Root Canals

Pro Dental Care

General, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry located in South Elgin, IL & Sleepy Hollow, IL

Advancements in dental technology have vastly improved many common dental procedures, and root canals are no exception. Dr. Rick Brar and Dr. Keith Bram of Pro Dental Care perform many root canals each year, assisting residents of South Elgin and Sleepy Hollow, Illinois, in restoring their dental health. If you’re interested in saving an infected tooth rather than pursuing an extraction or replacement, come in to discuss today’s painless root canal procedure. You can book a visit online or by phone.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure that treats and saves an infected tooth. The best way to understand this common dental service is by envisioning the interior structure of the tooth.
The outer, visible portion of your tooth is a thin, hard coating of white enamel. Just beneath lies another layer of hard tissue called dentin, which is yellow in color. Beneath your dentin is an inner chamber filled with a soft material called pulp.

Your pulp is a mixture of connective tissues, blood vessels, and nerves. If that material becomes infected, the only way to address the problem is with a root canal, which removes the pulp and restores structural integrity to the tooth using artificial materials.

Today’s root canal techniques deliver excellent results with no pain. In fact, the process relieves the pain of an infected tooth and is nothing to fear.

Why would I need a root canal?

Many things can cause pulp infection. If your tooth has sustained significant decay, bacteria could enter through a cavity. Multiple dental procedures on a tooth can also weaken it and allow bacteria to enter.

In some cases, an infection is the result of trauma to the tooth where there is no visible damage. In those instances, persistent tooth pain can be the only sign that there is a problem.

If you notice these signs and symptoms, schedule a diagnostic exam at Pro Dental Care.

  • Prolonged or severe tooth or gum pain
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Swelling
  • Drainage from the tooth or gum
  • Sensitivity to heat or cold

Routine dental exams and cleanings are the best way to address dental issues in the earliest stages.

What happens during a root canal?

You’ll receive a local anesthetic to numb the area, and sedation is an option if you have significant dental anxiety. Once the targeted tooth is isolated with a special dental dam, your dentist begins by creating an opening in the crown of your tooth.

That opening allows specialized dental tools called files to remove the infected pulp and shape the inner chamber and root canals. At Pro Dental Care, laser technology is used to destroy all traces of bacteria at this stage of the process, which reduces the risk of future infection.

Next, a special material is used to fill the empty chamber and provide support to the remaining natural tooth tissue. A temporary filling closes the opening, and a temporary crown protects the tooth until a permanent crown is prepared.

When your permanent crown is ready, it is checked for fit and cemented into place, completing the root canal process. Your restored tooth will look and function much like your natural teeth.

If you have questions about root canals, schedule a consultation at Pro Dental Care using the online tool or over the phone.