Dr Steven Kacel
Steven N. Kacel, DDS | General Dentistry Northbrook Illinois
Steven N. Kacel, DDS | Cosmetic Dentistry Northbrook Illinois
Steven N. Kacel, DDS | Urgent Care Dentistry Northbrook Illinois

Root Canal

Your Root Canal Treatment Starts by Calling Dr. Kacel’s Northbrook Office. Call 847.498.4415 for an appointment, today.

We know the mention of a root canal makes people grimace, but in most instances, the thought of it is worse than the actual experience.  And sometimes it is an absolute necessity and (yes) welcome by patients who are experiencing great pain or discomfort. What’s more, we can assure you that no one on the North Shore has more experience or is more proficient at avoiding pain—and stopping it at the “root” of the problem than Dr. Kacel and his Northbrook staff.

Root canals are the most common treatment for patients who have infected tooth pulp, due to tooth decay. In order to stop the infection from spreading to your other teeth and into your bloodstream and body, the tooth nerve and the pulp is removed from its center. The hole (cavity) left behind as a result of that procedure is filled with a dental material to seal it tight and put an end to the decay. Besides the hole, your pain and discomfort usually disappear too and healing and protection against infection occurs.

Dr. Kacel’s Root Canal Procedure

  • First, we will make sure you experience little to no discomfort and pain! We understand completely and numb the gums and entire oral cavity with the application of a gel-like substance to the gums, teeth and tongue. To ensure that the area to be treated is completely numb, an anesthetic injection is given afterward.
  • A rubber dam is placed in your mouth to stop any liquid from trickling down the throat. It also stops tiny tooth chips that might happen from entering the throat while we’re working on removing the decay and filling the gap.
  • A metal and rubber frame is used to separate the area that needs to receive treatment from the rest of your teeth. It’s isolated like a tiny island (no palm trees)
  • Kacel or one of his expert associates, may have to remove broken or decayed tooth for its removal.
  • For patients who might be very nervous or in pain, it’s possible to consider the use of sodium pentothal (known in days past as “laughing gas,” as a tool to relieve anxiety and discomfort. We’ll have to discuss this option.
  • The hole left after the infected tooth pulp has been removed is filled with medicines and a special sealing material.
  • Kacel will take an impression of the tooth/teeth in case you need a temporary crown.
  • Our trusted dental lab uses this impression to make a permanent crown that will match the details of the initial
  • While we’re waiting for the permanent crown to be made, you may be fitted with a temporary crown.

What to Expect After Your Root Canal
The most common symptoms after a root canal treatment include a feeling of heaviness around the lips and the gums. This feeling s usually due to the anesthetic, lasts for only a few hours and wanes down and goes away, as anesthesia levels drop. Also, throbbing accompanied with pain is another common effect of root canal treatment that can be controlled by using an over-the-counter pain reliever. Your pain should be completely gone in one or two days, however, your brand new strong crowns should last a long, long time.

Patients who have weak immune systems may be asked to take antibiotics before and after the conclusion of the root canal treatment. Also those patients, who have heart diseases or have had artificial heart valves implanted, need to go through the same regime of antibiotic medication.

Routes Other Than Root Canals
If you’re hesitant about root canal treatment due to expense or other reasons, you can opt for tooth extraction and make use of a removable dental bridge— to span the gap over the open space.

If Dr. Kacel tells you a root canal is needed, please try to schedule it right away to prevent further decay and further spreading of the infection. Contact Dr. Kacel’s Northbrook office to get at the root of any dental pain or discomfort you may be experiencing.

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