If you develop a cavity or severely damage a tooth, your dentist might recommend endodontics to relieve your pain and prevent further damage. At Northwestern Dental Group in Niles, Vernon Hills, Skokie, Gurnee, Arlington Heights, Deerfield, and Hawthorne Commons, Illinois, the team specializes in endodontic treatments including root canal therapy and root canal retreatment. If a toothache is negatively impacting your quality of life, call the office to make an appointment today.
Endodontics is a branch of oral health care focused on addressing problems with your dental pulp and nerve tissue. The team at Northwestern Dental Group might recommend endodontic treatment if decay or an infection damages these soft tissues or to prevent the need for an extraction.
Left untreated, injured, infected, or damaged pulp causes pain and sensitivity. Endodontics works to ease inflammation and preserve your natural, permanent teeth.
At Northwestern Dental Group, the team offers a variety of endodontic treatments, including:
Of all the endodontic treatments, root canals are the most common. During a root canal, your dentist drills an access hole in your affected tooth, carefully removes your tooth’s pulp, and thoroughly cleans out the center of your tooth with an antiseptic solution to prevent further infection. After completing your root canal, your dentist applies a permanent crown to your tooth, to protect it from food particles and bacteria.
Root canals have a proven track record of success. However, it’s possible for your treated tooth to become reinfected. If this happens, your dentist may recommend root canal retreatment. A root canal retreatment follows the same steps as root canal therapy. However, instead of capping your tooth with a crown right away, your dentist takes extra care to treat all of your affected canals. If necessary, they might also order a series of CBCT scans to observe all areas of your infected tooth.
At Northwestern Dental Group, the team also offers endodontic treatments such as pulpotomy (baby root canal), pulpal debridement, and apicoectomy. Following an oral exam and review of your medical history, the team can recommend a treatment that best meets your individual needs.
Many people fear root canals and other endodontic treatments. However, thanks to modern dental techniques and anesthetics, there’s absolutely nothing to worry about. The goal of endodontics is to relieve pain and save your permanent teeth.
It’s perfectly normal to experience some pain, swelling, and general discomfort following your root canal. Follow your dentist’s recovery instructions and take your medications as prescribed. You should feel back to normal within a week’s time and will have no problem eating your favorite foods again.
To see if you can benefit from endodontics, make an appointment at Northwestern Dental Group by calling the office.