East Village Dental Center in West Town Chicago.

Root Canals

A root canal involves the cleaning of canals inside the root of a tooth in order to save the tooth from being removed.

Years ago, root canals were known to be very painful, but with today’s medical advancements and the care you’ll find at East Village Dental Centre, this is no longer the case. If you are having pain that you think is being caused by a damaged tooth, make an appointment with Dr. Treinkman or anyone on his team of professionals to guide you in the right direction. Some patients choose to extract the damaged tooth and replace it with an implant. If you choose to have a root canal, making sure you take care of it following the treatment is very important for minimizing your healing time.

Some discomfort may be experienced after treatment due to irritation of the tooth’s supporting bone, ranging from mild discomfort to considerable pain. This discomfort will usually maximize in approximately 48-72 hours and then subside. Please avoid chewing with the treated tooth for a few days.

If a throbbing sensation occurs, please keep your head elevated and place extra pillows under your head when lying down. Avoid any strenuous activity as much as possible. If your tooth has been left open to aid in drainage of an infection, place cotton in your tooth as directed. Do not leave the cotton in the tooth between meals. If swelling of the gum is present or should appear after a treatment visit, please rinse the area every 1-2 hours with a solution of warm salt water. This can be prepared by adding a teaspoon of salt to an 8 oz. glass of warm water. If swelling of the face is present or should appear, apply an ice pack to the area for 20 minutes, alternating 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off. If antibiotic medication has been prescribed please take it as indicated until you have finished all of the medication. If you encounter any difficulty in breathing, a skin rash, or gastric disturbance should occur, please discontinue the medication and call the office.

Root canals are a common procedure and at East Village Dental Centre, we’re here to answer any questions you may have. If you are having pain that you believe is being caused by a damaged or infected tooth, call the office today and make an appointment so Dr. Treinkman can inform you of all your options.

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