I’m Nervous About Having a Root Canal

Once a dreaded procedure, a root canal is no longer something to agonize over. This tooth-saving dental treatment is necessary when a tooth is severely damaged. When you have a small cavity, the dentist can fill the hole and restore the tooth’s form and function. However, major dental decay makes a filling impossible. That’s when we rely on root canal treatment to save your tooth. 

At Pro Dental Care in Elgin and Sleepy Hollow, Illinois, dental specialists Rick Brar, DMD, and Irej Aslam, DDS, try to save your natural teeth whenever possible. While your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, damage from dental decay or injury can make it necessary to rescue your teeth. 

Attending twice yearly checkups drastically reduces the risk of needing extensive repair for dental decay. That’s because when you come in every six months we perform a dental exam and check the shape of your oral health, making sure there are no potential problems brewing with your gums and teeth. In the event that you do need root canal treatment, we’ve put together some helpful information on why it’s no longer a procedure to dread.

What is a root canal?

Pulp is a soft, malleable material found in the center of your teeth. It’s where the nerves and blood vessels that maintain each tooth are found. It’s also a vulnerable area most often affected by bacterial infections. If the infection is significant, it can cause major damage, not to mention pain. Left untreated, the infection can spread. 

By removing contaminated material, safeguarding the tooth from future damage, and replacing it with a permanent solution like a crown or filling, root canal treatment saves your tooth and prevents complications. 

Why not just extract it?

When a person is experiencing severe dental pain, it may be tempting to have the tooth extracted rather than try to save it. However, while this may provide temporary relief, it can lead to long-term dental issues. Here’s why:

Even a single lost tooth can place undue strain on the remaining teeth. When you have all of your natural teeth in place, your jaw works best. A missing tooth can lead to reduced bone density in the area of your jaw where the tooth would be. Extracting a tooth can also cause your other teeth to shift, causing bite misalignment.

Root canal procedure

Modern root canal treatment has come a long way. It’s not only effective, but also comfortable. Here’s how it works:

The entire area is numbed with local anesthetic. Sedation dentistry is available if you have dental anxiety. We want you to feel as relaxed as possible.

We’ll drill a small hole at the back of your tooth after you’re comfortable and remove the infected dental pulp inside your tooth using a special tool. We’ll clean the tooth once all of the infectious material is gone. We then sealed and filled the tooth with a biocompatible substance to prevent infection.

A dental crown then restores the biting surface of your tooth. We can create a personalized restoration in our office. To match with the rest of your smile, we’ll tailor the tooth to your preference in terms of form, color, and size so that it blends in seamlessly. 

Having a root canal is virtually painless. In fact, it relieves pain, since the infection itself is often painful. 

Don’t put off treatment if you need a root canal. It won’t get better on its own and the infection threatens your oral health. Stop in to see us today! Call our team to schedule a visit or request an appointment online. Let’s restore your smile together!

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