Root Canal Therapy
At Pallotto Dental Care, we know from our patients that root canals often get an unfair reputation for being a difficult and painful procedure. You can count on our team of skilled dentists to perform comfortable root canal treatment in our Lansing, IL dental office.
In most cases, root canal therapy should feel no different than a filling. We always make sure that patients are comfortable for their treatment and that the follow-up appointments ensure proper healing, so that patients can enjoy comfortable, pain-free smiles.
The most common symptom patients report when they need a root canal is pain. Often this pain starts as a low-grade annoyance, and as the infection progresses, it worsens.
Dental pain rarely resolves on its own, so contacting us right away will allow us to treat your condition before it worsens.
Other symptoms include:
- Swelling in the face or jaw
- Sensitivity to hot liquids
- Throbbing that worsens when lying down
- A small pimple-like lesion on the gums
- Tooth discoloration
Why Root Canal Treatment Is Beneficial
When a patient requires a root canal, it means that without this tooth-saving treatment, a dental extraction may be the only other option. In most cases, however, retaining natural teeth provides patients with the best outcome and long-term oral health.
Simply put, root canal therapy removes infection from the internal canals of a tooth. Sometimes infection occurs because of deep decay that finds its way to the nerve or because of trauma. Other times, no explanation exists. It is the inflammation due to infection that causes tooth pain, and removing the infection by performing root canal therapy relieves symptoms.
Root canal treatment may prolong the life of a tooth by decades.
What to Expect during Root Canal Treatment
In most cases, our dentists can perform root canals. If a case is more complex, however, we invite an endodontist (a root canal specialist). We will always make sure that each patient has the opportunity for the best outcome.
After completely numbing the tooth, a tiny access point allows our dentist to remove diseased tissue, infection, and bacteria. Placing medication inside the canal assists with healing. We then seal the access point, which reduces the likelihood of recurring infection.
Sensitivity may linger for a few days after treatment but will gradually go away. Pain management with an over-the-counter pain reliever and anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen will usually be enough.
In a couple of weeks, we will follow up to ensure that the infection has healed completely. At this time, we may recommend a permanent restoration, often a dental crown, to stabilize the tooth. Dental crowns protect damaged teeth when chewing and provide the greatest support.
Don’t Live with Tooth Pain
Dr. Josephine Pallotto, Dr. Nicholas Pallotto, and Dr. Anthony Pallotto welcome you and will be here for you when you need them most. Their experience, compassion, and advanced skills will help you feel like yourself again quickly! Give us a call if you experience tooth pain.