We at White Smiles Dental Group are committed to helping you keep your natural teeth and maintaining their well-being for the longterm. Sometimes, for various reasons, you will have a tooth that needs root canal therapy in order to save it. We’re pleased to offer that service. The fact is, however, that not every tooth can be saved. In some cases, you may need our Additional Info. And when you do, you can rest assured that it will be done comfortably, safely, and effectively by our highly skilled and experienced dentist.
Root canal therapy is typically recommended when a tooth has become infected in the pulp and nerve area at the base of the tooth. This happens when a large cavity, deep filling, chipped, or cracked tooth allows bacteria to take hold down there. You will probably experience pain, often severe, when you chew or apply pressure to the tooth in question. Other signs are tooth discoloration and tender gums. The procedure involves drilling from the top of the tooth, after sufficient local anesthesia, of course; and then removing the nerve and injured pulp. A permanent crown is then measured for, crafted, and fitted to restore the tooth to its whole size once again. If a tooth has gotten beyond the point where root canal therapy can help, though, you will need our teeth extractions in Winnetka.
Likewise, under local anesthesia, our dentist will remove your tooth. You will feel pressure, but not any pain. When the tooth has been completely taken out, our dentist may need to apply stitches and gauze will be used to stem the minimal bleeding that is a natural part of the process. You may experience some pain after the anesthesia wears off, but over-the-counter or prescription pain relief medication will address that. It is a good idea to hold an ice pack on the outside of your mouth to keep the swelling down and mitigate discomfort. Rinse frequently with salt in warm water, and avoid any unnecessary physical exertion for the rest of the day. Limit yourself to soft foods for about 24 hours after our Additional Info. They are sometimes necessary, but it is always are goal to make sure they are the last resort, and rarely needed.