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Root Canal (Endodontics) in Chicago | endodontic surgery, endodontic procedures, endodontic treatment | cracked teeth, tooth pain, tooth sensitivity

Edgebrook Dental Associates

Fischer & Dauahera

 5131 W. Devon Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60646
(773) 631-8717

Root Canal (Endodontics)

Root canal treatment, or endodontic treatment, is needed when the nerve of the tooth has died or is severely damaged or inflamed.  The process involves opening an access through the top of the tooth and removing the damaged nerve and blood vessels in the tooth.  The canal is then thoroughly cleaned and filled with an inert filling material called gutta percha.  If the tooth is in the front of your mouth, it may require only a small filling to seal up the hole.  If it is a posterior tooth or an anterior tooth that has broken or decay has broken down the tooth, then a crown will be necessary to prevent fracture of the tooth in the future.

Smptoms of a root canal:

Symptoms of a dead or dying nerve in a tooth usually include pain or sensitivity to cold, hot or biting pressure.  Cold sensitivity that lingers for a while can be a symptom that the nerve is inflamed and may die.  A nerve can die for many reasons, a few are:

  • -Trauma 
  • -Decay, if its deep enough to involve the pulp (nerve) of a tooth
  • -Multiple or Large Restorations 
  • -Cracked Teeth – A crack in a tooth that extends into the nerve canal may require root canal treatment or extraction if it is severe enough.
  • -Internal Resorption – This can happen due to trauma of the tooth or for no known reason.

Can a root canal fail?

Although the success rates for root canal treatment are high, occasionally a root canal can fail.  This is often due to leakage of the restoration on the top of the tooth.  A missed canal can also cause failure.  You will likely notice pain to chewing if this occurs.  If this occurs retreatment is an option.  If the tooth is not treatable with another root canal, then extraction is the only option.  Replacement can be made with a dental implant, bridge or a removable denture. Some Root canals can be retreated by re-doing the same root canal, others can be treated by a procedure called "apicoectomy".

Root Resorbtion


Chicago Dentist. Dr. Sam Dauahera provides Root Canal (Endodontics), endodontic surgery, endodontic procedures, endodontic treatment to patients suffering from cracked teeth, tooth pain, tooth sensitivity in Edgebrook, IL, Skokie, IL, Lincolnwood, IL, Niles, IL. Edgebrook, IL Dentist providing Root Canal (Endodontics) in Chicago, Illinois.