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Root Canals Specialist

Global Facial Aesthetics

Cosmetic Dentists & Implant Specialist located in River Forest, IL

Root canals provide a quick and virtually pain-free way to preserve your permanent teeth. At Global Facial Aesthetics, Gary Alder, DDS, FAGD, DAAPM, and Irene Skirius, DDS, offer root canal therapy with the PreXion Excelsior cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) system. To make an appointment at the practice in River Forest, Illinois, call the office to speak with a friendly staff member or click the online booking tool.

Root Canals Q&A

What are root canals?

Root canals are a type of endodontic treatment that removes infected or inflamed pulp from the center of a tooth. The process eliminates pain, keeps the infection from spreading, and prevents the need for an extraction.

Global Facial Aesthetics performs root canal therapy using the state-of-the-art PreXion Excelsior CBCT system. The treatment provides various advantages over traditional root canal treatment, including:

  • Improved diagnosis
  • More accurate treatment
  • The ability to see potentially serious problems like vertical root canal fractures
  • Quicker recovery

In addition, the PreXion Excelsior allows for better patient outcomes, lowering the risk of root canal retreatment.

What types of issues can root canals treat?

Global Facial Aesthetics uses root canals to treat damaged or infected pulp — the soft center of a tooth. Common causes include oral trauma, untreated cavities, and cracked or chipped teeth. 

What do root canals involve?

At Global Facial Aesthetics, root canals take one or two appointments:

First appointment

First, your provider conducts an oral exam and asks about your symptoms. Then, the team takes a series of 3-D digital X-rays with the PreXion Excelsior CBCT system. Your provider uses these X-rays to pinpoint the source of your discomfort and to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.

Next, your provider administers a local anesthetic and removes the pulp from the center of your tooth. They rinse out the tooth with an antibacterial solution and fill it with gutta-percha, a rubbery material.

When the gutta-percha dries, your provider takes digital impressions of your tooth and transfers them to the onsite dental laboratory. Then, they bond a temporary crown on top of your treated tooth.

Second appointment

The dental lab has a CEREC milling machine they use to create an all-porcelain crown. When it’s finished, you return to Global Facial Aesthetics.

Your provider administers a local anesthetic, removes the temporary crown, and bonds the permanent crown in its place. Before you leave, they polish the crown, make adjustments as necessary, and provide care instructions.

Following root canals, what is recovery like?

Following a root canal, you’ll experience some increased tooth sensitivity. Eat soft foods like yogurt or scrambled eggs for the first 24 hours and avoid biting down on the temporary crown. Continue to brush and floss regularly, but be gentle around the treated tooth. 

To learn more about root canals, make an appointment at Global Facial Aesthetics by calling the office to speak with a caring administrative staff member or by clicking the online booking tool.