Pre Root Canal Treatment

Sometimes we hold off visiting our dentist in Chicago, especially if we think we need a root canal. Before you get nervous, it’s important to learn all about root canals and the procedure that comes with it. Reading about a root canal before you have to have one may ease your nerves a bit.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure that saves your natural tooth. It is usually less expensive than a replacement tooth. Your general dentist or endodontist medically removes a seriously injured or diseased tooth. Did you know that a root canal is also known as an endodontic treatment? The procedure is the best way to relieve serious pain and make teeth healthy again. Additionally, a root canal can help protect the surrounding teeth from excessive wear or strain.

Root canal symptoms

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to reach out to your dentist. They may want you to come in for an appointment to see if a root canal is necessary.

  • Severe toothache pain—especially when chewing or applying pressure to the tooth
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Tenderness and swelling in nearby gums
  • A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums

Did you know that you may need a root canal without having any of the above symptoms? That’s why it’s important that you see your dentist twice a year or as prescribed by your doctor.

What are the steps for a root canal?

It’s possible that a root canal treatment may take place over more than one dentist visit. It’s important to ask your dentist about the procedure so you can plan accordingly with your regular routine. These are the steps taken to save your tooth:

  • First, your tooth is numbed. We want you to be as comfortable as possible during the procedure. A thin and flexible sheet of latex (or non-latex) material, called a rubber dam is placed over your tooth. This keeps it dry. Then an opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber.
  • The tooth’s nerve or pulp is removed from the pulp chamber and the canal of each root of the tooth. The root canal is cleaned and shaped. When it’s disinfected, it can be filled.
  • It’s possible that your dentist may place medicine in the pulp chamber. This will help treat the infection.
  • The treated root canals are filled with a rubber-like material to seal them.
  • You will receive a temporary filling. This is placed in your tooth to prevent infection of the root canals. You will also be given antibiotics to fight the infection that may have been spread beyond this tooth.
  • Lastly, we remove the temporary filling that was placed at the beginning of the procedure. We restore the tooth with a crown or a permanent filling. This strengthens and improves the way your tooth looks.

A root canal at your dentist in Chicago can take roughly 90 minutes to complete (per tooth). However, the procedure is always dependent on the person. Your tooth may feel sensitive for the first few days after the procedure. Take over-the-counter pain medication of the pain persists. You will most likely be able to return to your regular activities the next day.

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