Root Canal Treatment

If the dental pulp within a tooth is injured or infected, the tooth dies since it is unable to receive the necessary nutrients. In this situation, the only way to save the tooth is a root canal. During a root canal, also known as endodontics treatment, the dentist drills into the tooth and extracts the problem-causing pulp. They then clean the pulp chamber and caps the tooth with a protective, aesthetic crown. The root canal procedure is performed under general anesthetic to ensure your comfort and ease. We offer this root canal service here at our Elmwood Park, IL clinic.

Why Are Root Canals Necessary?

A root canal becomes necessary when the pulp of a tooth is badly decayed, infected, or abscessed. Symptoms include:

  • Severe toothaches when chewing
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Swelling or tenderness of nearby gums

What Is The Root Canal Procedure?

A root canal may take one or possibly two visits, depending on the severity of the damage and the presence of infection. During the first visit our dentist will take x-rays to determine the root canal's shape and search for possible infection. Then the area is anesthetized for the patient's comfort and ease. An access hole is drilled into the tooth. The pulp, decayed nerve, and any bacteria or infection are removed from the canal of the tooth. If there was no infection, and no other restorative treatment is needed, the tooth will be sealed that same day and the root canal will be complete. However, if there is evidence of infection, the dentist may apply medication and a temporary seal or filling until the infection is healed. Once healed, the tooth can be permanently sealed and filled. Further treatment, such as a crown, may be necessary to fully restore the functionality and aesthetics of the tooth. After the procedure, many people are back to work the next day. You should feel relief from the pain, although some sensitivity may remain while the tooth heals. This is due to inflammation of tissue and is a normal part of the healing process. If this occurs you can use over the counter medication such as ibuprofen to reduce the soreness.

What Aftercare Is Required For Root Canals?

As with any dental procedure or treatment, the number one instruction for aftercare is brushing and flossing regularly. Root canals have a high success rate and the repaired tooth can last a lifetime if properly cared for. Regular oral hygiene and visits to your dentist can improve your chances of success.

Contact our Elmwood Park clinic at 708-456-1188 or schedule an appointment online today.

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