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In Archer Heights

Root Canals

About the Service

Root canals can sound daunting, but understanding the process and knowing what to expect can ease your mind. At Archer Dental, located in Archer Heights, we focus on making every dental procedure as comfortable as possible. With Spanish-speaking staff available, we proudly serve the entire Chicago area. Here’s everything you need to know about root canals.

How Do I Know I Need a Root Canal?

Determining whether you need a root canal often begins with recognizing specific symptoms. Persistent tooth pain that doesn’t subside, especially when eating or putting pressure on the area, is a significant indicator. Increased sensitivity to hot and cold, lasting even after the stimulus is removed, can also signal the need for a root canal. Additionally, look for signs of infection such as swelling, tenderness in the gums, or a pimple-like bump on the gum near the affected tooth. Discoloration of the tooth and severe decay or injury are other common signs. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it's crucial to seek professional dental advice promptly.

Does it Hurt to Get a Root Canal?

One of the most common concerns about root canals is the pain associated with the procedure. At Archer Dental, patient comfort is our top priority. Modern root canal treatments are no more painful than getting a routine filling. Thanks to advancements in dental technology and anesthesia, the procedure itself is relatively painless. During the treatment, local anesthesia is used to numb the tooth and surrounding area, ensuring you feel minimal discomfort. Post-procedure soreness is normal but can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain medications. Our team will provide you with comprehensive aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.

Are There Alternatives to a Root Canal?

While root canals are often necessary to save an infected tooth, there are situations where alternatives might be considered. The most common alternative is tooth extraction, which involves removing the affected tooth entirely. This option, however, is generally considered a last resort because it can lead to other dental issues, such as shifting teeth and bone loss. At Archer Dental we always try to save the tooth, before considering a tooth extraction. In some cases, less invasive treatments like pulp capping might be an option if the tooth pulp is not severely damaged. It’s important to discuss all available options with your dentist to determine the best course of action for your specific situation.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a Root Canal and How Does it Work?

A root canal is a dental procedure to treat infection at the center of a tooth, known as the root canal system. The process begins with an assessment using X-rays to determine the extent of the infection. Local anesthesia is then applied to numb the area. The dentist creates an opening in the crown of the tooth to access and remove the infected or damaged pulp. The empty canals are cleaned, disinfected, and shaped to prepare for filling. The canals are then filled with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha and sealed to prevent future infections. Depending on the damage, a temporary filling may be placed initially, followed by a permanent filling or crown to restore the tooth’s function and appearance. At Archer Dental, we use the latest techniques and technology to ensure your root canal is performed efficiently, aiming to save your natural tooth and alleviate any pain or discomfort.

Will I need a crown after a root canal?

Often, a crown is recommended after a root canal to protect the tooth and restore its function. This is especially true for back teeth, which are used for chewing.

How can I prevent needing a root canal in the future?

Maintaining good oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, can help prevent the need for future root canals. Avoiding sugary foods and drinks and wearing a mouthguard during sports can also reduce the risk of tooth damage and decay.