Root Canal In Aurora, IL

Root Canal

When you have a dental issue such as unexplained bleeding, pain, swelling, or other indications of a dental problem, it’s critical to seek prompt treatment. By addressing an issue at the first sign, the problem can be mitigated before it escalates. On the other hand, if ignored, bacteria can spread to the dental pulp, which is the soft center of the tooth.

Many people believe that once the pulp is infected, the only treatment is to have the tooth extracted. However, at City of Lights Dental, we strive to salvage natural teeth when possible because tooth loss can cause additional issues.

When the dental pulp is infected, the primary treatment is root canal therapy. In this article, we’ll explain more about this option and how you know when you need it.

What is a Root Canal?

Technically, the root canal is the portion of the tooth where the dental pulp, made up of nerve endings and blood vessels, is located. However, many people use the term “root canal” to refer to the procedure that involves removing infected dental pulp to salvage the structure of the natural tooth.

How do you know if you need a root canal?

There are several reasons that root canal treatment may be recommended. Some of these reasons include:
  • Persistent, chronic toothaches
  • Cracks/chips in tooth
  • Discoloration
  • Sensitivity to heat/cold or sweets
  • Tooth mobility
  • Gum swelling around the affected tooth
  • Abscess  

Do Root Canals Hurt?

Many years ago, root canal therapy was a complex, painful procedure. This is why so many patients would choose to have the tooth extracted or simply live with the pain.
Thanks to advancements in dental technology and anesthesia options, this procedure doesn’t hurt as much. In fact, according to the American Association of Endodontists, a patient who undergoes root canal treatment is much more likely to be pain-free than a patient who chooses another route.

Still, you may have some minor discomfort as the anesthesia wears off, which is usually controlled with OTC pain relievers. This will gradually subside over the next few days. If you are still having pain/discomfort and/or swelling after about a week, you may require additional treatment. Once treatment is complete, a dental crown will be placed on the tooth to protect it.

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How long does a root canal take?

The time required for root canal treatment depends on the complexity of the tooth. A front tooth takes less time than a molar. On average, a simple root canal takes about 30 minutes to an hour, while a more complex one may require up to an hour and a half.

How Does a Root Canal Work?

The first step in any procedure at City of Lights Dental is an exam and x-rays. This will determine which tooth is affected and the extent of the infection.

The team will start by getting you settled in the chair, making sure that you are comfortable. Then, the dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the area, which will prevent you from feeling pain during the procedure. You may feel some pressure, but it should not be painful.
A small hole will be drilled in the tooth to allow the infected pulp to be removed. Then, after the pulp has been removed, the tooth will be cleaned out and disinfected to eradicate any bacteria that is left behind.

After the tooth is clean, the dentist will fill it with a biocompatible material, which will offer support from the inside. A dental filling will be used to seal the tooth. If you need a dental crown, an impression will be taken of the tooth to be sent to the dental lab.

The lab usually requires 2 to 3 weeks to fabricate a dental crown. The dentist will place a temporary crown on the tooth to protect it while you wait.

Are root canals painful?

Thanks to the many advancements in dental technology and anesthesia options, the pain associated with root canal treatment is comparable to tooth extraction. Most patients are able to return to their typical routine the day after- if not the day of- the procedure.

However, it’s important to note that everyone is different. Therefore, it’s important to pay attention to your body and take it easy for as long as you need to. If you seem to be having a lot of difficulty, contact your dentist for a follow-up.
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Do I Need a Root Canal?

There are several indicators that you may need root canal treatment, including:

Persisting Chronic Toothaches

While in many cases, a toothache is a temporary issue, a persistent, chronic toothache could indicate that you need root canal treatment.


When you have an infection, an abscess may form along the gumline near the affected tooth. An abscess is a pimple-like pocket of pus that requires prompt treatment. If not addressed promptly, the infection may spread to other areas of your body.

Swelling Around Teeth

In some cases, you may have swelling around the affected tooth due to the waste products being excreted from the infection. Sometimes tenderness occurs along with swelling.

Severe Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is a common issue and may not indicate a problem. However, if you experience extreme sensitivity to heat/cold or sweets, you may need root canal treatment.

Tooth Mobility

When a tooth is infected, the waste products from the bacteria may cause the jawbone to deteriorate. This results in the tooth feeling loose.

Chipped/Cracked Tooth

If left untreated, chips/cracks in teeth allow bacteria to enter. This increases your risk of developing an infection in the dental pulp.

Schedule Your Root Canal Treatment at City of Lights Dental

If you have any of the above signs and symptoms, it’s important to schedule a consultation with the team at City of Lights Dental in Aurora, IL. We have the experience and expertise to treat a variety of dental conditions. When you seek prompt treatment, you increase your chances of salvaging the natural tooth. Unfortunately, in some cases, the tooth cannot be saved and must be extracted. We offer tooth replacement options if this happens.

Root Canal FAQs

At City of Lights Dental, we recognize the importance of understanding your dental procedures. Therefore, if you have any questions about root canal therapy or other available procedures, we will discuss those with you at any time. Below are a few of the most frequently asked questions about root canal treatment:
This procedure is done under local anesthesia, which means your mouth will be numb after. It’s best to wait until the anesthesia wears off before you try to eat anything to avoid possibly biting down on your lip, cheek, or tongue. You may have some tenderness at the procedure site- so you may want to stick with soft foods at first and avoid chewing directly on the affected tooth.
As a general rule, smoking is detrimental to your oral and overall health. It can cause a variety of complications including slow healing. If you are a smoker, it is best if you refrain from smoking for at least 72 hours. If you are interested in quitting, discuss this with the dental team and we can direct you to resources.
This treatment is typically done under local anesthesia. Therefore, you should be able to drive after.
There are no standard rules for what you can or can’t eat following root canal- but it is recommended that you stick with soft foods and avoid chewing with the affected tooth. As you feel ready, you can transition back to your normal diet.
Typically, root canal treatment is done under local anesthesia. However, sedation is an option for patients who have anxiety or are unable to sit for an extended period. If you do require sedation, make sure to bring someone with you that can drive you home.
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