This woman is undergoing root canal therapy.

A root canal treats the center of the tooth that is inflamed, infected or dead. The center of the tooth, called the pulp, is a soft substance that consists of nerve, blood vessels and connective tissue. Symptoms of the infection include visible injury or swelling of the tooth and sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums. If you experience any of the symptoms, contact your dental office.

The Root Canal Therapy Process

Your dentist will take an x-ray of the tooth. If he or she determines that you need a root canal treatment, 1 or 2 appointments will be scheduled based on the size and duration of the abscess and other factors.

Before starting root canal therapy, the doctor will administer local anesthesia to ensure your complete comfort. The dentist will then place a dental dam on the infected site to isolate the affected area. Your dentist will make a small hole through the top of the tooth to gain access to the pulp. The pulp, which is the soft tissue inside the root canal, is removed from the chamber and canals. Your dentist will then clean the canals with a disinfecting solution.  He or she may take x-rays throughout the procedure to ensure each canal is being adequately treated.

Once your dentist has finished cleaning the canals, he or she will fill them with gutta percha, a rubber-like material to protect and seal.  The dentist may place a temporary filling in the opening until it can be replaced by a traditional tooth colored filling. After your dentist has completed the root canal, the tooth will need a crown to protect it from fracturing.

After the procedure, your tooth may feel sensitive for the first few days. You can relieve the discomfort with over-the-counter or prescribed pain medications. Avoid chewing on the treated tooth until you have a full restoration.

Root canal therapy can preserve a patient’s tooth for a lifetime. It is a highly successful procedure with more than a 95% success rate.

Contact Greenwood Dental Care

At Greenwood Dental Care, we perform a wide range of dental procedures, including but not limited to:

To learn more about root canal therapy and to schedule an appointment, reach out to Greenwood Dental Care at our Lake County, IL office today by calling 855.528.3961!