes the pulp inside the tooth, cleans, disinfects and shapes the root canals, and places a filling to seal the space.
To learn more about what happens during root canal treatment, click on the attached video that walks you step-by-step through the procedure.
Why would I need a root canal treatment?
Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The most common reasons for inflammation or infection are deep cavities (caries), repeated dental procedures, cracks or chips. Trauma can also cause inflammation and often shows up as discoloration of the tooth. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
Signs and symptoms
Indications for treatment include prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration of the tooth, swelling or tenderness of the tooth or adjacent gums. Sometimes there are no symptoms.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, be sure to call our Des Plaines office straight away to schedule your appointment. That said, tooth decay can occur gradually without exhibiting symptoms, so it is important to visit the dentist twice a year to prevent severe decay before it can begin.
How can root canal treatment help me?
The Dentist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the canal system and then seals the prepared space. Most treatment is now performed in a single appointment ranging from 30-90 minutes (depending on the number of canals). Once treatment is completed, you may need a permanent reconstruction of the treated tooth. The restoration of the tooth is an important part of treatment because it seals the cleaned canals from the oral environment, protects the tooth and restores it to function and stability.
How painful is a root canal?
Most people associate having a root canal with a lot of pain and discomfort. However, while most people can expect some discomfort during and after a root canal procedure, excessive pain is not normal. ... A root canal will treat the diseased tissue (pulp) while preserving the rest of the tooth. Seeking treatment early makes the procedure more comfortable, so don't wait. When caught early, treatment should feel no different than having a regular filling. For the first few days after treatment, there may be some sensitivity to biting pressure, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. Sometimes over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications (like Advil and Tylenol) are recommended for a day or two.
Which is a better solution, root canal or extraction?
Between a root canal and a tooth extraction, a root canal is often the preferred choice because it works on fixing your natural tooth so that it could remain in place. ... If a tooth is far too compromised, your dentist might recommend an extraction, followed by a dental implant to replace what was lost.