Oftentimes, anxiety is derived from fear of the unknown. Going into any dental procedure, especially a root canal or teeth implants in Chicago, can be scary for the first time. Let us help dispel some of the fear by outlining the process from start to finish.
If you’re experiencing tooth pain, this is the first indication something is wrong. The intensity of the pain can range from mild to severe; it may lessen or intensify throughout the day, or it may get worse only when you eat. If you notice this, contact your dentist.
When you come in for an appointment, our staff will examine your tooth and take X-rays in order to diagnose the cause of your problem. From there, we’ll determine if a root canal is the best course of action. A root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth.
If it’s determined that a root canal is necessary, local anesthesia is administered to the tooth. If you’ve ever had a filling, you’ll be familiar with this process. After that, the endodontist will drill an access hole into the tooth and use special tools to remove the damaged nerve and pulp tissue. Next, once the infected material is removed, your dentist will either seal the tooth or put in a temporary filling until a customized crown is ready. Finally, to complete the process, a crown, filling, or other tooth restoration completes the process of relieving your root canal pain.
Only your dentist or an endodontist can determine whether a root canal will adequately treat your problem. Don’t delay. If you’re experiencing persistent tooth pain, or gum or jaw sensitivity, contact our office immediately.