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Root Canal in Tinley Park, Il

Root canals relieve and prevent pain. Let’s face it: No one wants to get a root canal. But if you have to have one, you want it to be done by the best dentists in Tinley Park. When done properly, root canals relieve pain, prevent the worsening of decay, and can even save your natural teeth.

Despite its reputation for being painful, the root canal procedure itself is no more painful than getting a filling. The team here at McGonigle Dental Associates delivers effective, compassionate dental care in a calm and relaxing atmosphere.

A root canal procedure removes damaged and infected nerve and pulp during a root canal, repairing and saving the tooth. Infection can happen when deep decay, cracks or chips in the tooth, or other irritants allow bacteria into the root canal.

Left untreated, damaged nerve tissue or pulp can break down, allowing bacteria to multiply inside the tooth. Infection can spread to the tissues around the tooth, and an abscess can form. Not only is an abscess incredibly painful, but it increases the risk of tooth and bone loss and even more serious medical issues.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

The first sign is often sensitivity to heat and cold, but there can be other symptoms. If you notice any of these, you might need a root canal and should schedule a consultation as soon as possible:

It can take two to four hours for the numbness to wear off, but most people can return to work, school, or other activities right away.

The tooth might feel sensitive for the first few days until the inflammation resolves, especially if it was painful and infected before the procedure. Patients can usually manage this discomfort with over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve). Brush, floss, and use an antiseptic mouthwash just as you regularly would and see your dentist regularly. With proper care, most teeth with root canal repair can be prolonged, often for years.

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