Root Canal Treatment Specialist

Melvin A. Boule, DMD -  - Cosmetic & General Dentist

Boule Dental

Melvin A. Boule, DMD

Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Plano, IL

Many people get concerned when they find out they need a root canal. Melvin Boule, DMD, and the experienced dental team at Boule Dental want you to know a root canal doesn’t have to be an anxiety-ridden, excessively painful experience. Located in Plano, Illinois, the experienced dental team at Boule Dental performs root canals on a routine basis. If you have any hesitations about getting a root canal, give the office a call or schedule an appointment online.

Root Canal Treatment

Why might I need a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that is meant to relieve pain and save your tooth. If your tooth becomes severely infected from inside, Dr. Boule removes the bacteria and any dying or dead tissue. In doing so, he’s able to save your tooth and soothe your pain.

What can cause a tooth infection?

Tissue and roots inside of your teeth can get infected with bacteria due to injury to the tooth or from a cavity that remains untreated for too long. If you don’t get to a dentist in time, the infected tissue can reach the pulp or root of your tooth. Be sure to inquire about treatment, because if the infection gets any further, this can induce a host of other problems.

How do I know if I have an infected tooth?

If you don't deal with an infected tooth right away, you'll be welcoming a great deal of pain in the future. Some typical symptoms of an infected tooth include:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness, especially when chewing
  • Intense tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Unpleasant breath
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • Painful throbbing in your jaw or mouth
  • Darkening color of the tooth
  • A small pimple-like bump on your gum

What's involved in a root canal?

Typically, Dr. Boule can take care of your tooth in one or two visits. You may first need X-rays so he can judge the magnitude of damage to the tooth needing a root canal.

When it's time for the procedure to begin, Dr. Boules will apply a needle to anesthetize the area. Sometimes he places a dental dam, or a little piece of rubber, on your tooth to preserve its cleanliness and protect it from bacteria during the procedure. Once your tooth is anesthetized, Dr. Boule makes a small incision in your tooth to reach the infection inside the root.

Then, Dr. Boule will clear away the unhealthy and infected pulp and irrigate the area with water to clean it. Until you return for a permanent crown, Dr. Boule either seals the tooth or applies a temporary filling.

Call Boule Dental or book a consultation online if you have any symptoms or signs of a tooth infection.