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Root Canal Treatment West Loop

Diagram of tooth showing tooth root at Cameo Dental SpecialistsAt Cameo Dental Specialists, we can perform a root canal procedure for you at our West Loop location in Chicago. This procedure could save your tooth and stop the spread of infection.

If you are suffering from tooth pain, don't ignore it. Contact us at Cameo Dental Specialists today to schedule an appointment.

What Is Root Canal Treatment?

With root canal therapy, we can remove the infection from the inside of your tooth, while saving the tooth from needing to be extracted.

First, our specialists remove the infected or inflamed pulp, then they carefully shape and clean the inside of your root canal. Once they finish this step, they fill and seal the root canal.

After that, our experts will schedule you an appointment to return to our West Loop office again. Then, a crown will be placed on the tooth to restore its full functionality, as well as protect the root canal.

Once the restoration is done, your tooth will resume to its normal functionality, just like the rest of your teeth.

How Do You Know If You Need a Root Canal?

A treatment of this type is usually necessary when you have a broken tooth, when you have a deep cavity in a tooth, or when there are problems from a previous treatment. In some cases, if your teeth are very sensitive to heat or cold, it could be a signal that you need root canal treatment.

Specifically, however, some symptoms that could make you realize that you need this treatment are intense and perennial sensations of heat and cold, high pain during chewing, pimples on the gums, swollen gums, or severe tooth decay.

Before getting a root canal, we will perform a thorough exam first, to determine if you truly have an infection. This may include a visual exam as well as x-rays. With x-rays, we can see under the gums, and into the bone. X-rays can also be a helpful tool in developing the best treatment plan.

How Is a Root Canal Done?

Before treatment begins, we first administer a local anesthetic. We clean and dry the affected tooth, and create a barrier that keeps out saliva and bacteria during the procedure.

We drill a small hole into the tooth, which provides access to the inside. With small, specialized tools, we can remove the pulp, clean the interior of the tooth and shape the canals. The newly shaped area is packed with a filling material to keep out new bacteria.

After the tooth is filled, it is prepared (shaved down) for a crown, which provides strength and stability to your weakened tooth. An impression is taken of the tooth and sent off to a lab, which creates your custom, permanent restoration.

While you wait for the restoration to come back, we will provide you with a temporary crown to help keep out any new bacteria. You may experience minor discomfort for a few days following your root canal, but it should dissipate quickly. Once your permanent crown is placed, you will be able to eat as normal.

What Are the Benefits of a Root Canal?

The root canal treatment is a treatment used to cure and save an infected or severely carious tooth. During the root canal treatment, our dentists will simply remove the pulp and nerve of the tooth. Subsequently, the inside of the tooth will be cleaned and sealed. It is an essential treatment to be able to save the natural tooth.

If the pulp is not extracted from an infected root canal, there may also be other problems in addition to an abscess. You could face swelling that can also extend to the whole face, neck or head; bone loss at the base of the root; drainage problems to the outside of the root could cause a hole in the side of the tooth with drainage problems in the gums or even in the cheek.

Root Canal FAQ's

How Long Does a Root Canal Take?

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How Long Does a Root Canal Last?

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How Long Does a Root Canal Take to Heal?

For many people, root canal therapy is what finally eliminates their toothache. After the dentist has numbed your mouth and performed any necessary preparation steps to remove infected tissue from your tooth's roots, you should not feel much more than pressure while he or she removes the infected part. You should also be expecting some sensitivity and minor pain after the drug has neutralized.

Your tooth may feel sensitive or sore, and you could experience some jaw discomfort from having your mouth open for the procedure. We recommend that once you get home, you rinse with salt water to prevent infection and clean the mouth thoroughly. If you feel any discomfort in your bite, please let us know. The pain from a root canal should be minimal and subside in a couple of days following the treatment.

Can You Drive after a Root Canal?

Most patients are comfortable during a root canal and feel no pain thanks to the anesthetic. You will be able to go home unassisted unless we have used general anesthesia to treat you. Some of our patients with dental anxiety require this method of numbing.

Can You Eat After a Root Canal?

Depending on how far your nerves extend into a given tooth, you may need to eat softer foods to heal effectively after your root canal treatment.

Can You Smoke After a Root Canal?

Smoking is not advised after receiving a root canal, as it delays the healing process. This is because smoking decreases blood flow, damages the cells in your mouth, and causes inflammation.

Taking care of your teeth after the treatment is essential in ensuring that the same process does not repeat itself. The dentist will also ensure to give you tips on how to protect your teeth from cavities, decay, and abscess. Brushing, flossing, eating healthy foods, and seeing a dentist regularly are the most recommended tips.

Schedule a Consultation with Your West Loop Dental Specialists Today!

If you need more information about root canals, please get in touch with us here at Cameo Dental Specialists at (312) 201-4141. We will be happy to help you in any way that we can.

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