Root Canal Treatment
Think that you may need a root canal? You’ll be happy to know that the procedure is not as painful as it is rumored to be. In fact, using the leading technology at Oradent Associates, this procedure is often said to feel similar in discomfort to that of your average filling. With our root canal treatment, you can walk away from the procedure with long-term relief.
How to Know if You Need a Root Canal
If you’re in need of a root canal, chances are you’ve been experiencing some pretty painful symptoms. This is because a root canal procedure is required to remedy infection, inflammation, and damage that impact the nerves deep within your tooth. Here are some telltale signs that you may need the procedure:
- Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold, with pain lasting for a long duration
- Dental pain when laying down or jogging in place
- Severe toothache (especially when pressure is applied)
- Darkened or discolored dental enamel
- Jaw pain and headaches
- Gum swelling and tenderness
- Sores and sensitivity in the gums
If you’re experiencing one or more of these painful symptoms, be sure to call our Lincolnwood office right away to set up an appointment. It is important to treat any kind of infection, including those of the teeth, in a timely manner.
How Does the Root Canal Procedure Work?
In the innermost layer of your tooth’s root is a substance known as “pulp.” This soft tissue is one that connects the root of your tooth to its outermost surface, the crown. In the case of a severely infected, decayed, or damaged tooth, sometimes the best option is to remove this pulp entirely. Our full-grown teeth do not require this pulp to sustain, so removing it through a root canal procedure will allow you to preserve the natural tooth. Here is what you can expect when having this procedure:
- We will take an x-ray to determine the amount of damage that has been done to the tooth. We will also be able to see the inside of the tooth, root, and an abscess (if present).
- Once we are ready to begin the procedure, we will numb the tooth and surrounding tissue with a local anesthetic.
- Using a rubber dam, we will block the tooth from the rest of the mouth to prevent moisture from getting into the site.
- We will make an opening in the crown of the tooth.
- Then, we will remove bacteria, infected pulp, and debris from the inside of the tooth. We will insert anti-bacterial medication to prevent further infection.
- We will place a temporary filling to cover the tooth as it heals from the procedure. A permanent filling will be placed at a later date.
- When the tooth has healed, we will place a permanent crown over the tooth to improve its structure and strength.
The recovery process is often quite painless after a root canal procedure, as many feel relief after the infected tissue has been removed. That said, we will provide you with a set of instructions to ensure you’re taking care of the tooth properly during the healing process. This mainly includes a proper dental hygiene routine, avoiding chewing with the tooth, and regular check-ups. By following these instructions, you can expect to make a full (and permanent) recovery!
Think you may need a root canal procedure? Want to learn more about the process? Call Oradent Associates today to schedule your appointment.