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Root Canal Therapy in Bolingbrook

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Save Infected Teeth With Root Canal Therapy at Innova Family Dental

Infected teeth can be very painful and will almost always lead to further complications. At Innova Family Dental, we offer gentle root canal therapy to get you out of pain and back to your daily routine. Dr. Kandimalla has years of experience performing successful root canals in Bolingbrook and Naperville, so you can always trust that your treatment results will be optimal. Call today to schedule an appointment and learn more about whether root canal therapy is right for you.

Recognizing Infection: Signs of an Infected Tooth

An infected tooth is a serious dental emergency. Without proper care and treatment, your condition will only get worse. Keep an eye out for these signs of an infected tooth, and call us today if you notice any of the following:

  • A serious, prolonged toothache that lasts for more than a day or two.
  • Tenderness and inflammation of the gums around the tooth
  • Discoloration of the tooth or the surrounding gums
  • Sensitivity to pressure, heat and cold.
  • In serious cases, you may even develop a fever or swelling around your face or cheek
  • It’s also important to note that not all infected teeth cause a toothache, particularly if the infection is very advanced and has destroyed much of the nerve below the tooth.

The Root Canal Treatment Process

A root canal typically takes about 1-1.5 hours at Innova Family Dental. When you come in for your appointment, and Dr. Kandimalla will begin by cleaning your teeth and numbing the treatment area. You can also be sedated, if you feel it will make you more comfortable.

Once your mouth is numb, Dr. Kandimalla will use specialized tools to remove any remaining decayed or damaged tooth material. She will then create a small opening in your tooth to access the damaged interior. Then, she will extract the infected pulp from inside your tooth.

After all of the decayed tooth material has been removed, Dr. Kandimalla will flush your tooth with a disinfectant solution to destroy any remaining bacteria. Your tooth will be filled with an inert material called “gutta-percha” to replace the pulp and restore its structure.

Tips For Recovering From Your Surgery

Overall, recovering from a root canal is very simple. The process is not invasive, and you will not experience any symptoms like bleeding or bruising. Your tooth may feel a bit tender, but that is usually the only symptom you’ll experience.

However, if you are wearing a temporary crown after root canal surgery, you may need to take a few steps to make sure you don’t accidentally dislodge it. You will usually wear this crown for 1-2 weeks while a permanent crown is made after your appointment.

During this time, you should try to avoid eating very sticky foods like taffy, caramel, and gum, as well as hard foods like granola, hard candy, or ice. Very tough and chewy foods like steak and hard, crusty bread should also be avoided.

These foods can damage or dislodge your temporary crown. In addition, they may cause you to experience additional pain and discomfort. Avoid eating them, or try to chew them on the other side of your mouth.

Other than that, you can go back to your day-to-day activities right away. Thanks to modern advances in root canal therapy, you don’t have to worry about taking time off or going through a lengthy recovery process.

When can I go back to work?

You can go back to work immediately after your appointment at Innova Family Dental, even if you have been sedated. At our office, we only offer nitrous oxide sedation, which wears off about 5 minutes after Dr. Kandimalla finishes your procedure.

This means you can resume your normal day-to-day activities right away, and that includes going back to work. Many patients choose to have their root canal early in the morning so that they do not have to take a full day off of work.

However, you may experience a little bit of pain and tenderness after your procedure, which can be distracting. If you’re able to, it’s not a bad idea to take half-day or a day off of work so that you can go home and relax.

Can I Exercise after root canal therapy?

You can exercise immediately after root canal therapy, if you wish. Unlike other types of oral surgeries like tooth extractions, there is no need to take time off from exercise or heavy exertion after a root canal. So don’t worry, you can get back to the gym right after your appointment.

Will it be painful? How long will the pain last?

The process of root canal therapy does involve cleaning the inside of your tooth and removing some tooth pulp, so it’s normal for your tooth to be a bit sore, tender, and sensitive after your treatment. In most cases, this will last for anywhere from 1-3 days.

This pain is relatively minor. You can take over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen, naproxen, or acetaminophen to help with inflammation and pain. Applying an ice pack near the affected area for 10 minutes at a time may also help if you’re experiencing a lot of pain.

If you continue to experience pain after 3-5 days, this is not normal, and could indicate a problem with your tooth. So don’t wait. Contact Dr. Kandimalla for a follow-up right away if you continue to experience severe pain.

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