By Advance Family Dental Care
November 12, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Pain and pressure. You know your molar isn't right. At Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, you trust your dentist, Dr. Pirooz Root_CanalZomorrodi, to save your tooth. He recommends root canal therapy, and you want to know all about it. Read the answers to frequently asked questions about the root canal procedure, a tried and true dental restoration.

 

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a narrow channel coursing down each tooth root. Large teeth, such as back molars, have up to four root canals. Each channel leads off a wider interior chamber. All contain soft pulp which, when damaged or infiltrated by bacteria, may become infected, inflamed and painful. When a tooth is in danger, your Naperville dentist may advise root canal therapy which:

  • Removes the diseased soft tissue
  • Cleans, smooths and seals each canal (with a soft filler called gutta-percha)
  • Crowns the tooth to preserve and improve its appearance

 

How long does a root canal procedure take?

Usually, a root canal takes two one-hour visits to Advance Family Dental Care: one to examine, X-ray and prepare the tooth and another to place the dental crown. The first visit involves oral impressions for the crown and cleaning and sealing the canals.

 

Why do a need a root canal treatment?

When a tooth is extensively damaged, infected or decayed, one possible treatment is extraction. This procedure creates a number of problems, however, including a noticeable smile gap, bone and gum degradation, weakening of neighboring teeth and more. Dr. Zomorrodi prefers tooth-sparing procedures, such as root canals and crowns, whenever possible.

 

Will the procedure hurt?

No, it won't. Dr. Zomorrodi numbs the tooth so you'll be completely comfortable. Afterwards, you may need over the counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen to relieve soreness.

Is after care difficult? No, simply brush and floss gently the day after your procedure. You may need a softer diet for a day or two. After you receive your permanent crown, be sure to come to Advance Family Dental Care semi-annually for your hygienic cleaning and check-up or any time you have a question or problem.

What will my tooth look like, and how long will it last? Your restored tooth will blend in with the rest of your smile. It will be strong and long-lasting. In fact, most people keep these teeth for the rest of their lives, says the American Association of Endodontists.

 

Find out more

Please see Dr. Zomorrodi right away about that painful molar. The sooner he restores it, the sooner you can enjoy the benefits of root canal therapy. Call the office for an appointment at (630) 357-2332.

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