2300 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL, 60622
Phone: 773.697.4535
Fax: 773.904.7873

Bucktown Root Canal

Bucktown Endodontic Procedure (Root Canal)

Dr. Rocha is an endodontist in Chicago, meaning that she specializes in diseases associated with the pulp of the tooth. An endodontic procedure takes about four steps to complete. First, Dr. Rocha will examine the tooth and take an X-ray. Second, the crown of the tooth will be drilled so that the pulp may be cleaned and shaped. Third, Dr. Rocha will fill the tooth with a rubber-like material using an adhesive to completely seal the root canal. In the final step, your general dentist will completely restore and protect your tooth with a crown or permanent filling.

Tooth Anatomy

The outside of the tooth is made up of white enamel. Underneath the enamel is the dentin, a hard layer that surrounds the pulp of the tooth. The pulp is made up of soft tissue consisting of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue that run from the crown to the tip of the root. As the tooth grows, the pulp creates the surrounding hard tissues. Once a tooth has fully grown, it no longer needs the pulp to survive because the surrounding tissues continue to nourish the tooth.

Diagnosis

Chronic pain or sensitivity, tenderness from chewing, and discoloration of the teeth are all symptoms of an inflamed or infected pulp which may require endodontic treatment. Tooth decay, cracks, chips, and tooth injury can all lead to pulp damage.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, visit Dr. Rocha, Chicago endodontist, at Bucktown Endodontics. Dr. Rocha will perform an exam and a series of tests to determine the problem and decide on a treatment plan suited to your needs.

Insurance

Before we begin any treatment, we will discuss an estimate with you. Payment is due upon completion of the procedure. Checks and major credit cards are accepted. We also accept CareCredit, a credit card specifically for your health care needs. Visit www.carecredit.com for more information.

If you have insurance, your claim will be submitted upon completion of your treatment. It takes most insurance companies four to six weeks to respond to the claim. You are responsible for any balance or fees your insurance provider does not cover.

Recovery

The tooth may be sensitive for up to several days after the procedure is completed; however, the pain can be treated with over-the-counter medications or prescriptions. Most patients can return to work and daily activities the day after treatment. The tooth’s full function will be restored once the permanent filling or crown is placed.

Patient FAQ

Who is a good candidate for an endodontic procedure?

A good candidate is one with inflamed, infected, or damaged pulp. If the pulp is left untreated, it can lead to an abscess and cause tooth pain. A root canal at Bucktown Endodontics may save your tooth from further problems down the road.

What symptoms may mean that I need an endodontic procedure?

Symptoms of a damaged pulp include: pain in the tooth; chronic tooth sensitivity, tenderness in the gums, nearby bones, or lymph nodes; swelling near the tooth; and discoloration of the tooth. Patients may have one or more of these symptoms; however, some patients experience no symptoms at all.

How does endodontic treatment save the tooth?

Dr. Rocha, Chicago endodontist, will remove the pulp of the tooth, clean and shape the inside of the canal, and fill in and seal the space in the canal. Once the procedure is done, you may return to your dentist who will put a crown on the tooth. Once the tooth is covered, you will have full function in your tooth.

Will I feel pain during or after the procedure?

Endodontic treatment in Chicago is meant to relieve the pain and discomfort of a damaged pulp. Anesthetics are used during the procedure, so most patients report that they do not feel any discomfort during the procedure.

After the procedure, there may be tooth sensitivity present. However, this can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications if necessary. Your tooth may feel somewhat different after treatment. If you are experiencing pain and pressure that has lasted for days, speak with Dr. Rocha.

How much does the procedure cost?

The cost of endodontic treatment in Chicago depends on which tooth is affected and how complex the problem is. Molars are typically more difficult to treat than other teeth. If endodontic treatment is delayed, the cost for other treatments usually outweighs the cost of endodontic treatment. Tooth extractions, bridges, and dental implants all typically cost more than endodontic treatment.

Does the tooth need special care after endodontic treatment?

The tooth is fragile until it is completely restored, so you should refrain from chewing until your dentist has fully restored it with a crown or permanent filling. You should also keep up proper dental hygiene after treatment, including: brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings.

In rare cases, a tooth may not be completed healed or treated after endodontic treatment. In this situation, another endodontic treatment will probably heal the tooth.

What causes a tooth to need another treatment?

New injury, decay, cracks, or chips can all lead to the necessity of another treatment. In some cases, one procedure is not enough to completely restore the tooth.

Does endodontic treatment work on all teeth?

Most teeth can be treated with endodontics in Chicago, but there are some cases where the tooth cannot be fixed. If the root canal is inaccessible, the root is severely damaged, or the tooth does not have adequate bone support, then the tooth may require endodontic surgery rather than endodontic treatment.