Gentle Root Canal Therapy
Aurora, IL Dentist
A root canal is a treatment of the center of the tooth that is inflamed, infected or dead. The center of the tooth, called the pulp, is a soft substance that consists of nerve, blood vessels and connective tissue. Symptoms of the infection include visible injury or swelling of the tooth and sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums. If you experience any of the symptoms, contact your dentist in Aurora.
Our dentist will take an x-ray of the tooth. If he determines that you need a root canal treatment, he will schedule 1 or 2 appointments based on the size and duration of an abscess and other factors.
Before starting root canal therapy, your dentist will apply local anesthesia to ensure you are completely comfortable. A dental dam is placed on the infected site to isolate the affected area. A small opening is made through the top of the tooth to gain access to the nerve. The damaged nerve, which is the soft tissue inside the tooth, is gently removed and the inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned. X-rays may be taken throughout the procedure to ensure each canal within the tooth is being adequately treated.
Once the inside of the tooth has been cleaned, a temporary filling may be placed in the opening until it can be replaced by a permanent filling. After the root canal is completed, the tooth will need a crown to protect it from fracturing and becoming re-infected.
You may need to avoid chewing on the treated tooth until you have the crown completed.
Root canal therapy can preserve a patient’s tooth for a lifetime. It is a highly successful procedure with more than a 95% success rate.
Be sure to schedule a follow-up appointment with our dentist to ensure your treatment is healing correctly. If a problem occurs, contact your Aurora dental office. To prevent future decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene daily.