Root Canal Therapy in Round Lake
Root canal therapy is a dental treatment that helps preserve the natural structure of your teeth. Dr. Copeland at Cedar Lake Dental is a Round Lake dentist who focuses on conservative treatments that will keep your natural teeth whenever possible, and root canal therapy is one of her many options that align with those goals. At Cedar Lake Dental, we truly care about your smile and oral health, and we'll try our best to make sure you are comfortable and have a rewarding dental experience while you are with us.
What is root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy is the process of clearing out an infection in the root of a tooth. Sometimes, through a deep & untreated cavity or trauma, bacteria can penetrate through the layers of your tooth and cause an infection in the pulp at the root of the tooth. Infected roots are usually very painful and can even cause blisters to occur on the gums in the area.
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What is the process?
First Dr. Copeland will make sure you have proper anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable and will feel no pain during the procedure. Then, to clear out the infected pulp at the root of the tooth, Dr. Copeland will use a specialized drill that is made specifically for root canals to drill in through the top of the tooth. Once she reaches the infected area, she will thoroughly clean out the infection and make sure only healthy tissue remains.
Once she is sure that the infection has been removed, she will fill up the hole with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha, or something very similar. This seals the canal and protects it from further infection. Next, she will restore the tooth with either a filling or a crown, depending on the situation. There may be some pain and irritation after the procedure, but usually over the counter pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen are all that you will need.
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