Root Canal Therapy – Arlington Heights, IL
Stop Your Pain and Save Your Tooth
Is a problematic tooth keeping you awake at night? Your persistent pain might be the result of an infection deep within your tooth. We can give you the relief you need and save your smile with root canal therapy. Although they have a bad reputation for being painful, many patients say they aren’t any worse than a traditional filling because of new innovations in dentistry. We’ll rehabilitate your tooth using the latest materials and techniques to invest in a healthy smile that lasts.
Benefits of Saving a Tooth
Your teeth are designed to last for a lifetime, but even with the best care, a tooth can be damaged, such as from decay. If the cavity isn’t treated, it can reach the inner layer of your tooth, called the pulp. If cavity-causing bacteria reaches the soft tissue, it will lead to a toothache.
Extracting the tooth eliminates the problem at the source; however, it leads to a new list of complications. In fact, losing a single tooth can increase your risk of cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay. Not to mention, you’ll always need a dental prosthetic to fill the empty space. A root canal is a simple solution to stop the issues associated with a missing tooth.
Signs You Need a Root Canal
Root canal therapy is one of the most widely used restorative treatments, but it’s only recommended when there aren’t any other options to prevent needing an extraction. Although you can’t always predict when you’ll need one, here are some obvious signs a root canal might be in your future:
- Persistent toothache
- Darkening of a tooth
- Lingering tooth sensitivity
- Pimple-like bump near a tooth
Root Canal Process
Our office uses state-of-the-art technology to deliver exceptional results while keeping your comfort in mind. In fact, we can streamline the process to perform the entire procedure in just one day.
We’ll use a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort as your dentist uses special dental tools to open the crown of the tooth to remove any areas of decay. The inner layer is removed, and your tooth is thoroughly sterilized before being sealed with a special material called gutta-percha.
Now, the integrity and health of your tooth has been restored, so it’s time to focus on its appearance and protecting it from future damage. You’ll need a dental crown, which is a custom-made cap placed over the entire visible surface of a tooth down to the gum line.
Typically, it takes 2 appointments to place a crown, but our offices use CEREC technology, allowing you to get an all-ceramic restoration in just one day. There’s no need for a temporary crown or a second visit.
It’s normal for your tooth to be a bit tender for a few days, but you can manage any discomfort using an over-the-counter pain reliever. It’s also best to avoid chewing with your tooth for a few days until your pain subsides.
Save Your Tooth Today
If you have a tooth giving you grief, don’t have it removed. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for a root canal.