Save infected teeth with root canal treatment
Tooth infections can be incredibly painful and make even the simplest tasks unmanageable. Root canal therapy is a powerful treatment that can prevent tooth loss and get you the relief you need, and thanks to advances in modern dentistry, the procedure is painless. The dentist at Wicker Park Dental Group can help you get the relief you need, and we offer emergency appointments seven days a week.
Missing teeth can have a wide range of consequences for your oral health, such as bone loss and shifting teeth. Root canals allow your dentist to remove decay and clear infection, so you can preserve your natural teeth and restore your oral health. Root canals also have less pain and discomfort and shorter recovery times than a tooth extraction.
It’s understandable to be nervous about a dental procedure, but root canals don’t have to be scary. Advances in imaging technology and anesthesia have greatly improved patient comfort and outcomes, and patients typically feel much better as soon as the procedure is over. For patients with dental anxiety, we offer sedation dentistry to help them relax throughout the procedure.
During a root canal, your mouth will be numbed, so you won’t feel any pain. Your dentist will remove decay from your tooth and enter the canal to remove infected tissue and apply antimicrobial medication to clear the infection. Next, they will fill the canal with a rubber-like putty and build up your tooth structure with a dental filling.
Most patients will require a dental crown to protect their tooth after the root canal. Your dentist will prepare your tooth for the crown by removing some tooth enamel and reshaping it for a tight fit to seal out bacteria. They will take impressions of your mouth to send to the dental lab and place a temporary crown to protect your tooth in the meantime. Once your crown is ready, you can return to the office to check the fit and have it bonded into place. With proper care, you can preserve your natural tooth for years to come and avoid other procedures.