A root canal is a quick, outpatient procedure that preserves a damaged or decaying tooth. At Dr. Robert Davidson, DDS, PC, experienced dentist Bob Davidson, DDS, performs root canals on-site using local anesthetic and special tools to ensure your comfort. To make an appointment at the practice in Elburn, Illinois, call the office to speak with a friendly member of the administrative team or click the online booking tool.
A root canal is an endodontic procedure that treats damaged or infected tooth pulp. Pulp resides in the center of each tooth and contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. It helps your permanent teeth come in but isn’t necessary for their long-term survival.
By removing damaged or inflamed tooth pulp, Dr. Davidson can eliminate pain, stop the infection from spreading, and save your permanent tooth.
Dr. Davidson uses root canals to treat damaged or infected tooth pulp. Common causes of pulp inflammation and damage include:
If you experience tooth pain, increased sensitivity, or a feeling of heat in your gums, contact Dr. Davidson right away.
At Dr. Robert Davidson, DDS, P.C., getting a root canal takes two appointments:
During your initial consultation, Dr. Davidson conducts an oral exam and asks about your symptoms. Then, he takes oral X-rays to assess the extent of the damage or decay.
Dr. Davidson administers a local anesthetic and carefully removes the pulp from the center of your tooth. Then, he rinses your tooth out with an antibacterial solution and fills it with a material called gutta-percha.
Lastly, Dr. Davidson takes digital impressions of your tooth and sends them to a dental laboratory. Before leaving the office, he applies a temporary crown to protect your tooth.
When the laboratory completes your crown, you return to the office. Dr. Davidson administers a local anesthetic, removes your temporary crown, and replaces it with the permanent one. After bonding the crown in place, he polishes your teeth, trims any excess material, and provides care instructions.
After a root canal, most people experience mild swelling and increased tooth sensitivity. Avoid biting down on your temporary crown and stick to soft foods like yogurt or mashed potatoes for at least two days.
Continue brushing and flossing as normal, but be careful around the treatment site. Once you receive your permanent crown, it’s okay to return to routine activities right away.
To learn more about undergoing a root canal, make an appointment at the practice of Dr. Robert Davidson, DDS, P.C. by calling the office to speak with a caring member of the administrative staff or by clicking the online booking tool.