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Root Canal Therapy – Wheaton, IL

Easing Your Discomfort & Preserving Your Natural Smile

Your teeth are actually composed of three distinct layers: the enamel, the dentin, and the dental pulp located at the center. The dental pulp is soft and contains the nerve of your tooth, and if it’s exposed to bacteria, it can easily become infected, leading to a very, very bad toothache. In these situations, root canal therapy can quickly stop your pain and even save the tooth from extraction. Thankfully, this procedure is not the pain-filled experienced that its reputation would lead you to believe. Most of our patients say that they felt little to no discomfort either during or after it, and they were extremely grateful for how it was able to provide immediate relief.

Why Choose Dr. Kathy Lam For Root Canal Therapy? 

The Process of Getting a Root Canal

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The complete root canal procedure typically takes place over the course of two appointments with your emergency dentist in Wheaton, Dr. Lam. Here’s a breakdown of the entire process:

  1. When a patient comes to see us with severe dental pain, Dr. Lam will start by giving them a brief exam before recommending that they receive a root canal.
  2. To begin, she numbs the tooth and creates a small access hole to reach the dental pulp.
  3. The pulp is removed, the tooth is cleaned and sanitized, and the pulp is replaced with a biologically inert filling material.
  4. A temporary restoration is placed, and at a follow-up appointment, the patient receives a custom-made dental crown to complete the treatment.
  5. Afterward, the tooth can be expected to look and function like normal for many years to come.

Symptoms of Tooth Infections

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The most common symptom that our patients approach us with that indicate that they may need root canal therapy is a severe toothache. Here are a few other signs that your tooth is infected:

If you notice any of these symptoms, contact our office immediately. Our team will fit you in for an appointment as soon as possible so we can relieve your pain.

Benefits of Receiving Root Canal Therapy

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Although it may seem tempting to put off your root canal therapy to see if the problem disappears on its own, that will likely cause you more pain and discomfort down the road. While this procedure has a bad reputation, it actually offers fantastic benefits. Some of these include:

If you have any concerns or questions about the process, don’t hesitate to ask our team. We understand how daunting hearing that you need a root canal can be, which is why we strive to help our patients feel comfortable and assured that they’re doing the best thing for their oral health.

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