Are you worried about the pain of a root canal? Naperville Family Dentists offers the most comfortable root canal therapy possible, using the latest technology and techniques. You are in good hands with Dr. Nicholas P. Primiano and Dr. Diane M. Mach. We are highly experienced in root canal therapy. We’ll ensure you’re relaxed and in excellent dental health after your treatment.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
We want to help you keep your natural teeth whenever possible. A root canal is a therapeutic process that helps save your tooth instead of undergoing costly, invasive tooth replacement procedures.
Root canal therapy is also known as endodontic treatment because it relates to the tooth’s inside. Root canal therapy aims to remove the infected pulp from your tooth while preserving as much of the healthy tooth structure as possible. The pulp is the soft tissue inside your tooth that contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. It’s located in the center of your tooth and extends from the root canal to the top of your tooth.
The process involves:
Accessing the inside of your tooth.
First, we will provide anesthesia to numb the pain and help you relax. We’ll use specialized dental tools to access the tooth center, usually from the top down.
Cleaning the inside of your tooth.
Next, we’ll remove the infected tissue, including nerve and blood vessel material. We will apply disinfectant inside the tooth and then add a dental resin to seal and harden the area.
Sealing the root canal.
After a root canal, your tooth will be weak, so it’s essential to have a dental crown placed on top of it for protection. We may also seal the tooth exterior using a dental resin. The resin is durable so that it lasts a long time, and it will match your natural tooth color to blend in with your smile.
Recovery and follow-up care.
It would be best if you planned on taking it easy for a few days and eating soft foods while your mouth recovers. After root canal therapy, your tooth may be sensitive for a few days. You can take over-the-counter pain medication if needed. We’ll schedule a follow-up appointment to check on your progress and ensure the root canal successfully saved your tooth. We will provide you with post-operative instructions and pain medication as needed.
Why Would I Need Root Canal Therapy?
Poor dental health is one of the leading causes of the need for root canal therapy. There are several specific reasons why root canal therapy might be necessary, including:
You have a tooth that’s been cracked or chipped.
If the tooth’s exterior structure is compromised, bacteria and other debris can enter the tooth and cause problems.
Your tooth has become severely decayed.
Cavities create a hole in your tooth exterior, which, if left untreated, can create an opening for bacteria to enter the tooth.
You have an infection in your tooth.
An infection can develop inside the tooth, sometimes spreading from other areas of the body.
Signs You Might Need Root Canal Therapy
There are several signs that you might need root canal therapy, including:
- Severe tooth pain that’s worse when you chew or put pressure on your tooth.
- Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures.
- Swelling and tenderness in your gums.
- A pimple on your gums near the affected tooth.
Call Today to Get Started in Naperville
A root canal may have the bad reputation of being among the worst of dental nightmares. But at Naperville Family Dentists, our process is therapeutic. It doesn’t have to be a scary experience. It’s a comfortable experience that has the benefit of saving your tooth. You can rest easy knowing we will take care of you and make the process as painless as possible.
So why wait? Give us a call today.