• January 11, 2018

What words or phrases do you tend to associate with a root canal? Are any of them positive?

There’s a good chance you’ve heard some negative things about root canals, including that they’re painful or cause infections.

Fortunately, that’s not the case at all. Our staff here at Shorewood Family Dental Care is here to relieve your pain, not cause you more of it. That’s exactly what root canal therapy does: relieve the pain caused by an infected, decayed tooth. So then why are people so afraid of them?

Why Are People So Afraid Of Root Canals?

Do you actually know someone who has gotten a root canal? Or perhaps you’ve just heard rumors about root canal therapy.

Even if you underwent root canal therapy more than a decade ago, there’s a good chance the image and treatment you have in your head is far different than the reality you’ll face at our Shorewood, IL dental office. Simply put: root canals are nothing to be afraid of.

It’s widely believed that a fear of root canals come from so-called “legends” about bad experiences. The fortunate reality is that with modern technology and techniques, root canals are no more uncomfortable than a routine dental cleaning. Any discomfort you experience is likely the result of the infection in your tooth, not the treatment to remove it.

Do I Need A Root Canal?

The first and perhaps most important thing we want you to know about root canals is that they’re used to relieve pain, not cause it.

Most often, root canals are used to treat an infection inside of a tooth. The pulp inside your tooth can become infected and cause you immense pain or discomfort. The infection can occur because of an injury or a severe cavity that was left untreated. If left untreated for too long, the infection can become so severe that we’ll have to remove the tooth entirely.

A root canal allows us to treat the tooth without having to extract it, which ends up saving you time and money.

Root Canal Treatment: What To Expect

When you first come in for a root canal, we’ll use local anesthetic to numb the area. We also offer several dental sedation options for added comfort, to ensure you feel relaxed and comfortable throughout the procedure. If you have dental anxiety or are feeling extra uneasy about the treatment, don’t hesitate to ask us about our sedation options.

Once you’re completely relaxed and ready, we’ll start by removing the decay on your tooth. That includes decay on the surface of the tooth as well as in the inside where the dental pulp is. The pulp what becomes infected when the decay is left untreated.

Specialized tools are used to remove infected pulp from inside your tooth. We use rotary files that are more effective than hand-held files that other dentists may use. They allow us to work more efficiently to remove all the infected tissue.

After the inside of the tooth has been cleaned out and sterilized, we’ll use a soft filling to save the tooth. We’ll also resize your tooth so a dental crown can be placed on it. The crown adds another layer of protection to your root canal therapy.

Schedule A Consultation Today

If you’ve been putting off seeing a dentist about your aching tooth, don’t wait another day to call. The worst thing you can do is put off treatment and allow a toothache to turn into a severe infection that could end up costing you your tooth.

At Shorewood Family Dental Care, a root canal is truly nothing to worry about. As we stated above, it’s about relieving your pain, not causing you more of it.

Call your Shorewood, IL dental office today to schedule a consultation. You can also schedule your next dental cleaning to ward off infections and other potential oral health problems. Remember, we want to see you at least twice a year!

Call Shorewood Family Dental Care today at (815) 768-1615. You can also contact us online to request an appointment.