Dr. Dhara Patel performs root canals in our Hoffman Estates dental office to address advanced tooth damage or infection. If you have a tooth infection, a root canal procedure can save your natural tooth or teeth from extraction. Preserving a natural tooth can help support adjacent teeth and prevent decay from spreading to other parts of the mouth.
The pulp found inside the root canal is made up of nerves and soft tissues that can become infected and cause decay. A root canal is used to remove the infection and clean the inner tooth chamber. Tooth extraction is used as a last resort for severely infected teeth.
Root Canal Therapy in Hoffman Estates, IL
Dr. Dhara Patel offers root canal therapy to patients in the Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg, IL area. Root canal therapy is completed during one to three office visits depending on the patient’s specific needs. To begin the procedure, a small hole is drilled through the top of the tooth into the inner chamber. The diseased tissue is removed and the chamber is cleaned and disinfected. The chamber and tooth canals are filled with a rubbery elastic material. This material seals the tooth and keeps decay out of the now cleaned and disinfected tooth.
Signs of Tooth Infection
Look out for these common signs of infection before tooth decay becomes a difficulty:
- Pain in the neck, jaw, or ear
- Difficulty breathing
- Face or cheek swelling
- Tooth sensitivity to temperature and pressure
- Face swelling
- Difficulty swallowing
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, it could be a sign of infection. Call Best Dental Spa at 847.660.6603 for cleaner and healthier teeth.
Steps to Prevent Tooth Infection
There are several steps that you can take to help prevent infection at the source:
- Schedule regular checkups and cleanings
- Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months
- Use dental floss after brushing teeth
- Use fluoride toothpaste and water
- Limit sugary foods and drinks
Those with poor hygiene, a diet high in sugar, or dry mouth may be more prone to tooth infection than others.
Root Canal FAQs
Is getting a root canal painful?
Getting a root canal is uncomfortable and there is pain involved however the pain that you experience is typically reported at much less than the pain experienced from the initial infection. Root canal treatment is necessary to treat deep infections. These infections cause intense pain, so ultimately having a root canal procedure is ending preexisting pain.
How do you prepare for a root canal?
It is recommended that patients eat before their root canal. After being sedated for your procedure you probably will not want to eat for several hours, so having a large meal before is highly recommended. Patients are also told to avoid smoking and take medications as advised by your doctor. Some may ask you to take ibuprofen or an anti-inflammatory before the procedure.
Can I go to work after getting a root canal?
Patients are normally sedated for their root canal procedure so it is not recommended that patients wait 24 hours, or one day before returning to work. The level of physical activity and speaking a patient’s job requires may impact the amount of time someone takes off of work.
Schedule a Dental Exam Today
Remove infection at the source with root canal therapy. Call Best Dental Spa today for comprehensive care at 847.660.6603. You can also request an appointment online with Dr. Patel and we will get back to you shortly.