Posts for tag: Root Canal Treatment

By Advance Family Dental Care
September 05, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

As the host of America's Funniest Home Videos on ABC TV, Alfonso Ribeiro has witnessed plenty of unintentional physical comedy…or, as he puts it in an interview with Dear Doctor–Dentistry & Oral Health magazine, "When people do stuff and you're like, 'Dude, you just hurt yourself for no reason!'" So when he had his own dental dilemma, Alfonso was determined not to let it turn onto an "epic fail."

The television personality was in his thirties when a painful tooth infection flared up. Instead of ignoring the problem, he took care of it by visiting his dentist, who recommended a root canal procedure. "It's not like you wake up and go, 'Yay, I'm going to have my root canal today!'" he joked. "But once it's done, you couldn't be happier because the pain is gone and you're just smiling because you're no longer in pain!"

Alfonso's experience echoes that of many other people. The root canal procedure is designed to save an infected tooth that otherwise would probably be lost. The infection may start when harmful bacteria from the mouth create a small hole (called a cavity) in the tooth's surface. If left untreated, the decay bacteria continue to eat away at the tooth's structure. Eventually, they can reach the soft pulp tissue, which extends through branching spaces deep inside the tooth called root canals.

Once infection gets a foothold there, it's time for root canal treatment! In this procedure, the area is first numbed; next, a small hole is made in the tooth to give access to the pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels. The diseased tissue is then carefully removed with tiny instruments, and the canals are disinfected to prevent bacteria from spreading. Finally, the tooth is sealed up to prevent re-infection. Following treatment, a crown (cap) is usually required to restore the tooth's full function and appearance.

Root canal treatment sometimes gets a bad rap from people who are unfamiliar with it, or have come across misinformation on the internet. The truth is, a root canal doesn't cause pain: It relieves pain! The alternatives—having the tooth pulled or leaving the infection untreated—are often much worse.

Having a tooth extracted and replaced can be costly and time consuming…yet a missing tooth that isn't replaced can cause problems for your oral health, nutrition and self-esteem. And an untreated infection doesn't just go away on its own—it continues to smolder in your body, potentially causing serious problems. So if you need a root canal, don't delay!

If you would like additional information on root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment” and “Root Canal Treatment: What You Need to Know.”

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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1567 N Aurora Road, Ste 143
Naperville, IL 60563
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