What is a root canal?

Root canal treatment is an endodontic treatment most often used to restore the health of a tooth that is severely infected or decayed. When decay or damage reach past the outer protective layer of the tooth, called the enamel, the inner layer of the tooth may become damaged and infected. When this part of the tooth, known as the dental pulp, becomes injured and diseased, the tooth may die and require extraction. To save the tooth and relieve the painful symptoms of tooth infection, our dentists may recommend root canal treatment.

During a root canal, we gently remove the infected and injured tissues from the tooth. After thoroughly cleaning the tooth, we fill it with a medicated material. Finally, the tooth is capped with a restoration like a dental crown to protect it and to restore its structure. In most cases, a root canal in Chicago, Illinois, requires only one or two visits to our office.

Does a root canal hurt?

Our team understands that root canal treatment has a reputation for being a painful treatment. Thanks to advances in dental techniques and technology, however, root canal treatment usually causes no more discomfort than a filling. Dr. Hoffman, Dr. Flicker, Dr. Sher, and the rest of our team are committed to doing all we can to help you feel comfortable during your visit with us.

Do I need a root canal?

If you have noticed severe tooth pain when chewing or biting down, increased tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, or swelling in the nearby gums, your tooth may be infected. Tooth infection can also cause the tooth to become discolored and darkened. If you experience these symptoms or any other type of tooth pain, we encourage you to contact us at Oradent Associates for an appointment. We are dedicated to providing you with the treatment you need for a healthy, bright smile.