Root Canal Treatment in Woodridge
4 Star Dental provides root canal treatment in Woodridge, IL. Call 630 869-0063 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Root canal treatment can frequently save a tooth that is badly decayed or damaged. Root canals have an undeserved reputation as something to be feared, but modern techniques ensure that this common procedure is virtually pain-free. Here is what you should know.
What Is a Root Canal?
Each tooth has a root chamber and one to four root canals. These canals are filled with tooth pulp, which is a mix of connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels. Depending on your needs, we treat one, some, or all of the canals during your procedure.
The first step is to fully numb your tooth. You can be sedated before this if desired. Regardless, once your tooth is numb, we will create a small hole in the crown of the tooth, down into the root chamber. This exposes the root canals.
We will remove all of the tissue that is infected or damaged and ensure that the canals are completely clean. We will then use a series of files to gently reshape the canals, place one or more posts if necessary, and use a biocompatible material to seal the canals. Finally, we will place a temporary filling for you to use while a crown is fabricated.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
Occasionally, a tooth that needs a root canal shows no outward signs. Most of the time, though, you will have some or all of the following symptoms:
- Tooth discoloration
- Pain, especially when chewing
- Swelling in the gums
- Temperature sensitivity in the tooth
An untreated tooth is likely to develop an abscess. This can lead to severe swelling, intense pain, bleeding, and further damage. Over time, it could even lead to infection throughout your body.
Is There an Alternative?
If a tooth requires a root canal, the only other option is to pull it. While there are numerous solutions for a missing tooth, such as a partial denture, dental bridge, or dental implant, none of these are as good as your own tooth. If the tooth can be saved with a root canal, it is highly recommended.
Will It Hurt?
Today’s root canals are no more painful than any other dental procedure. In fact, because the infection can cause severe pain in the tooth, many people report that they feel better immediately. After the numbing medication wears off, you might have some discomfort that responds well to over the counter pain medications.
The tooth may feel sensitive for a few days, and it is best not to chew on it until your crown is placed. However, most people feel entirely normal in 72 hours or less. If you do have any significant pain, call us immediately for help.
If you need a root canal, call 4 Star Dental today at 630 869-0063 to schedule your appointment.