Relieving Pain and Discomfort With a Root Canal

Root Canal in Shorewood, IL

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Root canal is the scariest word in dentistry. Everybody comes in dreading that and everybody knows somebody that has had a horrible experience with a root canal. I would say when I was in dental school we learned by the old technique which was hand file which was three, hour and a half appointments at least to have one tooth treated via root canal. Through training and new technology out there, now that train of thought has changed drastically to where almost all root canal procedures are accomplished in the first procedure so the day you are in and you are numb, we are finished. It has to do with the technology that is available so we go from a hand file system to a motorized system which is basically a drill supported thing. Our x-rays, because they are digital, we have that image in two seconds so we don’t have to take an x-ray, put it through a developer and wait. Much quicker and easier for the patient. Because we are not going in back and forth, they don’t have to get numb multiple times and typically once that root canal is sealed, the symptoms are going to subside very quickly rather than linger on over a series of appointments.

You’ve probably heard of a root canal, and you’ve also probably heard some of the stories and myths surrounding them:

  • root canals hurt
  • they can cause infections
  • it’s better to pull the tooth

Whether or not you believe those myths, they’re all untrue! Root canals are one of the most tried and true dental treatments available, and it’s important to separate the truth about root canals from the rumors and bad reputation this procedure has.

Why Get a Root Canal?

When tooth decay begins, it attacks the surface of your teeth. Ideally, tooth decay would be caught before it is allowed to go any further, but in instances where it does, it will continue to go deeper and deeper into your teeth. Eventually it can reach the roots of your teeth, and when that happens, the very core of your teeth are attacked. An infected tooth root can cause a lot of pain, and a root canal is done to remove infected tissue while cleaning and protecting the area.

This brings us to our first root canal myth – they cause pain. Quite the contrary! Any pain you were experiencing before your root canal will be gone after the procedure! While you may experience some sensitivity for a few days after a root canal, you’ll be under local anesthesia during the procedure. Not only that, but you’ll be infection free afterward!

The Procedure

A root canal procedure begins with localized anesthesia to numb your mouth. We can also offer several dental sedation options for patients who are anxious about their procedure! Once you are relaxed, we’ll begin by clearing away any decay from the surface of your tooth to the inside portion where the soft tissue, or dental pulp, lies. The pulp is what is infected and inflamed when decay reaches the center of your tooth.

We use a series of special endodontic rotary files to gently remove any infected pulp from inside your tooth. Our advanced rotary files are far more effective than traditional hand-held files, meaning that we’re able to more effectively remove all infected tissue.

After we’ve cleaned and sterilized the inside of your tooth, we’ll fill it with a special soft filling that will protect and preserve your tooth. We’ll also reduce your tooth in size so that we can place a crown on it. This will further protect your tooth from the wear, tear, and sensitivity that can develop after a root canal.

A well performed root canal in Shorewood, IL at Shorewood Family Dental Care won’t cause infection, it will remove every last bit of it! We take great care to ensure your tooth is sterilized and protected after your root canal so that there is no chance of reinfection.

Why Not Pull The Tooth?

Pulling a tooth is always a last resort. While there are cases of infection and decay that can necessitate extraction, we believe that the best thing for your mouth is your natural teeth. If we can protect and restore a damaged tooth, we’ll always do that instead of extracting it.

If you think you need a root canal treatment, don’t wait for the pain to get worse! Call our office today at 815-768-1615, or fill out our online appointment request form. We look forward to helping you live pain-free!