Root Canals  Joliet, IL

A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth. If you have an infected tooth, you may require a root canal treatment. This treatment is used to save teeth that are damaged from decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp and nerve are removed, and the inside is cleaned and sealed.

A root canal procedure is usually completed in one or two appointments. Most patients find the procedure to be relatively comfortable. Some patients may opt to use sedation options, such as nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation, to help reduce any anxiety or discomfort.

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Why is a Root Canal Necessary?

When tooth decay goes untreated, the decay can infect the soft inner tissue of the tooth, which is called the pulp. Symptoms of an infected tooth can include pain while chewing, sensitivity to temperature, or discoloration. When the pulp is infected, it needs to be removed and the tooth filled. Otherwise, a root canal infection can spread to adjacent teeth, causing damage to the entire mouth.

What Happens During the Procedure?

During root canal therapy, the infected or decayed tissue is removed from the inside of the tooth. Then, the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Finally, a crown is placed over the tooth to protect it from future damage. The temporary filling or crown will protect your tooth until it’s ready to receive the permanent restoration.

Any discomfort you might feel after the procedure is perfectly normal. It usually subsides within a couple of days.

What Happens After a Root Canal?

After a root canal, your tooth may be tender for a few days. During this time, it is important to keep your mouth clean. Avoid smoking, drinking through a straw, and using your teeth to open packages. These habits can expose the tooth to bacteria that can lead to an infection.

Our dentist may prescribe pain medication or recommend an over-the-counter painkiller. Be sure to take the medication as recommended. If needed, your dentist in Joliet IL can prescribe an antibiotic medication.

At Dentistry with a Smile, we offer the best dental care possible to each of our patients in a positive and relaxing environment. If you’re ready to experience the best dental care, please contact us at (815) 254-2668 or visit us at 2716 Caton Farm Rd, Joliet, IL 60435.