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Tooth decay can wreak more havoc than just producing cavities. It can work its way into the innermost parts of the tooth — the pulp and tiny passageways called root canals that lead to the tooth's connection with the bone.

If that happens, you'll need more than “drilling and filling.” Without intervention, your tooth could be lost. That intervention is a root canal treatment, a procedure that removes the infection from within the tooth and preserves it from re-infection.

You've probably heard the old belief that root canal treatments are painful. With modern anesthetic techniques to deaden pain, that's not true. In fact, root canal treatments stop the pain caused by infected nerves within the pulp and root canals. More importantly, it saves your tooth.

Root canals can be performed by a general dentist. More extensive decay or complex root canal networks may require the services of an endodontist, a dentist who specializes in root canal anatomy and treatments. Endodontists have advanced techniques and equipment to handle even the most difficult case.

Regardless of who performs it, the basic procedure is the same, as is the goal: to completely remove all diseased tissue within the tooth and seal it with a special filling to prevent re-infection. To access the diseased pulp, we first drill an access hole, usually in the biting surface of a back tooth or the back of a front tooth. We then use specialized instruments to remove the infected tissue and flush out the space with antibacterial solutions.

We then insert a filling called gutta percha into the empty pulp chamber and root canals, seal off the filling with adhesive cement, and close the access hole with filling. These fillings and sealants prevent bacteria from reentering the tooth. For added protection against infection and fracturing, we also recommend placing a full-coverage dental crown. This also enhances the appearance of the tooth, which must be modified during the root canal procedure.

The end result: your once endangered tooth has been preserved for hopefully many years to come. So if we recommend you undergo a root canal treatment, don't wait — the tooth you save may be your own.

If you would like more information on root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By All Smiles
February 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canals  

Don’t let all the myths or scary stories fool you. Root canal therapy is actually painless!root canal

TV shows love to comedically mock the horrors of getting a root canal. Unfortunately, visiting the dentist often comes with some pretty negative connotations, but our Worth, IL, dentists are here to turn that all around for you.

Okay, okay so the idea of needing to get a root canal does nothing but induce panic.

Relax! This procedure is fairly straightforward and extremely common. Plus, with our advanced technologies and techniques, we make getting a root canal painless. Root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain. In fact, they are meant to stop pain caused by an infected or inflamed dental pulp.

Why would you feel anything during your procedure? Because we don’t think cruel and unusual punishment and dentistry go together. Our Worth general dentists always perform root canals under local anesthetic, which numbs the area completely before we even start. Even after your procedure, your mouth will be numb for a few hours so you won’t experience any pain.

And you’ll be happy to hear that post-treatment pain is actually quite minimal. In fact, thanks to a survey conducted by the American Association of Endodontists, we know that those who actually get root canal therapy are six times more likely to say that it was painless than someone who has never had one before.

Plus, the purpose of a root canal is to save a damaged tooth. Many people think that just getting a tooth extracted is a better option, but nothing can truly take the place of a natural tooth. An extraction is not the best option. Anytime you can preserve the life of a tooth you should.

Are you worried about sitting in our chair all day? Stop fretting. The idea that a root canal takes multiple visits or several hours is also a myth. Getting a root canal is really no more invasive or advanced than getting a dental filling. In most cases, a root canal can take anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours. You may have to come in for a second visit but that will only be to place a permanent crown over the tooth, which is simple and quick.

All Smiles in Worth, IL, is here for you every step of the way. Whether you need to schedule a routine cleaning or you have questions about getting a root canal you want to turn to the dental experts you can trust.