Posts for tag: root canal

By Advance Family Dental Care
January 08, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Remembered fondly by fans as the wacky but loveable Carlton on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Alfonso Ribeiro is currently in his fifth year hosting America's Funniest Videos. It's the perfect gig for the 48-year-old actor, who loves to laugh and make others laugh as well. This is quite the opposite experience from one he had a few years ago that he remembers all too well: a severely decayed tooth.

After seeing his dentist for an intense toothache, Ribeiro learned he had advanced tooth decay and would need root canal treatment. Ribeiro wasn't thrilled by the news. Like many of us, he thought the procedure would be unpleasant. But he found afterward that not only was the root canal painless, his toothache had vanished.

More importantly, the root canal treatment saved his tooth, as it has for millions of others over the last century. If you're facing a situation similar to Alfonso Ribeiro's, here's a quick look at the procedure that could rescue your endangered tooth.

Getting ready. In preparation for root canal therapy, the tooth and surrounding gums are numbed, often first with a swab of local anesthesia to deaden the surface area in preparation for the injection of the main anesthesia below the surface. A dental dam is then placed to isolate the infected tooth from its neighbors to prevent cross-contamination.

Accessing the interior. To get to the infection, a small access hole is drilled. The location depends on the tooth: in larger back teeth, a hole is drilled through the biting surface, and in front teeth, a hole is drilled on the backside. This access allows us to insert special tools to accomplish the next steps in the procedure.

Cleaning, shaping and filling. Small tools are used to remove the diseased tissue from the interior tooth pulp and root canals. Then the empty spaces are disinfected. This, in effect, stops the infection. Next, the root canals inside the tooth are shaped to allow them to better accept a special filling called gutta percha. The access hole is then sealed to further protect the tooth from future infection, and a temporary crown is placed.

A new crown to boot. Within a couple weeks, we'll cap the tooth with a long-lasting lifelike crown (or a filling on certain teeth). This adds further protection for the tooth against infection, helps strengthen the tooth's structure, and restores the tooth's appearance.

Without this procedure, the chances of a tooth surviving this level of advanced decay are very slim. But undergoing a root canal, as Alfonso Ribeiro did, can give your tooth a real fighting chance.

If you would like more information about root canal treatments, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment” and “Root Canal Treatment: How Long Will It Last?

By Advance Family Dental Care
December 14, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: root canal  

A root canal treatment reliably restores a damaged, infected, or decayed tooth. Differing from what most people think, this therapy is quite comfortable, and patients recover rapidly. Let Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi, your dentist in Naperville, IL, tell you if you need one. He can perform it right at Advance Family Dental Care.

Tooth anatomy

Beginning in its earliest development, a tooth contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. As it matures, this tissue, contained in a central chamber and in two to four root canals, becomes unnecessary. A tooth can survive without it.

Healing a sick tooth with root canal therapy

So, rather than remove a sick tooth and have the patient undergo tooth replacement procedures, your dentist can open the tooth and extract that pulp. That process is what dentists call endodontic, or a root canal, therapy.

Besides cleaning out each canal with small files and adding antimicrobial medicine, Dr. Zomorrodi seals each canal with gutta-percha, an inert substance that also strengthens the tooth. He places a temporary cap, and the patient goes home for a short period of healing.

On the return appointment, the dentist takes the cap off, checks the tooth, and places a permanent ceramic crown over it. This restoration makes the tooth look completely normal and adds a large measure of durability, too.

In fact, MedicineNet says 95 percent of these restorative treatments succeed, and the teeth themselves last indefinitely. Just perform the usual hygiene routine at home, and see the dentist at Advance Family Dental Care every six months for a cleaning and check-up.

How do you know you need a root canal?

These symptoms tell your Dr. Zomorrodi you need endodontic therapy:

  • Intense dental sensitivity
  • A protracted toothache
  • Drainage and pus around the tooth
  • Puffy, red, tender gums
  • A large crack in the tooth enamel
  • A swollen jaw
  • Headache
  • Sinus pain and inflammation
  • A sore on the gums near the tooth

However, some teeth are almost completely asymptomatic. That's why your routine cleanings and exams with your dentist in Naperville, IL, are so important. He picks up on many problems even before patients notice them.

Get the treatment you need

Root canal therapy helps so many people keep their smiles intact and healthy. To learn more, phone Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL. Dr. Zomorrodi is an expert dentist with excellent restorative skills. You'll get great care. Call us for an appointment at (630) 357-2332.

By Advance Family Dental Care
August 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

The term “root canal” is a part of our social lexicon, and not always with a positive meaning. But contrary to its negative reputation, a root canal treatment can make all the difference in your dental health.

