Endodontics

Although our teeth are amazingly strong, we sometimes damage a tooth, and it can even get infected. If an infection is severe enough to harm the remainder of your mouth, then you may need to have a root canal, also known as an endodontic treatment, performed on your tooth to save it.

How Do I Know If I Need An Endodontic Treatment?

Oral pain associated with toothaches or cracked or fractured teeth is a common reaction if left untreated, but it can be difficult to determine where a root canal may be needed. Since there are a lot of networks of nerves within your mouth, the pain of an infected tooth is often felt in another part of the mouth.

What Can Happen If Left Untreated?

Without a proper root canal, the tooth’s pulp and the connected blood vessels and nerves inside of the tooth near the root and are compromised (and extremely painful). If this infection is not treated in a timely manner, it will damage the tooth and cause extreme cases of swelling and pain.

What Does the Procedure Look Like?

The procedure will begin by giving the patient a local anesthetic to numb the area of the mouth before operating. A sheet (either latex or non latex) known as a rubber dam will isolate the tooth from the surrounding teeth during treatment.

Most procedures are just single visit and a follow up, but once in a while there is a need for more appointments, depending on the severity of the infection. An endodontic or root canal therapy treatment has a 90% success rate, so three or more appointments are rare.

What Is The Recovery Time?

After your tooth has undergone endodontic therapy, it should be examined every six to twelve months, to ensure sure that the tooth is healing properly. The area of operation will be evaluated for up to two years depending on the length needed to heal.

It is possible for a tooth to not fully heal during after endodontic treatment. Sometimes, a tooth can die in the future, even if it responded to root canal therapy during the first few appointments. When the tooth dies or cannot heal, it often needs to go through another endodontic treatment.

Am I A Candidate?

Schedule an appointment with our Elmwood Park office to determine if endodontic treatment is right for you. Or call 708-456-1188 if you have any questions.

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