A root canal procedure in Logan Square is performed when the soft tissue (pulp) inside the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. An infected pulp becomes is typically caused by an untreated deep cavity or tooth fracture. Damaged or dead pulp causes blood flow and cellular activity to flow towards the infected area, which ultimately causes pain. Most patients in need of a root canal in Logan Square will experience pain when biting down, chewing, and/or ingesting hot or cold foods and drinks.
Logan Square Root Canal Procedure
The goal of a root canal procedure is to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed—this is a much better alternative than extracting the tooth. Tooth extractions may seem like a simpler solution on paper, but the void left behind by the extracted tooth needs to be filled otherwise teeth can shift. It is much easier to save an existing tooth than it is to add a dental implant or bridge.
During a root canal procedure, our Logan Square dentists, Dr. Guzman and Dr. Fidel, will save the dead or damaged pulp in the tooth by cleaning out the diseased pulp and reshaping the canal. He or she will then fill the canal with a substance called gutta-percha to prevent recontamination of the tooth. Finally, they will seal the tooth and you can return to normal chewing activities almost immediately following the procedure. Depending on the severity of your condition, most root canals in Logan Square, IL can be performed in one office-visit.
Schedule a consultation with our dentists in Logan Square at A Brush Above Family Dentistry to find out if you are in need of root canal therapy.