Root Canal Treatment in Chicago, IL
A damaged or decayed tooth can cause inflammation, tooth sensitivity, and severe pain. Root canal therapy can remove inflamed or infected pulp from the inside of the tooth, eliminate bacteria, and preserve the integrity of your natural tooth.
Dr. Fedin and his team at Chicago Dental Arts have been dedicated to providing specialized and effective dental care to Chicago since 1996. With decades of experience in restorative dentistry, Dr. Fedin can provide painless and effective root canal treatment.
Am I a Candidate for Root Canal Treatment?
If you are experiencing tooth or gum sensitivity and have damaged the pulp (the inner tissue of the tooth), you may need root canal treatment. Root canal treatment can preserve the natural tooth, preventing tooth loss in a majority of patients.
Conversely, if the tooth is left untreated, several complications may arise, including tooth discoloration, increasing tooth pain, prolonged temperature sensitivity, a draining pimple on the gum, or general swelling.
A consultation with Dr. Fedin can determine if you are eligible for root canal therapy or need another treatment, including extraction and dental implants.
What Are the Benefits of Root Canal Treatment?
While you fear undergoing a root canal, advancements in technology and dentistry techniques have made this process easier, quicker, and more comfortable.
For many patients, root canal therapy offers the following benefits:
- Allows your natural tooth to be saved when decay (cavities) have reached the root
- Prevents the need for tooth extraction and more complicated dental procedures like dental implants
- Involves the use of porcelain crowns, which looks and acts like a natural tooth
- Allows patients to continue to chew and speak comfortably and confidently
Do you want to learn more about root canal treatments in Chicago? Call Chicago Dental Arts today at (312) 642-6631.
What Is Root Canal Treatment?
At Chicago Dental Arts, we strive to make your root canal treatment as quick and painless as possible.
Our Chicago root canal treatment, also referred to as endodontic treatment, is a widely successful procedure utilized to alleviate pain and irritation caused by inflammation or infection of the tooth pulp. The pulp of the tooth is located beneath the enamel and is the soft, innermost portion of the tooth. It contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue.
When an infection is present, or irritation or trauma has caused inflammation, these nerves become irritated, resulting in significant pain. The pulp can be compromised due to cracks in the tooth enamel, tooth decay, repeated dental procedures, or mouth trauma.
Endodontic therapy is routinely completed in two visits. During your first visit, you will receive a complete examination where x-rays will be taken, and the diagnosis will be made. Once it is determined that a root canal procedure is required, your root canal specialist will administer an anesthetic to numb the area. Next, a rubber sheet (rubber dam) will help isolate the tooth during the procedure. This ensures debris and fluid won’t pass into your throat.
The tooth pulp is accessed by drilling a small opening into the chewing surface. From here, the pulp chamber is cleaned, and the infected or damaged tooth pulp is removed from the root canals and the pulp chamber. Tiny, specialized instruments are used to remove nerves and debris from the narrow root canals. A disinfectant is utilized to remove any trace of bacteria or infection.
After the cleaning, your dentist will fill and seal the spaces within the canals and place a temporary filling in the tooth’s opening. During your next appointment, your dentist will replace the temporary filling with a permanent one and place a dental crown to restore function and protect the tooth.
What Is Recovery Like After Root Canal Treatment?
Immediately following your root canal treatment, you may experience some numbing to the area and should avoid eating for a few hours. Mild discomfort is also possible but should subside after a few days.
Most patients can return to daily activities immediately following the procedure, so there is little to no downtime associated with root canal treatment.
What Results Can I Expect After Receiving Root Canal Treatment?
After successful root canal treatment, you can expect the following:
- More efficient chewing
- Norming biting force
- Natural appearance of the affected tooth
- Elevated protection from future wear and infection
- Eliminated pain from prior infection
Alternative Root Canal Treatment Options
While root canal treatment in Chicago is the best option to save your natural tooth and is quite effective, a root canal can fail. When this occurs, your dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon for endodontic surgery or recommend repeating the root canal procedure.
If you would rather avoid root canal therapy, are not overly concerned about saving your natural tooth, or there isn’t enough tooth structure to stabilize a crown, our dental team will likely recommend tooth extraction and the creation of a replacement. If you prefer this option, we can create a natural-looking dental implant that will blend flawlessly with your other teeth after removing the troublesome tooth.
An inflamed or infected root canal can cause significant pain, which worsens if the unhealthy tooth is left untreated. Furthermore, it can lead to serious complications, including an infection that spreads to the bone. The best way to preserve your oral health and save your tooth is to seek immediate treatment with our reliable dental team at Chicago Dental Arts.
Root Canal Therapy in Chicago
We are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest-quality services in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere you won’t find at your typical dental practice.
We are well known for our “zero pain, zero anxiety” approach to dentistry, and our entire team is dedicated to doing everything possible to ensure you enjoy a relaxed, painless experience every time you visit us.
Call our Chicago, Illinois, root canal treatment provider at (312) 642-6631 if you have questions regarding your dental treatment or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Fedin. We also offer cosmetic and sedation dental services for ultimate comfort and satisfaction.