How Do Root Canals Help Your Smile?

You know your smile needs help. You've been experiencing sharp pains when you bite down on one particular tooth. Your dentist, Dr. root canalKavita Shah, says that tooth is abscessed, and you're in danger of losing it if you don't have a root canal procedure. Well, don't be concerned because Dr. Shah understands the ins and outs of root canal therapy and has saved many teeth from extraction by performing this treatment right in her Hanover Park, IL office. Root canals provide the help smiles need, and they do it comfortably, too.

The not so dreaded root canal

People tell horror stories about endodontic therapy, but that's really all they are--just stories. In reality, root canal therapy has restored literally millions of teeth over the years in the US. And, contrary to what people think, says the American Association of Endodontists, the process easy and painless. It actually relieves of the distressing symptoms of:

  • Deep decay
  • Failing tooth structure
  • Abscess
  • Tooth fracture

So if Dr. Shah says you need a root canal treatment at Primary Dental in Hanover Park, look forward to a restored and pain-free smile that will last--no extractions, no gaps, no discomfort.

What happens

Visual inspection and digital X-rays tell your dentist if you are a candidate for endodontic therapy. Before she proceeds with the treatment, she installs a protective dam in your mouth to isolate the tooth, and she injects local anesthetic to make the area numb.

Next, Dr. Shah uses her high-speed drill to access the root canals. These pulp-filled chambers contain blood vessels, connective tissue and nerves which help a tooth develop during adolescence. However, an adult tooth functions well without them and is healthier and stronger when doctor removes the diseased material.

To do this, Dr. Shah uses tiny metal files which clean out and smooth the canal walls. Also, she instills antibiotics in each canal she treats, and she seals and protects them with an inert, biocompatible material called gutta-percha. Placement of a temporary filling or crown finishes the first appointment.

At your next appointment, the dentist removes the temporary restoration and places a new porcelain crown to support and beautify your tooth. Now your root canal procedure is complete, and your tooth will remain healthy indefinitely when you brush, floss and receive your semi-annual exams and cleanings at Primary Dental.

Keep your tooth

You can when Dr. Shah uses root canal therapy in her Hanover Park, IL dental practice. When you come to Primary Dental for your consultation, she'll give you all the details step by step so you fully understand this restorative service. For more information, please call (630) 213-0088.