Do you react with dread at the thought of a root canal? Your reaction may be related to a bad experience in the past, misunderstanding of the procedure, or dental anxiety in general. Fortunately, effective sedation methods and advances in dental technology, the Mount Prospect Family Dentist can perform the procedure quickly and comfortable.
Why Root Canals are Necessary
If a tooth starts to decay and is not treated, the decay can eventually penetrate into the root canal of the tooth. This is the space inside the root of your tooth that holds pulp, nerves, and tissue. Usually the first sign of root canal infection is severe pain and discomfort. Once the root canal becomes infected by decay, a root canal is necessary to save the tooth.
The Root Canal Procedure
Root canal therapy is necessary to completely remove any infected material from inside your tooth. We start by numbing the area to be treated so that you feel no discomfort. The dentist then makes a very tiny hole in the back of your tooth. This provides access to the inner portion of your tooth so that the infected material can be removed completely.
Once the infection is removed, the inside of the root canal is thoroughly cleansed. The tooth is then sealed and filled for protection. It may be necessary to place a dental crown over the tooth to protect and strengthen it.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry with Root Canals
We understand that root canals can cause anxiety for many people. Sedation can be very helpful in overcoming this fear, and our team is trained to use different sedation methods to help you relax during the procedure. One option is nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) that will help you feel very calm while we are treating your tooth.
If you have a higher level of anxiety, we can prescribe an oral medication to be taken before you arrive at our office. With sedation dentistry, many patients feel no discomfort, and have little or no memory of the procedure at all.
Please Contact Our Office for More Information
The team at our Mount Prospect Family Dentist office understands that you may be anxious about having a root canal. But it is very important that you get immediate care or you risk losing the tooth. Please contact our office so that we can answer your questions and provide the treatment you need.