Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment Options in Frankfort, IL

Also Serving the Surrounding Areas

We are proud to offer our patients the latest in root canal therapy to treat their root canal problems. A root canal is a procedure that extracts decayed pulp from the central part of the tooth, reshapes the canal and replaces it with strengthened filler.

Root Canals

A root canal is a procedure that extracts decayed pulp from the central part of the tooth, reshapes the canal and replaces it with strengthening filler.

A cavity is the result of superficial decay of the enamel of the tooth. Left long enough, this decay can burrow into the deeper reaches of the tooth, causing extensive damage to tooth structure. When the damage goes beyond what can be treated with a filling, dentists can perform a root canal (or endodontics), preserving the tooth and retaining its original integrity; thereby, saving a tooth that in the past would have to have been pulled.

This procedure involves:

  • The patient undergoes anesthesia.
  • A dental dam is used to isolate the tooth.
  • The tooth is opened to allow for removal of infected or dead dental pulp.
  • The tooth is comprehensively cleaned, including any cracks and canals.
  • With special tools, the doctor reshapes the canals.
  • The tooth is filled again with cutting edge biocompatible filling material.
  • A temporary covering is used to cover the access opening.
  • Patients must see their regular dentist quickly for a permanent restoration of the tooth.

Does a Root Canal Hurt?

A common misconception is that a root canal is a painful procedure. Actually, root canals are similar to having a cavity filled, producing minimal pain. Today, dentists numb the nerve endings in your mouth to make sure you do not feel pain.

Signs You Need a Root Canal

There are a number of reasons a root canal may be necessary, including:

  • Inflamed/infected tooth pulp
  • Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements
  • Tooth decay
  • Chipped or broken tooth
  • Blow to the tooth
  • Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
  • Repeated dental procedures on a tooth

When Do You need a Root Canal?

When left untreated, these root canal problems can lead to severe tooth decay reaching the root of the tooth, causing extensive damage to the tooth structure. When the damage goes beyond what can be treated with a filling, we can perform a root canal to preserve the tooth and retain its original integrity.

We will work with each patient individually to discuss the details of your root canal problems, treatment and any possible alternatives. Our top priority is to provide you with the highest standard of care.

If you are looking for an endodontist or dentist to perform root canal or detect your root canal problems, our office is located in Frankfort, IL. We service:

Endodontist New Lenox – Endodontist Mokena – Endodontist Homer Glen – Endodontist Tinley Park – Endodontist Joliet – and neighboring areas!