A root canal is one of the most important and effective dental procedures for saving your teeth. However, this often-misunderstood treatment often gets a bad reputation due to the myths and rumors surrounding it. Find out more about root canals, when you may need one, and what you can expect during the procedure itself with Dr. Jeffrey Onik and Dr. Connie Onik at Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a dental procedure which cures decay which has infected the tooth’s inner soft tissues and nerves. While dentists can correct a cavity which has not yet reached the soft tissues using a simple dental filling, a root canal to clean out the inside of the tooth and remove the diseased tissues becomes necessary. This process takes about an hour and requires the help of a local anesthetic to numb the work area so the patient does not experience pain or discomfort during their procedure. Root canals are an important dental tool to save your damaged and decayed tooth from extraction, which could leave a gap in your smile along with other side effects.
Do I need a root canal?
In many cases, severe decay causes a toothache, one of the most obvious signs you may need a root canal. However, a toothache only occurs once the nerve inside the tooth has become infected by decay. Before this happens, you may notice some other, less obvious symptoms. Some common signs of advanced decay include unexplained bad breath, tooth sensitivity, especially to hot and cold, visible holes or pits in your tooth, or black or brown staining on the surface of the tooth. Your dentist may also suggest a root canal to avoid these symptoms if decay is too far advanced to correct using a dental filling, but not yet so advanced that it causes any symptoms.
Root Canal Therapy in Naperville, IL
If you think you can benefit from a root canal, you can consult with your dentist to find out if this is the best course of treatment for you. Saving your tooth from extraction with a root canal begins with a simple phone call.
For more information on root canal therapy, please contact Dr. Jeffrey Onik and Dr. Connie Onik at Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL. Call (630) 420-2800 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!