Root canal treatment at the Beautiful Smiles Dental Center in Chicago starts with identifying the full extent of the problem. First, we’ll take an x-ray to get a better understanding of how far the infection has spread. The x-ray will also provide your dentist with a clear view of the root canal shape and how many root canals the tooth has.
Once we’re ready to go ahead with the procedure, we’ll ensure you’re as comfortable as possible by administering a local anesthetic – this will make sure that pain is keep to an absolute minimum during the procedure. As soon as the anesthetic has completely numbed the area, and the area has been properly prepared, the main part of the procedure can begin.
The procedure will involve drilling a small hole into the tooth, that’ll provide suitable access to remove the pulp. The root canal will then be completely cleared of all signs of the infection, including the pulp and any debris. The cavity will be scraped, cleaned and flushed.
The next step of the procedure is to make the root canal larger, which will be achieved by filing the root canal. Then, the canal will either be filled, or in some cases where multiple root canals need to be treated, medication may be added to the root canal between appointments.
At the end of the procedure, your dentist will seal the tooth with either a permanent crown or filling, or a temporary filling if more treatment is required. If a temporary filling is used, then a second appointment will be required to remove the filling, finish the treatment and replace the filling with a permanent one.
If you would like to know more about root canal treatment, then you can contact the Beautiful Smiles Dental Center at any time to arrange to speak to one of our dental experts, who’ll be happy to discuss the treatment with you.
Recovery After Root Canal Treatment
After root canal treatment, you should expect the treated area to feel sensitive, which may last for a few days. You may also feel some discomfort, which can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication. You’re unlikely to feel much pain after the treatment, but the level of pain will depend on the extent of the treatment and how severe the infection was before treatment.
If the procedure needs to be split into multiple appointments, then hard food should be avoided with a temporary filling, as there’s a risk that the filling could be damaged. It’s also important to take care of the treated area with a good routine of brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental check-ups.
After the procedure, your Beautiful Smiles Dentist will walk you through everything that’s required for a fast and healthy recovery.
Root Canal Treatment: FAQ
If you’ve never experienced a root canal treatment first-hand, then you may be unsure about just what you should expect from the procedure. Here are the answers to a number of frequently asked questions about root canals:
- How Can Root Canal Problems Be Avoided?
Like many dental problems, root canal problems can be avoided to some extent with a good oral hygiene routine that includes regular dental check-ups and thorough brushing and flossing. Protecting your teeth when playing sports, visiting a dentist at the first sign of tooth pain, and avoiding hard foods and fizzy drinks can also help to prevent root canal problems.
- Is There an Alternative to Root Canal Treatment?
Due to the severity of root canal problems, the only alternative to having root canal treatment is dental extraction. If you choose dental extraction instead of root canal treatment, it’ll mean the loss of your natural teeth, however, there are many options for tooth replacement after extraction. Implants and bridges are two popular options to restore the look of your smile and help with the restoration of natural function after extraction.
- Will It Be Obvious That I’ve Had Root Canal Treatment?
The procedure for root canals is finished with the addition of a crown or filling, so while it won’t be obvious that you’ve had root canal treatment, it will appear like you’ve had a standard filling.
If you would like to know more about root canal treatment, or if you have any questions about the treatment, don’t hesitate to call the friendly team at the Beautiful Smiles Dental Center – we’re happy to provide advice and guidance on all our dental treatments!
Contact the Beautiful Smiles Dental Center Today
A root canal infection is a serious problem that can cause major damage to the health of your entire mouth. With professional root canal treatment, you can regain the full use of your teeth, without pain and without concern over the spread of infection.
If you’re tired of putting up with the pain of root canal problems, and want a long-lasting solution, then the Beautiful Smiles Dental Center is the Chicago-based dental practice to call. From the initial examination to our excellent treatment procedures and friendly assistance during recovery, you can count on the team at the Beautiful Smiles Dental Center to make sure your dental treatment is comfortable and stress-free.