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Endodontic Therapy (Root Canal)

Inside of all normal teeth is a cavity containing nerves, blood vessels, and live soft tissue called the dental pulp. Occassionally the pulp tissue is abused by trauma, deep decay, large fillings, crowns, or other factors, and the pulp tissue becomes necrotic (dead).  Usually, pulp death results in pain or bone destruction visible on dental x-rays.

Treating a necrotic (dead) pulp is a delicate procedure requiring the following steps.

  1. A small hole is made in the tooth to allow access to the dead pulp tissue.
  2. Using a series of small files, the dead pulp tissue is removed from the internal of the tooth.
  3. When the internal portion of the tooth is hollow and cleared, this area is filled with a "rubber like" material called "gutta-percha."
  4. If the tooth has been severely weakened, it may need a supportive post placed internally, and a subsequent crown (cap) for strength.

Root canal therapy is about 95% effective in restoring the tooth back to normal function.  However, occasionally mild discomfort lingers for a few weeks before the tooth feels normal.

We expect that your tooth that will receive root canal therapy will return to a healthy, strong non-painful portion of your dentition.

About Us

With years of experience and advanced education, Drs. Kennedy and Limardi are able to treat you with the most current techniques and materials. Our goal is to maintain your oral health for a lifetime. In addition, we will provide to you any options available to improve and rejuvenate your smile.

Office Hours

Monday 8:30am to 5pm
Tuesday 12:00pm to 8pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 8:30am to 5pm
Friday 8:30am to 5pm
Saturday 8am to 1pm (alternate)

Contact Info

1425 N McHenry Rd, Suite 101
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

P: 847.955.1500 
E: info@kldentistry.com
 

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