Do I need a root canal?  This is a question many ask who start feeling a toothache.  The answer to this question is maybe, and is determined by many factors.  Firstly, visiting Dr. Lovda at his Hoffman Estates, IL dentist office is highly recommended for a thorough oral evaluation.  Starting with an xray of the area of discomfort, Dr. Lovda will ask a series of questions related to the length of time the tooth has been hurting, what triggers the discomfort, and if there is any inflammation present.  Dr. Lovda and his team at Lovda Family Dental will then recommend treatment, if needed, once a diagnosis is made.

What is a root canal?

Root canals are a procedure, performed by Dr. Lovda, to treat infected teeth.  When bacteria enter inside a tooth where the nerve is located, pressure increases inside the tooth that may cause pain and discomfort when chewing on the affected tooth, or consuming hot or cold drinks.  If left untreated, the infection could spread, degenerating the bone and causing the tooth to become loose and eventually fall out.  A root canal is a procedure performed at a dentist near me to remove the infected nerve inside the tooth and replace it with a special filling.  Treatment usually requires one appointment but may require more to ensure the infection is no longer present.  Finally, a crown is placed on the tooth to strengthen to tooth.  Highly successful, uncomplicated root canals have a 95% success rate.

How will I feel after treatment?

Minor discomfort is not unusual following a root canal procedure and is considered normal.  This is can minimized with Ibuprofen or other NSAID medications commonly taken for headaches.  The vast majority of patients who have received a root canal do not experience any post-operative symptoms.  Aftercare includes maintaining regular visits to Dr. Lovda's dental office near me, daily brushing and flossing, and avoiding chewing hard foods with the treated tooth.

It's always best to keep your original tooth if possible, and root canal therapy allows you to do so.

If you are experiencing a toothache, fractured tooth, or broken crown, do not hesitate to call Lovda Family Dental for an exam immediately.

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