Did you know that the last week of March is devoted to raising Root Canal Awareness? It’s true. The American Association of Endodontists and dentists throughout the country use this week to dispel myths and misconceptions about root canal therapy. Unfortunately, root canal procedures have a bad reputation. Just saying the words “root canal” may give some of our patients the willies. Despite this undeserved reputation, root canal therapy saves damaged teeth from extraction.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is actually a part of the interior structure of teeth. The root canal is a natural cavity inside your tooth that houses the pulp chamber and nerves. The pulp chamber is full of important cellular material.
What is root canal treatment?
Unless affected by decay or traumatic injury, a root canal is naturally protected from exposure to bacteria. However, if you have experienced a tooth fracture or severe decay, bacteria may enter the root canal and infect the pulp chamber and nerves. In many cases, patients experience pain and discomfort when the root canal is breached. During root canal therapy, your dentist will use tiny instruments to clean away the infection, remove the infected tissue, and fill the root canal with a sealant. This process, when done correctly, stops aggressive bacteria from causing further damage and prevents the need for tooth extraction.
Is root canal therapy painful?
Dr. James Fondriest always keeps patient comfort in mind. Lake Forest Dental Arts uses innovative technology to conservatively address oral health problems. Many of our patients have reported to our team that their root canal procedures were not any more uncomfortable than a simple filling.
Dr. Fondriest will restore your tooth function and the appearance of your smile with treatment plans designed for your specific needs. To schedule an appointment at our Chicago dentist office, contact Lake Forest Dental Arts at (847) 234-0517. We serve patients from Grayslake, Barrington, Lake Forest, Winnetka, Highland Park, North Shore, and Chicago.