a dentist teaches a patient about root canal services

At Greenwood Dental Care, our top priority is providing safe, gentle dentistry to local families. In addition to our general dentistry services, we also offer endodontic therapy, also known as root canal therapy. While the term strikes fear in the hearts of many, modern dental technology has transformed the root canal into a more-than-manageable procedure that is similar to having a cavity filled. To learn more about any of our restorative dentistry procedures or to schedule an appointment, reach out to Greenwood Dental Care at our Lake County, Illinois office today by calling 855.528.3961.

Do I Need a Root Canal?

If you experience tooth pain that renders you incapable of basic human functioning, especially if it’s a tooth that hasn’t bothered you in a while, there is a good chance the root is infected and needs to be treated by a dentist right away. You may need to have a deep cavity filled or, if the decay is too severe, your dentist might perform a root canal. A root canal treats the center of a tooth when the pulp is impacted by the following concerns:

  • Severe decay
  • Inflammation
  • Infection

The pulp of the tooth is a soft substance that consists of the nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissue. After a thorough cleaning, you will be ready for the next step.

What Happens During a Root Canal?

Before starting root canal therapy, your dentist will administer local anesthesia to ensure your complete comfort. Dr. Kurziak will then place a dental dam on the infected site to isolate the affected area. Your dentist will make a small hole through the top of the tooth to gain access to the pulp of the tooth. The pulp, soft tissue inside the tooth, is removed from the chamber and canals. Your dentist will then clean the canals with a disinfecting solution. They may also take X-rays throughout the procedure to ensure each canal is being adequately treated. Once your dentist has finished cleaning the canals, they will fill them with a rubber-like material to seal and protect the tooth before placing a temporary filling in the opening. Eventually, this will be replaced by a traditional tooth-colored filling or dental crown. 

When Having the Cavity Filled Isn’t Enough

After taking some X-rays and examining your mouth, your dentist will provide an anesthetic to numb the pain and remove the root of the tooth. If there is significant tooth decay present, your dentist may need to do more than fill the cavity. While the root of the tooth may be beyond repair due to decay, a root canal is used to remove the infected pulp and save the structure of the natural tooth and prevent further decay and infection. If tooth decay continues unchecked, it may infect the underlying structure of a tooth itself. 

Restorative Dentistry & Endodontics You Can Trust

Your teeth are an integral part of your overall health. We recommend regular checkups and cleanings throughout the year. In addition to general dentistry, we also perform a wide range of dental procedures, including but not limited to:

  • Endodontic therapy
  • Periodontal therapy
  • Gingivitis treatment
  • Inlay and onlay restorations

Our top priority is the dental health of our patients and creating a comfortable, welcoming environment regardless of the procedure. 

Waukegan’s Go-To Dental Practice

If you think you could need a root canal, then our Illinois dental team is here to help. We have a massive amount of experience performing root canals, which means we are in an excellent position to care for you and your family. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation with a dental health professional from our team, please call us today at 855.528.3961 to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.