Root Canal Treatment

Contrary to what you’ve heard, read, and been taught, root canal therapy is a conservative dental procedure that could eliminate the need for extracting a tooth. Yes, it saves teeth!

At some point, you will probably experience a toothache. If tooth decay or a fracture is to blame, the location and depth of structural damage will be assessed to determine treatment. Inside each of our teeth, a canal filled with a nerve and vascular tissue sustains the tooth’s life. The pulp, or nerve, brings nutrients and removes waste. A deep cavity or fracture can compromise the sterile root canal. Bacteria invade, and infection sets in. Pressure builds, and this is when pain develops.

At this point, the internally infected tooth must be treated or infection can spread to the bloodstream. You have two options: extract the tooth or extract the infected pulp with root canal therapy. During root canal treatment, a tooth’s canal is disinfected; the pulp is removed and replaced with a special filling material. While the affected tooth is no longer alive, it can remain in place when it is protected with a crown.

Today, uncomplicated root canals take just one visit. Dr. Sokol offers root canal treatment, as well as dental anesthesia to keep you completely comfortable during the procedure. By retaining your natural tooth, you will avoid potential bite problems, complications with tooth replacement, or problems from a nonreplaced extracted tooth. The best dentistry allows you to keep what nature gave you.

If you have a severe toothache or know you need a root canal, and you’d like to experience contemporary, customized patient care, it’s time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sokol at Village Green Dentistry. Our Lincolnshire dental office is conveniently located for patients who live in the Chicago North Shore suburbs of Lake Forest, Buffalo Grove, Vernon Hills, Libertyville, and surrounding areas.