Endodontics (Root Canal)

Do you or someone you know have tooth symptoms such as the following?

  • Recurrent acute pain when chewing or biting
  • Chipped or cracked tooth
  • Pimple or boil on the gums
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold food or beverages
  • Tender, puffy or swollen gums
  • Decay or darkening of the gums
  • Swollen jaw
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Softening bone supporting the tooth
  • Pain when pressure applied to the tooth
Root canal before photo
Before Root Canal

The inside of a tooth includes a soft tissue called pulp, which is beneath the tooth’s white enamel and a hard layer called dentin. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue that aid the growth of the tooth root as the tooth develops. Once a tooth is fully formed, it can survive without the pulp because surrounding tissues continue to nourish it.

Sometimes bacteria can enter the pulp and cause a dental abscess indicated by the symptoms above. When the tooth is infected, endodontic treatment (a root canal) is needed to save it.

Oswego Dental Group specializes in root-canal procedures that remove the infected pulp, clean and disinfect the inner tooth’s surfaces, and re-seal the tooth to prevent new infection.

Endodontics (Root Canal): Procedure

Root canal during photo
During Root Canal

According to the American Association of Endodontists, more than 15 million teeth are saved by endodontic treatment each year (app. 41,100 procedures per day), giving patients comfort from pain while restoring dental health.

A root-canal procedure by Oswego Dental Group is both safe and effective. It is similar to that for a routine filling and can often be completed in one or two visits.

Before beginning the process, we will first take X-rays of the infected tooth to determine the extent of the damage and the proper treatment for the tooth. Next steps will then include the following.

Anesthesia. We will administer a local anesthesia to the affected tooth and the surrounding gums. Many root canals also include general anesthesia.

Dental dam placement. A small rubber dam is placed over the affected area to isolate the tooth and keep it dry during the procedure.

Access hole. A small opening is made in the crown of the tooth so that we can access the pulp.

Pulp removal. We will use tiny instruments to remove the nerves, blood vessels and tissues from the tooth.

Canal shaping. With the pulp removed, we will clean, disinfect and shape the pulp chamber and root canals.

Canal filling. Once the canals are empty, we fill them with a flexible, rubbery dental material known as gutta-percha.

Tooth sealing. A temporary dental filling is placed to seal the tooth and protect it from new bacteria.

Final restoration. Many root canals require a custom dental crown to protect the treated tooth and restore the bite. These custom crowns typically take two to three weeks to complete. When the crown is ready, we remove the temporary filling and place the permanent crown.

Because of the anesthesia, a root canal is typically no less comfortable than getting a filling.

Endodontics (Root Canal): Post-Procedure

Root canal after photo
After Root Canal

The tooth may be mildly numb, sore or sensitive for a short time after the treatment. Most important, the former pain will be relieved because the source of infection has been removed.

With a professional root canal from Oswego Dental Group, you will be able to restore normal chewing and biting, as well as enjoy sharing your natural smile. With proper post-care, you can potentially enjoy the benefits of your Oswego Dental Group root canal for a lifetime.

“Endodontist Near Me”: Contact Us Today

The function and appearance of your teeth are important to you. Oswego Dental Group supports you with the knowledge, skill and technology for root canals that revitalize optimal dental health. To find out more about how our treatment can benefit you at an “endodontist near me,” contact us at (630) 554-8600 or complete and send our contact form.

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Great care as always. A little nervous about a procedure – but Dr. MacDonald and his assistant were great!

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I have been going to Oswego Dental Group for years. They are excellent. Pam has been my hygienist and she is thorough, extremely professional and very kind. My family and I highly recommend this dental office.

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Dr. Milazzo and Dr. MacDonald are awesome!! So glad I found them after I moved to their area. They are the best. Pam cleans my teeth and she is wonderful, painless too! They take very good care of my teeth! If you are looking for a new Dentist and a good office, then this place is for you!

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Great experience! Amy did a great job cleaning my teeth and Dr. MacDonald was also professional and very thorough and helped me understand what treatment options were available to me. I highly recommend this dental practice!

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Oswego Dental Group has a staff of kind and caring hygienists and the entire staff does a great job of keeping the entire office clean and safe for people coming in as well as for themselves.

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Dr. Milazzo’s dental office is fabulous!!! Very patient friendly!! Sally my dental hygienist is awesome!! Very personable, thorough and gentle!! I love the way you feel after a cleaning! I would not go anywhere else!!

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I have been a dental patient at the Oswego Dental Group for nearly 15 years and have always been very happy with the care that I have received. Dr MacDonald and all of the hygienists I have ever had are fantastic people and do a great job on my teeth! Love coming here!

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I love going to my dentist! For 13 years I have never been disappointed and I greatly appreciate how personable and kind the Hygenists have always been! Today my visit was with Pam. I appreciate the time she took to ask how My family and I were going. Dr, MacDonald also took the time to explain a small upcoming procedure I would be having and in doing so put my doubts at ease! Thank you!!!!

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Best dentist experience. Everyone from the receptionist to Dr Milazzo and Dr Macdonald are very friendly. Pam is an amazing dental hygienist. She is absolutely fantastic. Extremely thorough and friendly. I’m sure everyone is great as well but I’ve only had the pleasure of having my teeth cleaned by Pam and have no need to search elsewhere. Thanks everyone at Oswego Dental Group for making my dental visit a good one.

- Ryan I. 08/17/2019