Root Canals - Clarendon Hills, IL
Alleviate Pain, Avoid Tooth Extraction with Root Canal Therapy
When a tooth is internally traumatized, we may recommend root canal therapy to save the tooth and eliminate discomfort. Your teeth have a hard outer shell (enamel), a secondary layer (dentin), and a soft inner core that contains the nerve structure (pulp). If a tooth sustains extensive damage, the pulp can die, which stimulates increased blood flow and creates pressure within the tooth. Infection can set in, and all of these components cause toothache pain. You don't have to suffer with toothache and dental sensitivity any longer. Call now and schedule your appointment with Dr. Hong or Dr. Lam for root canals in Clarendon Hills, IL. Our Clarendon Hills dental office serves patients from Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, and the surrounding areas.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a procedure necessary when tooth decay or damage reaches the innermost layers of teeth called the pulp. This is where the tooth’s nerve is housed. When the tooth’s nerve tissue is accessed, the result can be severe pain or dental sensitivity. During a root canal, Dr. Hong or Dr. Lam will remove the diseased and/or damaged inner tissue, fill the canal with an inert substance, and seal the tooth to prevent future problems.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
We often treat patients in need of a root canal on an emergency basis. In order to begin repairing these damaged teeth in the earliest stages, patients need to be aware of the warning signs of damage that requires treatment with root canal therapy. We encourage patients to contact us right away if they notice any of the warning signs of root canal therapy. Some of the most common symptoms of a need for root canal treatment include:
- Severe toothache pain that may present as sharp pain while biting down or a dull, constant throb.
- Lingering sensitivity when the tooth is exposed to heat or cold.
- Discoloration of the tooth enamel usually near the gum line.
- Inflammation, irritation, or infection in the gum tissue around a single tooth.
How is a Root Canal Performed?
Root canals can take two or more visits to our dental office to complete. We begin by relieving any pain or discomfort you’re currently experiencing. We’ll numb the area around the damaged tooth. Then, a small access hole is drilled from the top of the tooth into the pulp. The damaged tooth structures are removed through the access hole. In some cases, we need to use oral or topical antibiotics to fully debride the inside of the tooth preventing further damage. Once the tooth is free from damaged or infected tissue, we refill it with a biocompatible substance and seal the access hole. In most cases, we will design and place a dental crown in order to strengthen and protect the repaired tooth.
What Happens After Root Canal Therapy?
Many people cringe at the idea of a root canal because they think it will cause pain. What most patients don't realize is that any discomfort they feel comes from the infection inside the tooth. After root canal therapy, patients generally feel better and experience only mild soreness, which over-the-counter analgesics will relieve.
Root Canal Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have questions about root canal therapy? We have answers! There are a lot of misconceptions out there about root canals – the biggest one being that root canal therapy is extremely painful – so it is perfectly understandable if you want more information before deciding to undergo treatment. That is why we have compiled some of the most common questions – and answers – about root canals below. If you still have questions after reading these FAQs, do not hesitate to give us a call!
Are Root Canals Extremely Painful?
According to the American Association of Endodontists, most patients feel little to no pain at all during root canal surgery.
Our dentists use local anesthesia to effectively numb the tissue surrounding the damaged tooth to prevent any feelings of discomfort. If the thought of visiting the dentist or undergoing root canal therapy is a source of major anxiety, nitrous oxide or another form of sedation can help put you at ease during your visit.
Thanks to this combination of modern anesthesia and sedation dentistry, you can expect a root canal in Clarendon Hills to be similar to getting a routine filling – easy and painless!
Can Root Canals Cause Serious Illnesses?
Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation about root canals on the internet, including websites that say root canal therapy is linked to serious health problems like heart disease, kidney disease or arthritis.
However, these claims are based on poorly designed research from 100 years ago and have since been proven to be unfounded. You can rest easy knowing that modern medicine has discovered no evidence linking root canal treatment to disease elsewhere in the body.
How Long Will My Root Canal Filling Last?
With proper care, a tooth restored through root canal therapy can last a lifetime! To maintain a healthy and whole smile, be sure to brush thoroughly twice a day for a full two minutes each time. Floss at least once a day to remove small bits of food that can get stuck in between teeth. Finally, do not forget to visit a dentist in Clarendon Hills every six months for a biannual exam and cleaning.
Is Tooth Extraction Better Than Getting a Root Canal?
Some people wonder if they are better off just extracting their damaged or infected tooth to eliminate their pain or discomfort. However, even though there is a wide range of tooth replacement options these days – like dentures, bridges or dental implants – saving your natural tooth, if possible, is always the best option.
No artificial tooth replacement can fully match the form and function of your natural teeth. Root canal therapy is an effective solution to both relieve your dental pain and save as much natural tooth structure as possible.
Are Root Canals Expensive?
The cost of a getting a root canal can vary depending on a number of factors, including the location of the tooth that needs to be repaired. For instance, repairing a front tooth with a root canal is typically less expensive than restoring molars, as front teeth have fewer roots than teeth in the back of the mouth. The severity of an infection can also dictate how much work needs to be done by your dentist to save your tooth, which will influence the cost of the procedure. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of a damaged or infected tooth, we encourage you to come see us right away. Our experienced dentists will be able to evaluate your teeth and, if root canal therapy is recommended, provide an accurate estimate.