If you need a more accessible version of this website, click this button on the right.Switch to Accessible Site

Kurt D James, DDS, PC | Root Canal (Endodontics) in Troy

KURT D JAMES, DDS, PC

550 Edwardsville Rd. Troy, IL

618-667-3446

Monday, May 11th: IDPH reccommended "oral health providers resume provision of routine oral and dental care consistent with this guidance for minimizing risk of transmission of  COVID-19 in an oral health setting. 

We are following guidelnes and reccomendations made by the American Dental Associaton, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Some of our changes you will encountor on your next appointment are as follows: 

    •  
  • Pre-screening patients prior to their appointment date, the day of your appointment and temperature taken.
  • We will use virtual waiting room, patients will remain in car until appointment.
  • Patients will wear masks inside the office or be given a mask. 
  • Patients will use hand sanitizer upon entering or wash hands.
  • Pre-treatment rinse.
  • Wear mask out of office after treatment completed in operating.

 

We have placed HEPA-UV vacuum system to purify the air in the operatories. Any further questions, do not hesitate to call us at 618-667-3446

Patient Registration Form            Patient Medical History Form 

 

Root Canal (Endodontics)
 

Endodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the nerves of the teeth. Root canals are probably the most notorious procedure in dentistry and the most common procedure relating to endodontics. When a tooth becomes infected it is usually related to the nerves in the root of the tooth. The infected nerves need to be removed. If left untreated an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a much more serious problem that includes bone loss in the jaw.

The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to start the procedure. The dentist will then drill down into the tooth to create an opening into the canal. They will then be able to remove infected tissue and clean the canal. After the infection has been removed, the space if filled with a sealant called gutta percha. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is fitted with a crown. This will improve the appearance of the tooth, and will also make it much more likely that the root canal is successful.

"Root canal" has become a scary term for dental patients to hear, but the benefits of the procedure and advances in dental technology have made it much less "scary". Local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little to no pain in most cases. There may be some soreness following the procedure, but that is normal for most dental procedures. Over the counter painkillers are usually enough to relieve any pain afterwards, but your dentist may prescribe medication. The procedure will also relieve you from pain caused by the infection allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any pain from heat, cold, or biting too hard. If you are experiencing pain consult your dentist today.

 
 
 
Troy Dentist | Root Canal (Endodontics). Kurt James is a Troy Dentist.