Here are 3 things you may not know about this important procedure.

A root canal treatment is a “tooth” saver. Decay deep inside the tooth pulp puts the entire tooth at risk. The infection not only destroys nerves and tissue in the pulp, it has a direct path to the root through tiny passageways known as root canals. By cleaning out this infected tissue, then filling the empty pulp chamber and the root canals with a special filling, the procedure stops the disease from further harm and seals the tooth from future infection. Without it, it’s highly likely the tooth will be lost and other teeth threatened by the infection.

A root canal doesn’t cause pain — it relieves it. The biggest misconception about root canal treatments is their supposed painfulness. That’s just not true, thanks to anesthetic techniques that numb the teeth and gums — and any discomfort afterward is quite manageable with mild anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen. The procedure actually stops the real pain, caused by the infection damaging and finally killing the tooth’s nerves, when it stops the infection.

Root canal treatments are even more effective thanks to recent advancements. Not all infected tooth situations are the same: some teeth have smaller offset passageways called accessory canals that grow off a larger root canal that can be quite difficult to detect and access. Missing them can leave the door open for re-infection. In recent years, though, endodontists, specialists in root canal disorders, have improved the way we address these complications using advanced technologies like specialized microscopic equipment and new filling techniques. The result: a lower risk of re-infection and a higher chance of long-term success.

Hopefully, you’ll continue to enjoy good dental health and won’t need a root canal treatment. But if you do, rest assured it won’t be the unpleasant experience you might have thought — and will be a welcomed solution to pain and threatening tooth loss.

If you would like more information on root canal treatments, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment.”

By Advance Family Dental Care
July 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal   tooth pain  

Root Canals can be essential to oral health care. Some people think they are painful, but that's just a myth. Root canals actually relieve root canalpain. Modern technology has come a long way, allowing your Naperville, IL, dentist, Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi, to treat your tooth pain.

People need a root canal when a cavity is deep enough to infiltrate the enamel and dentin, reaching the pulp, causing pain. Your Naperville dentist will need to remove the pulp, clean and disinfect the canal from any bacteria remaining, then seal the canal to prevent any more bacteria from entering.

A tooth consists of four layers. The outermost layer is enamel. It's the white part of the tooth and also happens to be the strongest part. The second layer, under the enamel, is called dentin. This layer is a yellow, softer layer. The third layer of the tooth is called pulp. It consists of blood vessels and nerves. The last layer is the cementum. It anchors the whole tooth to the jawbone.

One of the main reasons people end up needing a root canal is because of poor oral hygiene. If you don't brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once, then you will suffer from plaque and tartar building up. Some things you can do to maintain good dental health include:

  • Getting professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months to remove hardened plaque that's accumulated on teeth and around gums over time
  • Flossing at least once before bed will remove food debris
  • Avoiding tobacco, smoking, and drinking too much coffee and tea
  • Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, at least, while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to clean hard-to-reach areas

If you have any questions or concerns about root canals, don't hesitate to call your dentist Dr. Zomorrodi in Naperville, IL. You can also schedule an appointment at this number: (630) 358-9899.

By Advance Family Dental Care
September 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

While the words “root canal” tend to strike fear into the hearts of many, the idea that this procedure is a painful, long process is simply a root canalmyth. A root canal is actually a necessary and common dental procedure which can help preserve the natural structure of your tooth and eliminate the need for an extraction. But how do you know if you need a root canal? Find out with Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi at Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL.

What is a root canal? 
A root canal removes damaged or infected tissue from the inside of a tooth. In the past, the only option to cure a toothache was to completely remove a damaged or infected tooth from the mouth, leaving behind a gap in the smile. However, a root canal removes the tooth’s nerve, deadening it to feeling pain and relieving a painful tooth and curing the infection at the same time.

Do I need a root canal? 
A root canal is necessary if a tooth’s nerve becomes damaged. This most often occurs due to tooth decay eating through the tooth and reaching the tooth’s inner pulp chamber which houses the nerve. A tooth’s nerve may also become damaged due to injury or trauma to the tooth which causes it to break or crack. A root canal often requires the help of a dental crown to stabilize the tooth and protect it from future damage.

Root Canal Therapy in Naperville, IL 
To start the procedure, your dentist makes a small hole on the top, or crown, of the tooth through which they will remove the infected damaged tissue and nerve from the inner tooth. With the tissue removed, your dentist scrubs the inside of the tooth and its roots to ensure no infected tissue remains inside the tooth. Then, the tooth is filled with a rubbery material known as gutta-percha, and in most cases, capped off with a dental crown.

For more information on root canals, please contact Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi at Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL. Call (630) 357-2332 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Zomorrodi today!

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