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Root Canals

FAQs About a Root Canal at Urban Smiles Dental

What’s so important about root canal treatment? Root canal treatment is the proven dental procedure for patients who have a tooth that has become badly decayed or has developed a sometimes — but not always — painful infection. If the condition remains untreated, the surrounding teeth will also become infected and may develop another painful condition known as an abscess.

Does a root canal procedure involve the roots of my tooth? Technically, the answer is “no.” A root canal procedure takes place in the center of the tooth – also known as the pulp area. The treatment involves the dentist placing a small hole in the center of the tooth to access and remove the pulp and nerve – often the culprit for pain – from the infected tooth.

What’s the next step in the procedure? At Urban Smiles Dental, the next step in a root canal treatment in Chicago is to repair the hole that was made in the center of your tooth and then cover it with a filling. It should be noted that some procedures will also require the placement of a dental crown to restore your tooth to its natural appearance and function prior to the procedure.

What should I expect after the root canal treatment? Every patient is different – and that includes patients of all ages – so your recovery may vary. You can rest assured, however, that the caring and professional staff at Urban Smiles Dental will not only explain to you what to expect during the actual treatment, but how you can best manage aftercare at home in Chicago.

Do you have a major takeaway that I should know about root canal treatment? Absolutely. Urban Smiles Dental wants to assure and comfort our patients of all ages in knowing that we are dedicated not only to your comfort in our centrally located Chicago dentist office, but to saving your teeth and your smile for a lifetime! A root canal treatment is one certain step to work toward achieving that lifetime goal. If you’d like to learn more about root canal therapy in Chicago or any of the other services we provide, please give us a call or make an appointment today!

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