Root Canals: Modern Treatments for Tooth Infections in Downers Grove, IL

Sometimes an infection can spread deep into the tooth, affecting the sensitive tissue found in the middle of the tooth. Tooth extraction was the only solution for a severe infection in the past. Now, modern technology makes it possible for a dentist to save the outer structure of the tooth by removing the infection inside.

Our team at Ogden Dental Studio offers top-notch services for dental treatments and restorations, including root canal fillings. Call us to learn more about this modern treatment.


What to Expect During a Root Canal Treatment

The term “root canal” has a bad reputation because many people associate this treatment with a long appointment and pain. The truth is that getting a root canal now can be as simple as a basic filling. At Ogden Dental Studio, we use the best equipment to ensure your comfort and safety during a root canal treatment.

During this appointment, the dentist drills into the tooth to reach the inner pulp where the infection is located. Once the decay is removed, the infection is treated, and the tooth is sterilized. Finally, durable materials are filled in the tooth, often with a crown on top to ensure strength in the future.

Root Canal Therapy and Other Restorative Treatments

Since a large portion of the tooth is removed during a root canal treatment, it’s essential to talk to our team about restorative services as well. The amount of tissue that must be removed during this treatment causes the tooth structure to be weakened. Dental restorations provide the solution to strengthen the remaining parts of the tooth.

The most common solution is to pair a root canal with a dental crown. This combination gives you a long-term solution that can help you avoid dental extraction in the future.


Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canal Fillings

  • How much does it cost?

Most dental insurance companies will pay for a portion of the root canal treatment. Talk to our office staff for a cost estimate before your treatment. We can assist with insurance billing to minimize your out-of-pocket expenses.


  • Is a root canal painful?

During the root canal therapy, the dentist removes the nerves that are located in the tooth. So, the pain is minimal after the treatment. Most patients have a bit of tenderness and sensitivity for a few days.


  • How much time will I spend in the dental chair?

Usually, the treatment can be completed in 30 – 90 minutes. The amount of time depends on which tooth is infected and the severity. If it is a severe infection, multiple appointments might be necessary so the tooth can be disinfected again before placing the final filling.