Repair and Save a Badly Damaged or Infected Tooth
With TDS painless root canal treatment relieves pain caused by an infected or abscessed tooth.
Root Canal Treatment In Chicago
Most people shudder at the thought of undergoing a root canal treatment. The associated pain and discomfort crosses your mind, and you try to avoid the dreaded dental procedure. However, you need to be aware of the fact that when a root canal procedure is performed properly by an expert endodontist in Chicago, it is no longer a difficult or discomforting dental procedure.
What is root canal treatment for teeth? A root canal or endodontic therapy is a major dental procedure performed by an endodontist to eliminate the infected tooth pulp composed of tooth nerves and connective tissues. It helps alleviate pain caused by a badly decayed or abscessed tooth.
Causes / Indications
A root canal is a necessary dental treatment performed on a natural adult tooth with a deep cavity or a cracked/damaged tooth caused by a trauma/injury in order to prevent its loss. For some people, the severity of infected teeth may not be known, while others may notice some signs that indicate a required root canal treatment. These symptoms include:
- Persistent toothache often radiating to the jaw, face, or nearby teeth
- Heat and cold sensitivity
- Puffy, tender, or swollen gums
- Boils or pimples on the gums
- Swollen jaw
- Uncharacteristic coloring of tooth
- Loose tooth
- Pus or drainage
- A chipped or cracked tooth
- Pain when pressure is applied
If a person experiences any of the above-mentioned symptoms, it is important to visit an endodontist as soon as possible. At the initial consultation, the TDS dental professional in Chicago can confirm whether or not root canal treatment is necessary by taking dental X-rays. These help spot the infection in the surrounding bone and tissues of the teeth.
- Take the prescribed antibiotics or anti-inflammatory medications for a few days before the procedure.
- Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco several days beforehand as it can interfere with the body’s ability to heal itself.
- Eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water before the appointment.
Root canal treatment is performed and completed in three stages. Each endodontist procedure step ensures minimizing the risk of infections so that the patients achieve the best results.
Extirpation– First, the infected tooth and surrounding gums are numbed. Next, a rubber dental dam is placed over the area to isolate the tooth and keep it dry throughout the procedure. Then, a small hole is drilled on top of the tooth to get access to the inside of the tooth. The damaged tooth nerves, tissues, and blood vessels are removed using small dental files, infection is controlled, and the tooth is medicated.
Instrumentation– Detailed cleaning is done of the pulp chamber and the root canal is disinfected and shaped to ensure that the bacteria is under control and the tooth becomes pain-free.
Obturation– When the patient gets complete relief from pain, the empty root canals are filled with special gutta-percha material and sealed with temporary dental filling to prevent re-entry of the bacteria.
After completion of the endodontic procedure, most patients receive a final dental restoration i.e. a custom-made dental crown to protect the treated tooth and fix their bite. Is root canal surgery painful? The expert endodontist in Chicago at TDS performs a painless endodontist process and makes sure the patient receives safe and desirable outcomes.
Cost of Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment cost can vary, and depends on several factors:
- The severity of the tooth decay
- Number of teeth affected
- Type of tooth treated (bicuspid, molar, or front tooth)
- Location of the clinic
- Experience of the dentist
- Cost of X-rays
- Cost of anesthesia
Following a root canal procedure, patients can expect mild discomfort for a few days that may subside with medications. Typically, the patient recovers within a week. It is recommended for the patients to follow some post-treatment instructions, including:
- Keeping the treated area clean. Normally, brush and floss the teeth and also use mouthwash to avoid harmful germs inside the mouth.
- If the dental crown is not placed, avoid chewing food on the treated tooth.
- Smoking must be strictly avoided.
- Do not eat anything until the effect of anesthesia wears off. First, stick to intake of softer foods for an initial couple of days. Solid foods can be consumed when there is more comfort.
Talk to our expert dentist to learn more about insurance coverage, root canal treatment in detail, or any concerns regarding the overall cost of your treatment.