When damage or decay has reached the inner portion of a tooth, root canal therapy is performed to save the tooth. Root canals have a reputation of discomfort that too often keeps patients from treatment.(847) 250-6979
Our doctors here at Hoffman Smiles work to eliminate the negative stigma by providing a more positive experience during root canal therapy. They want to set their patients at ease and ensure them the process is far more comfortable than they imagine. If you have any questions or concerns, we will answer them. In fact, we want to fully educate each individual about all of their treatment options.
Patients of Hoffman Estates and the surrounding Schaumburg area experience a greater degree of comfort with the use of The Wand. Our doctors deliver a local anesthetic with minimal discomfort. Root canal therapy is an important procedure to resolve extensive damage to a severely decayed, infected or dead tooth.
Our doctors work to educate their patients to understand what a root canal is and why it is so important. Without a root canal, a severely damaged tooth will result in tooth loss. Our doctors perform root canal treatment to save these teeth.
A root canal is performed when the damage or infection has worked its way into the innermost part of the tooth (the pulp), the roots and/or surrounding bone. The infected area is cleaned out and treated before filling the cavity and capping with a crown. This treatment keeps the roots intact to maintain the integrity of the tooth and restore functionality of a healthy bite.
The alternative to a root canal is extraction. Our doctors work to avoid this route in order to prevent additional oral health problems.
Routine cleanings and exams are preventative measures used to minimize the need for root canals. Our doctors encourage their patients to get regular check-ups twice a year in order to detect dental problems before the pain begins. Root canal signs and symptoms include:
These symptoms do not always measure the need for a root canal, but anything out of the ordinary that lasts for more than a few days deserves the attention of a dental exam. Don’t let your fear of the dentist create severe problems that require intensive procedures.
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