A root canal is a dental procedure that can be used to save a tooth after it has experienced significant decay, cracks, or infection. Naperville Family Dental provides patients with expedient root canal procedures as needed to help them retain their natural teeth whenever possible.
The root canal procedure involves the painless removal of the infected or inflamed tissue inside a tooth’s root. These tissues aren’t essential for speaking or eating, and they are likely to become infected and painful when a tooth is significantly decayed or broken. Removing the tissue prevents that from happening. Root canal treatment is an endodontic service that Dr. Jonker offers in his dental office.
Dr. Jonker will access the pulp of the affected tooth to remove the tissue completely using a specialized instrument. Once the tissue has been removed, the dentist will seal the tooth to prevent it from becoming infected in the future.
Tooth decay and cracks can be identified during routine check-ups. When caught early, problems can often be addressed with fillings or crowns. However, if tooth decay isn’t detected and continues to progress, it can eventually reach the pulp inside the tooth. When this happens, a root canal is typically the only viable option that can still save the tooth.
Root canals are highly effective in saving decayed or broken teeth, with most patients who undergo the procedure not experiencing any future issues.
Dr. Jonker and the team at Naperville Family Dental are ready to meet all of your dental needs. If you’re suffering from increased sensitivity or pain, contact us today to schedule an examination. We will determine what the cause is and provide you with the best dental treatment options, whether that means a root canal or other procedures.
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