Preparing For Your Root Canal

General Dentist Arlington HeightsDr. Engelberg is an experienced general dentist offering root canals in our Arlington Heights dentist office. Many patients experience dental anxiety when preparing for an upcoming root canal. However, it’s important to know that many changes have been made in modern dentistry that make the root canal procedure much more comfortable than it used to be. Learn how to prepare for a successful root canal below:

Understanding Root Canals

Root canals are necessary to correct teeth that have been severely impacted by dental decay or damage to the extent that it has begun to inflame or infect the tooth’s pulp. For example, if a patient visits our office who hasn’t sought out dental care in a while, they are likely to be suffering from advanced dental decay that cannot be corrected by a simple dental filling. Often, they are also suffering from symptoms like tooth pain, swollen gums, or increased sensitivity in the affected area. For patients with a cracked tooth from an injury, a deep cavity, or issues from a previous filling, we will often recommend a root canal to fully restore the tooth while also saving as much of its natural structure as possible.

The Root Canal Procedure

The root canal procedure is done all while the patient is numbed with a local anesthetic, meaning you should not expect to experience any pain or discomfort.  You will remain numb for 2-4 hours following the procedure. Once you are completely numbed, the dentist will isolate the affected area using a dental dam. Then, using very small instruments, they will remove the pulp within your root canals and replace them with a biocompatible material that seals the tooth and helps prevent further infection. A filling is placed on top of the tooth for additional protection. If you have any questions about the root canal procedure, feel free to contact our Arlington Heights dentist office prior to your appointment to learn more about what to expect.

Keep Calm In The Dental Chair

It’s common to experience dental anxiety when going in for an unfamiliar procedure. This is why we encourage our patients to ask questions and research what to expect so they are fully informed. Additionally, patients with dental anxiety may benefit from the use of additional sedation dentistry solutions. Talk to your dentist is learn more about your sedation dentistry options. Dr. Engelberg offers nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” to help patients to feel completely relaxed during treatment while also remaining awake and cooperative. Additionally, you may find it helpful to bring along a pair of headphones and your favorite music to listen to while we are working on your smile. If you suspect you may need a root canal or other dental services, schedule an appointment with our Arlington Heights dentist office today.