Root Canals in Bartlett, IL

Root canals, also known as endodontic treatment, are among the greatest fears that many patients face when headed to the dentist. However, the caring staff at Westgate Smiles assure you that the endodontics procedure does not have to be as scary as it is often made out to be. When you come to them for root canal treatment at our clinic in Bartlett, IL, you are in the hands of an expert team who will make the procedure as pain-free and efficient as possible.

What is the standard process for endodontics?

Root CanalDentists typically recommend root canals in instances where the nerve of the tooth has become infected or in which the pulp of the tooth is damaged, typically due to damage or severe tooth decay. While many people fear root canals, in most cases they are no more painful than receiving a filling – in fact, most people will find that the pain they experience from their damaged tooth prior to receiving their root canal is much more painful than the procedure itself.

Root canals are performed under a local anesthetic. During the procedure, the dentist will:

  • Place a dental dam over the affected tooth and the surrounding area to create a sterile environment for the procedure.
  • Drill a hole into the tooth from which to access the pulp chamber.
  • Remove the affected pulp from inside the tooth with instruments specially designed for this process.
  • Disinfect the interior canals of the tooth.
  • Shape the interior of the tooth so it will be able to receive a filling.
  • Fill the tooth.

What happens after root canal treatment?

Depending on the option that you decide on, you may receive either a permanent crown on the day of the procedure or a temporary crown, which will require you to return to the office at a later date to be fitted with the permanent crown. Your dentist will discuss your options with you to come up with the best solution.
It is important to realize that in some cases, re-treatment may be necessary – even months or years after a root canal. If you experience pain with a tooth after undergoing root canal treatment, be sure to contact the staff at Westgate Smiles to determine whether re-treatment for the tooth may be necessary.

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