Precise, Gentle Root Canal Therapy Can Protect Your Smile and Overall Physical Wellness

Root canal therapy can save an infected tooth, preventing the need for extraction. At the same time, the procedure can eliminate the inflammation and discomfort that typically accompany infection. This treatment can not only protect your overall oral health, it could also reduce your risk for future dental complications. At his Orland Park, IL, office, Kenneth W. Coffey, DDS, performs each root canal with the latest dental technology, including advanced computer imaging. In this way, he can ensure the most efficient, comfortable, and high-quality treatment possible. He also offers sedation, which may be appropriate if you feel particularly nervous about your upcoming procedure.

When Is Root Canal Therapy Appropriate?

The center of your tooth is filled with a soft pulp, blood vessels, and nerve endings. The nerves travel along your dental roots, which are housed in root canals. A dental infection can occur when bacteria penetrates this central chamber. From there, the infection can easily spread along the nerves, causing numerous symptoms. Signs of a dental infection can include:

  • A toothache that becomes worse when you bite down or drink something cold
  • Radiating pain across your jaw and lower face
  • Ear pain
  • Abscesses on your gums
  • Discoloration of your tooth from the inside
  • Chronic halitosis (bad breath)

In some cases, however, a dental infection can develop without any overt symptoms. This is one reason that regular dental exams are so important. With frequent checkups, Dr. Coffey can diagnose infection before your tooth is damaged beyond repair.

A root canal can safeguard your other teeth and your jawbone by preventing bacteria from spreading to other areas in your mouth.

How Does the Root Canal Procedure Work?

Before root canal therapy, Dr. Coffey will numb your tooth and the surrounding gum tissue. If you suffer from dental anxiety, he can also provide oral conscious sedation to induce a “twilight sleep” that will render your treatment virtually stress-free and allowing you to remember little about the procedure once the medication has worn off.

An illustration showing the various steps involved in root canal treatment

Once you are comfortable, Dr. Coffey will create a small opening in your tooth. Through this , he can remove the infected tissue in the central chamber. Using modern computer imaging, which can be magnified many times, Dr. Coffey can perform a very precise procedure that will have little impact on the healthy parts of your tooth. When he has completely eliminated the infection, Dr. Coffey will fill your tooth with gutta percha, a rubber-like substance that seals the area to prevent bacteria from getting back inside. Then he will reshape the outside of your tooth in preparation for a dental crown. Our partner lab can create this restoration from state-of-the-art porcelain. In the interim, you will wear a temporary cap to prevent sensitivity. In one to two weeks, when the crown is finished, you can come back into the office so that Dr. Coffey can permanently attach it to your tooth. Following your second appointment, you should experience negligible discomfort, and you could enjoy a complete return of your dental function.

How Can Root Canal Therapy Help You?

Root canal therapy can be extremely beneficial for your overall oral health. First, the procedure can eliminate infection before it completely destroys your tooth, requiring extraction or more extensive restorative care. A root canal can safeguard your other teeth and your jawbone by preventing bacteria from spreading to other areas in your mouth. Finally, root canal therapy can protect your overall physical health. If dental infection goes untreated, bacteria can enter the blood stream and cause serious problems such as sinus infections, brain abscesses, and heart conditions.

Alleviate the Symptoms of an Infected Toorh

Do not let a dental infection go untreated. Contact our office online or call (708) 403-7888 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Coffey. We can help alleviate the painful symptoms of an infected tooth and save your tooth from extraction. 

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