Root Canal Arlington Heights, IL

Root Canal An Overview

Root canal therapy is often the best way to preserve a natural tooth and prevent further damage to your smile. Dr. Brent Engelberg and Dr. Jennifer Mullarkey will choose to save a natural tooth with root canal therapy whenever possible because it provides many benefits for long-term dental health.

For many patients, the root canal procedure is an anxiety-causing event. Root canal therapy, however, is often the best way to preserve a natural tooth and prevent further damage to your smile.

"My dentist for 25 to 30 years was Dr. William Uhler. Bill eventually retired and sold his practice to Dr. Engelberg. Initially, I thought, " What the heck am I going to do if I have a tooth ache; if all my crowns, bridges and implants decide to retire with Dr. Uhler"? Well folks, enter Brent A. Engelberg, D.D.S.. My teeth and gums have a new friend, a super-pro who knows exactly what he is doing. His procedural technique is always accompanied by calming explanation. Indeed, this fits with his personality: caring, tolerant, perceptive and really empathetic. DR. Brent's staff, well, their marvelous too! Thank you, Dr. larry j. Powitz"Larry P.
"I have always mistrusted Dentist's in the past from some bad experiences. This office is the best ever. Words cannot describe how good it is. You just have to try it. Dr. Engelberg and staff will never try to "upsell" if you don't need it. I have told my friends to go, and if they aren't satisfied, I would pay for their appointment. That's how confident I am about this practice."Glenn C.
"I have ONLY gone to this dentist my entire life (before Engelberg was Uhler). Dr. Engelberg is a great dentist and even better guy! I will be a patient for life because not only are the dentist great, but my dental hygenist Pam is THE best! See ya in FEB!"Matt G.
"I have been going to Dr. Engelberg since Dr. Uhler retired. I have only had positive experiences with him and have found his work and care to be of highest quality. My questions are always answered and I feel very safe and comfortable during all my visits. I find him to be very up to date with the latest in dentistry and knowledgable regarding new techniques and devices that would help my teeth. He is easy to talk to and I enjoy speaking with him."Roberta Z.
"Everyone is super friendly and the chairs even have massages in them! Truly a one of a kind dentist office, always have a very nice experience."Erica S.
"Dear Brent, As a busy home inspector it is sometimes difficult to find the time to maintain my oral hygiene. The flexible hours and electronic follow-up your office provides makes it much easier for me to schedule and keep appointments without having to worry about losing an inspection. After a recent visit, I received an e-mail notice the other day to complete a survey regarding my experience. Instead of filling out the survey, I thought it would be more beneficial to let you know that my visit on December 11 was quite pleasant. Laura did a great job of making me feel relaxed as she turned on the chair back massager. My blood pressure is usually 150/90 when I walk into your office, this time it was 124/70. She took extra time to update my x-rays and then started to work cleaning my teeth. She kept me advised or her progress, was very gentle and before I knew it, she was finished. She even complimented me on the positive results of my flossing. What a way to start the day. You have a great staff doc and your chairside manner isn’t too shabby either. The professionalism you demonstrate clearly filters down to your staff; it makes it easy for me to send them your way when someone needs your expertise."Thomas M.

Root Canal What to Expect

The root canal procedure involves removing the diseased tissue, called “pulp”, from inside of the tooth. The dentist will disinfect the tooth and fill it with a biocompatible material. The tooth is then sealed using a dental crown or filling to prevent future infection and provide long-term stability.

A root canal is generally no more painful than having a filling placed. The pain caused by a root canal actually comes from the infection and pressure inside the tooth. Having a root canal procedure will relieve the pain and restore the tooth.

To strengthen a tooth after root canal therapy, Dr. Engelberg or Dr. Mullarkey may recommend the use of a dental crown. Custom-fit and color-matched to your natural teeth, a dental crown fits around the tooth like a cap and will support the long-term health of the tooth.

Root Canal FAQs

How many days off of work do you need after a root canal?

It is recommended that patients take off at least one day after having a root canal. This means that the day following your root canal, you do not work, and rest instead. The more rest you get directly after your procedure, the quicker your recovery and healing process will be. Some more physically intensive jobs may require a bit more time, but the amount of time taken after a root canal is up to the discretion of each patient.

Do I need antibiotics after a root canal?

In some cases dentists will prescribe antibiotics after a root canal, but only if they feel it is necessary. More often than not patients take nothing more than an OTC pain medication after a root canal. Some medical conditions may cause concern for infection and issues post-operation. In these cases, patients may be prescribed an antibiotic.

Is throbbing pain after root canal normal?

Some throbbing, swelling, and discomfort are entirely normal after a root canal. This may last anywhere between 2-3 days. It is recommended to avoid chewing with the tooth that was worked on to give it time to recover. Keeping your head elevated can help stop throbbing pains.