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What happens during a root canal?


Have you ever heard someone say, “I’d rather have a root canal”?

Contrary to the pain-inducing phrase, a root canal can be a positive thing for your tooth! Millions of teeth are treated and saved each year with root canals.

Inside the tooth under the enable is a soft tissue called the pulp, which contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. The pulp is important during a tooth’s growth and development, however, once a tooth is fully mature, it can survive without the pulp.

If you are experiencing pain while chewing or biting, have a chipped or cracked tooth or experience lingering sensitivity to hot or cold, you may need a root canal.

Getting a root canal is relatively painless and extremely effective!

The first step in the procedure is to take an X-ray to see the shape of the root canals and determine if there are any signs of infection in a surrounding bone. Your dentist will then use local anesthesia to numb the area near the tooth.

During a root canal, your dentist will remove the inflamed pulp and clean and disinfect the inside of the tooth. Then, the tooth is filled and sealed, and restored with a crown or filling for protection. You will be pain-free with a healthy tooth again!

The experienced dental team at Shining Smiles LLC will take time explaining the procedure and make you feel at ease. Shining Smiles also offers an online video on its website.

Root canals help you maintain your natural tooth, and with proper care, most teeth that have a root canal treatment can last a lifetime.

Shining Smiles also recommends getting a checkup every six months with your dentist to help prevent root canals.

Shining Smiles

110 N. Larkin Avenue

Joliet, IL 60435