Root canals are the most common endodontic treatment. More than 15 million root canals are performed every year, according to the American Association of Endodontists. Although this is a relatively routine procedure, quite a few myths and misconceptions about root canals still persist.
The team at Brett Blacher, DDS wants to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about root canals because it’s important for us to be a resource for patients in Lombard.
1. Are Root Canals Painful And Invasive?
No! Using modern tools and techniques, Dr. Blacher performs root canals that are minimally-invasive. In fact, the process is quite similar to having a cavity filled.
Here’s how it works: First, Dr. Blacher cleans your teeth. Then, the tooth is numbed and isolated with a dental dam. He will then remove any decayed tooth enamel, and create a tiny opening in the tooth.
The infected tooth pulp will be removed from the interior of your tooth and the area will be cleaned and sanitized. Dr. Blacher will fill the empty area left behind with a special rubbery substance called “gutta percha”. Then, the tooth is permanently capped or filled to protect it from further damage.
2. Are There Alternatives To Root Canal Therapy?
A tooth that is severely infected will eventually decay and fall out if the damage isn’t treated with a root canal. You could opt to have your infected tooth extracted. However, this is not an ideal choice because losing a tooth has serious health consequences, and replacing it with a denture, dental bridge, or dental implant is almost always more expensive than having root canal therapy.
3. How Long Does A Root Canal Take?
This depends on the tooth and the extent of the infection. Usually, the process only takes 1-2 hours. You may also need to schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure that your tooth is healing properly. Dr. Blacher will give you the details of your personalized procedure during your appointment.
4. Do I Need A Root Canal If I Don’t Have A Toothache?
In some cases, you may have an infected tooth that does not result in a toothache, or your toothache may go away. However, this does not mean that your infection has been resolved. You will still need root canal therapy to ensure the integrity of your tooth.
5. Can I Be Sedated For A Root Canal?
Yes. At our office, we offer both inhaled sedation (laughing gas) and oral sedation, for your comfort. Note that if you choose oral sedation, you will not be able to drive yourself home because the effects will not wear off immediately after your treatment, so you should make suitable transportation arrangements.
Come In For A Consultation Today!
If you think that you may have an infected tooth, and suspect that root canal therapy is the right option for you, call us today! At our office, Dr. Blacher specializes in pain-free dentistry. With our caring and informative approach, you don’t have to feel anxious or intimidated. Root canal therapy is fast, affordable, and it will keep your teeth healthy. Give us a call at (630) 916-0701, or visit our office at 450 E 22nd St, #201, Lombard, IL 60148 to make an appointment.