If you have been told that you need a root canal, this is a routine procedure designed to save a damaged tooth. Our dentists understand that root canals can be anxiety-inducing for some patients, which is why we do everything to make them as stress-free as possible. Serving both the North Shore of Chicago and Lakeview, Smile On Dental Salon & Sleep Apnea Center has a team of highly qualified dental professionals ready to educate you about our root canal treatment.
What is a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth, and save the natural tooth. There is no need to be worried if your dentist prescribes you root canal therapy to save your tooth, as millions of teeth are treated and saved every year this way. Put simply, a root canal removes the pulp of your tooth–the soft material inside–to preserve, and ultimately save, a damaged tooth.
Common Symptoms/Signs You Need a Root Canal
The need for a root canal can arise for a variety of reasons. They are needed for a deep cavity, a cracked tooth from injury or genetics, or issues stemming from a previous filling. Patients who need a root canal tend to notice signs such as:
- Sensitive teeth, particularly to hot and cold sensations
- Pimples on the gums
- Severe pain when chewing or biting
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Swollen or tender gums
- Deep decay or darkening of the gums
- Lingering sensitivity to hot and cold, even after the source has been removed
Process and Procedure
Performing a root canal procedure is a multi-step process that involves one or more visits to our dentists to complete. Here is a brief overview of what occurs during the procedure.
- Step 1: Tooth Preparation: During this step, the affected tooth is numbed to minimize discomfort. The dentist will then lay a thin rubber dam over the tooth to keep it dry. Afterward, an opening will be created that goes down into the pulp chamber.
- Step 2: Pulp Removal: The pulp is removed from both the pulp chamber and the root canal. The entire canal will be cleared in order to get rid of any lurking bacteria.
- Step 3: Final Filling: At a follow-up appointment, our dentist will numb the tooth and use the dam to isolate and protect it. The temporary filling will be removed and replaced with a permanent filling before the tooth is topped with a crown.
How Long Does it Last?
In most cases, root canals will last a lifetime. To ensure their success, you must practice good oral hygiene. This includes brushing regularly, flossing regularly, and visiting the dentist.
Get in Touch with Root Canal Dentist in the North Shore and Lakeview
If you need a root canal procedure completed, call 773-525-5545 or contact Dr. Poncza, Dr. Kujawa or Dr. Singh at Smile On Dental Salon and Sleep Apnea Center to schedule your appointment. We look forward to brightening your smile.