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At Innova Family Dental, our team is proud to offer our patients the very best root canals near Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Naperville, and Plainfield because we use GentleWave®. GentleWave root canal therapy is faster, less invasive, more effective, and more comfortable than traditional root canals. By reducing the amount of drilling done, GentleWave allows us to flush infected material out and preserve more of your natural enamel for a better outcome.
Signs Of An Infected Tooth
An infected tooth is a serious dental emergency. Without proper care and treatment, your condition will only get worse.
Keep an eye out for these signs of an infected tooth, and contact our Bolingbrook dental office if you notice any of the following:
- A serious, prolonged toothache that lasts for more than a day or two.
- Tenderness and inflammation of the gums around the tooth
- Discoloration of the tooth or the surrounding gums
- Sensitivity to pressure, heat, and cold.
- In serious cases, you may even develop a fever or swelling around your face or cheek
- It’s also important to note that not all infected teeth cause a toothache, particularly if the infection is very advanced and has destroyed much of the nerve below the tooth.
What To Expect
If you’ve recently been told that you have an infected tooth or may need a root canal, you might be dreading your upcoming appointment. Many patients put off getting endodontic treatment because they are afraid that the procedure will be painful and time-consuming. Unfortunately, avoiding treatment only makes the problem worse and allows the decay and infection to grow, making for a more complicated procedure.
GentleWave is a minimally-invasive endodontic treatment that serves as an effective alternative to traditional root canal therapy. GentleWave utilizes multi sonic technology to create a vortex of cleaning fluids to remove bacteria, debris, and infected tissue from your tooth. With this technology, Dr. Kandimalla will be able to clean even the deepest, hardest-to-reach parts of your tooth.
The Benefits Of GentleWave
When compared to traditional root canal therapy, treatment with GentleWave provides numerous benefits including:
- Faster Treatment- The GentleWave process can be completed in one appointment and requires fewer steps and the use of fewer tools.
- Less-Invasive- By using fluid to disinfect the tooth instead of bulky tools, less enamel will need to be removed.
- More Effective- Less drilling means we will able to preserve more of the natural structure of your tooth, keeping it stronger and healthier.
The GentleWave Process
During a traditional root canal treatment, your doctor will create a hole in your tooth and remove the infected and decayed material through this hole using abrasive dental files and drills. The GentleWave treatment process eliminates the need for these files and requires less drilling, making it a simple and straightforward process.
Dr. Kandimalla will still make a small hole in your tooth, but instead of drilling and filing to remove the decayed material, she will use the GentleWave technology to flush the infected tissue and decayed material out of the root canal system. This ensures that she is able to completely eliminate the infection from even the tiny, microscopic areas of your tooth that are difficult to reach with traditional root canal therapy. Because the GentleWave procedure can clean and disinfect the root canal system with less trauma, more efficiency, and more effectiveness, there is less chance of failure in the long run.
Am I A Good Candidate For GentleWave Treatment?
If you have an infected tooth that requires an endodontic treatment like root canal therapy, you are likely a good candidate for GentleWave treatment. Symptoms like persistent toothache, sensitivity to hot and cold, pain when biting or chewing may indicate that you need root canal treatment. If you notice any of these symptoms, we recommend coming in for a consultation as soon as possible. Dr. Kandimalla will be able to evaluate your needs and walk you through your treatment options.
The Root Canal Treatment Process
A root canal typically takes about 1-1.5 hours at Innova Family Dental. When you come in for your appointment, and Dr. Kandimalla will begin by cleaning your teeth and numbing the treatment area. You can also be sedated if you feel it will make you more comfortable.
Once your mouth is numb, Dr. Kandimalla will use specialized tools to remove any remaining decayed or damaged tooth material. She will then create a small opening in your tooth to access the damaged interior. Then, she will extract the infected pulp from inside your tooth.
After all of the decayed tooth material has been removed, Dr. Kandimalla will flush your tooth with a disinfectant solution to destroy any remaining bacteria. Your tooth will be filled with an inert material called “gutta-percha” to replace the pulp and restore its structure.
When Can I Go Back To Work?
You can go back to work immediately after your appointment at Innova Family Dental, even if you have been sedated. At our office, we only offer laughing gas sedation, which wears off about 5 minutes after Dr. Kandimalla finishes your procedure.
This means you can resume your normal day-to-day activities right away, and that includes going back to work. Many patients choose to have their root canal early in the morning so that they do not have to take a full day off of work.
However, you may experience a little bit of pain and tenderness after your procedure, which can be distracting. If you’re able to, it’s not a bad idea to take half-day or a day off of work so that you can go home and relax.
How Much Do Root Canals Cost?
Your out-of-pocket root canal cost will depend on the terms of your dental insurance. To make it easy for you, Innova Family Dental is in-network with many major dental insurance carriers and accept most dental insurance plans.
If you do not have dental insurance, join the Innova Gold Plan. This dental discount plan offers generous discounts on many treatments and procedures. If you need additional help financing your treatment, we offer monthly payment plans, too!
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