Root Canal Therapy
Here at Medhat Dental Excellence and Artistic Smiles Family Dental Care in Chicago, IL our goal is to help all of our patients maintain a happy and healthy smile for years to come. Sometimes accidents happen to teeth that require our attention. When a tooth has suffered significant trauma or decay, we are often able to restore it to health using root canal therapy. Root canals have earned a bad rap from the public because, in the past, they were associated with a miserable trip to the dentist. Things have progressed quite a bit since the days of the miserable root canal, and now we can say with confidence that your experience with us will be nothing less than satisfactory!
The Layers of a Tooth
To understand why root canals are important, it is critical to understand the layers of a tooth. We are looking at three layers; the outermost layers are called the enamel, which is what gives your teeth their white color. Enamel is an extremely hard substance that is not renewable, so when it wears away, its gone for good. Enamel is the protective layer of your teeth.
The layer below the enamel is called dentin, which is a thick layer that provides your teeth with the structure and support they need to help you chew your food.
Below the dentin is the inner-most layer of your teeth, the pulp. The pulp is made up of biological material that surrounds the root of the tooth.
When You May Need a Root Canal
Root canals are usually required when other less extensive restoration techniques like fillings or inlays/onlays will not suffice. When the damage to the tooth goes deep into the core of the tooth, a root canal is often needed to save the tooth from extraction. The most common cause of such extensive damage is a serious infection, also known as a cavity. When a cavity reaches past the enamel and dentin layers of the tooth, into the pulp, the only way to ensure that the infection won’t return is to perform a root canal.
How a Root Canal is Performed
The most important part of any procedure here at Medhat Dental Excellence is ensuring your comfort and safety throughout the procedure. We will seat you in the examination chair and apply a local anesthetic to ensure you feel no pain or sensation in the area that we will be working. We also offer a few different forms of sedation, like nitrous oxide, which many patients find to offer a relaxing and enjoyable experience.
When you are comfortable, we will begin the procedure by removing all signs of infection from your tooth using a special dental drill. We will gain access to the pulp within your tooth and carefully remove it and the nerve. Once the pulp and nerve have been removed from inside the tooth, we will rinse the inside of the tooth out with an antibacterial solution to ensure the infection will not recur within the tooth. The tooth will then be filled with an inert substance called gutta-percha, which lends structure and support to the tooth. We will finish the tooth with a crown or dental filling.
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Mailing Address: P.O Box 316530, Chicago, Illinois, 60631
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Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Two Mondays a Month)
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