Root Canal in Tinley Park, Illinois

Root Canal Treatment

Our teeth are an important part of our overall health and sense of well-being. Preserving a winning smile is a respectable goal, but it’s also vital that we keep our bites intact and our teeth able to chew food properly. Most importantly, we want to take steps to stop any complications from spreading to other places in our mouths and bodies.

My Care Dental root canal treatment seeks to stop any of these negative effects from happening by providing the most complete root canal dental service in Tinley Park, IL.

What Is a Root Canal?

Root canal treatment is a procedure that minimizes or eliminates the irritation caused by an infection of a tooth. The purpose of a root canal is to treat the pulp of the tooth, which is the soft part found under its hard outer enamel. This part of the tooth has sensitive elements like blood vessels and nerves that are subject to immense pain if they become irritated. A root canal treatment removes the infected part of the tooth and replaces it with a filling.

 Signs and Symptoms

 The following are signs you might need a root canal:

  • Constant tooth pain that affects the quality of life
  • Extreme sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Darkening and discoloration of the affected tooth
  • Gum swelling in the surrounding areas
  • A visibly damaged tooth that has experienced trauma
  • Looseness due to weakening roots

Does a Root Canal Hurt?

Root canal procedures have a reputation as painful but necessary, but this is a stigma from long ago. Doctors have figured out better ways to ease the pain of this procedure, and how to use local anesthetics more effectively. There will be sensitivity and discomfort after the procedure, but we will also provide aftercare methods to minimize pain as much as possible.

Root Canal Procedure

Root canals are generally completed in three visits. The first is for the preparatory discussion, which includes examination, diagnosis, and treatment plans. This is when alternative methods may be considered. This is also when an appointment should be set for the first phase of the procedure.

During the procedure, an anesthetic is used to numb the area, and a screen is placed to prevent any procedural debris from entering your throat. A small opening is drilled into the top enamel, and the compromised pulp is completely removed from the root canals. After that, disinfectant is used to eliminate any remaining bacteria or traces of infection.

Finally, your dentist will fill the spaces within the canals and provide a temporary filling to protect the sensitive areas. During your third appointment, the temporary filling is replaced with a permanent one, and a crown is added to restore the tooth’s surface to its original capability.

The Benefits of a Root Canal

These are the benefits of a root canal treatment for your overall oral health:

  • Improved quality of life due to the absence of constant pain
  • Preservation of most of the natural tooth, as opposed to extraction
  • Prevention of spreading infection damaging other teeth
  • Stopping permanent nerve and gum tissue damage
  • Preservation of the bite and jaw
  • Prevention of tooth discoloration

Alternatives for Root Canal Treatment

We will provide an assessment at your consultation, at which point alternatives might be discussed. In some cases, the tooth can’t be saved by root canal treatment, and the only option is to remove the tooth and consider a replacement.

You might also want to consider our other services, such as general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry to help preserve the remaining teeth and maintain your smile. View our testimonials to see what our satisfied clients have to say.

Contact Us for a Root Canal Consultation

If you have questions about root canals that aren’t answered here, please contact us at (708)360-8419, and schedule a 30-minute complimentary consultation. We’ll be happy to walk you through the process of setting up your next dental visit.