Root Canals Specialist

Grayslake Dentistry -  - Cosmetic, Family and General Dentistry

Grayslake Dentistry

Cosmetic, Family and General Dentistry located in Grayslake, IL

Many people get concerned when they find out they need a root canal. The experienced dental team at Grayslake Dentistry wants you to know that a root canal doesn’t have to be an anxiety-ridden, excessively painful experience. You'll be hard-pressed to find a more experienced dental team than the one at Grayslake Dentistry in Grayslake, Illinois. The team performs root canal procedures regularly. Call or book an appointment online if you’re worried about an impending root canal treatment.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal treatment?

A root canal is a dental treatment that saves and repairs an infected tooth. If your tooth becomes critically infected from the inside, one of the accomplished dentists at Grayslake Dentistry removes the bacteria and any dead or dying tissue. In doing so, they are able to save your tooth and soothe your pain.

What causes the root of a tooth to become infected?

Roots and tissue inside your teeth can become infected with bacteria as a result of an injury to the tooth or from a cavity that is left untreated. The infected tissue can develop inside the pulp or root of your tooth if you neglect to go to the dentist. Contact the team at Grayslake Dentistry to ask if treatment is necessary. If you don't take action, the infection could spread even further and lead to other health complications.

What does an infected tooth look and feel like?

An infected tooth can become quite painful relatively quickly, especially if you don’t take care of it promptly. Some typical symptoms of an infected tooth include:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness while chewing
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Unpleasant breath
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • Painful throbbing in your jaw or mouth
  • Tooth darkening in color
  • A bump on your gum like a small pimple

How is a root canal performed?

An experienced dentist at Grayslake Dentistry can typically mend your tooth in one or two appointments. You may need X-rays taken so that Dr. Afshar can evaluate the full extent of the tooth damage before she performs the root canal.

At your appointment, Dr. Afshar at Grayslake Dentistry uses a needle to numb the area with a local anesthetic. Occasionally, she sets a small sheet of rubber, or dental dam, around the tooth to protect it and keep it clean during the procedure. After anesthesia is applied, Dr. Afshar forms a minuscule hole in your tooth to access the infected area inside the root.

Then, Dr. Afshar removes the infected and damaged pulp using small files and washes away any debris from the area with water. Once all damaged substance is extracted, she will either place a temporary filling on your tooth or seal it for protection until you come back for your permanent crown.

Call Grayslake Dentistry, or book a consultation online if you have any symptoms or signs of a tooth infection.