Endodontics (Root Canals) in Glenview IL
No one wants to get a root canal, but there is a lot of unnecessary fear around the topic. Many patients believe root canals are a painful experience, when the real culprit behind the pain associated with root canals is the infected tooth itself.
At Gallery Park Dental, we have the training and gentle touch to ensure our patients get the best root canal therapy with little to no pain or discomfort.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
When a tooth becomes compromised by decay, trauma, or other means, it becomes susceptible to infection. If this infection reaches the soft, tender pulp in the center of the tooth that houses the roots, it may cause extreme discomfort and develop an abscess.
Abscesses can be very painful and cause swelling and tenderness in the area around the infected tooth. Oftentimes the only treatment options for an abscessed tooth are extraction or root canal therapy. Glenview dentists Dr. Gripentrog and Dr. Rogers prefer to save our patients' teeth whenever possible. For restorable teeth with an infected nerve, a root canal is often the recommended treatment.
What Is a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy consists of removing the decayed part of the tooth and opening a channel into the pulp. We use a series of thin metal files to carefully remove the tooth's pulp and the nerves within, cleaning the canals within the tooth. After the infected pulp is removed, the canals are sterilized and filled with gutta percha. This is a rubber-like substance that melts at a low temperature, allowing us to completely fill the sterilized canals and help prevent future recurrences of infection.
Patients will receive local anesthetic before any root canal to alleviate any experience pain or discomfort during the procedure. Root canals are a safe and effective way of saving a tooth when the nerve has been compromised by infection.
After a Root Canal
Once a root canal has been performed, we recommend patients get a crown on the affected tooth. Usually by the time a root canal is necessary, the decay is too extensive to restore using a simple filling. After a root canal has been completed the remaining tooth is more susceptible to fracture, and a crown is often recommended.
After a root canal, most patients will experience immediate relief from the pain of their abscess. Some tenderness around the affected tooth is normal for the first few days and can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen. If a patient is experiencing extreme pain or swelling after a root canal, they should contact our Glenview dental office immediately for a follow-up appointment.
Don't Suffer in Pain – Get a Root Canal
If you are experiencing the symptoms of an abscessed tooth or believe you may need a root canal, call our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.