Root Canal Therapy
For a tooth that is infected, damaged, or decayed, root canal therapy may be the best form of treatment. Root canals are used to save your natural tooth by removing the pulp, nerves, and any bacteria. The space left behind is filled with medicated dental materials that restore the function of the tooth.
Nothing compares to your natural teeth. Implants are a wonderful alternative, but even the greatest technology doesn’t feel quite like the teeth that were naturally given to you. That being said, we the dentists at Smile First Dental Studio 60659, will do our absolute best to preserve and save your natural teeth!
The alternative to Extraction:
- Root canal therapy is highly successful. Many patients believe that the only option for a severely decayed tooth is to remove it.
- The indications for tooth root canal treatment include: sensitivity to hot and cold, severe tooth pain, swelling or tenderness, abscess on the gums, or there may be no symptoms present.
- Reasons for root canal may also include injury or trauma, decay that has reached the pulp, and infection within the tooth.
Root canal therapy May involve more than one appointment
- Sometimes the tooth may require a bit of time to heal and thus the procedure would be split into two appointments with at least a week in between to allow for healing.
- At Smile First 60659, we have a root canal specialist in house to perform the root canal therapy in very difficult cases.
- At your first visit our root canal dentist will numb the tooth and isolate it using a rubber dam. This keeps the tooth dry from saliva and blood. Once isolated the dentist creates an access to the inside of the tooth, and all of the infected pulp tissue is removed. Once cleaned, the tooth is sealed from further infection by a permanent filling. In some cases it is necessary to place a crown following root canal therapy.
Following each visit with our root canal dentists, Smile First Dentist patients will receive home care instructions for how to care for the tooth that has had root canal treatment.
Remember regular dental visits combined with good eating habits and oral hygiene help lengthen the life of the root canal. Following treatment the tooth may be sensitive. This sensitivity will subside with time and as the inflammation diminishes.
For more information on a root canal procedure, please refer to the video below: