Root Canals

Wauconda Dental Excellence

Manuel Rodriguez, DDS

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Wauconda, IL

A root canal is a tooth-saving procedure that eliminates pain and stops the progression of decay. At Wauconda Dental Excellence, experienced dentist Dr. Manuel J. Rodriguez provides this endodontic treatment to residents of Wauconda, Illinois and the surrounding area. If you have pain or swelling that suggests you might need a root canal, don’t hesitate to call the office for an appointment or use the online booking agent.

Root Canals Q & A

What makes a root canal necessary?

Deep inside each tooth, you have pulp, which contains blood vessels, connective tissue, and a nerve cell. When this pulp becomes infected or inflamed, you may need a root canal. If left untreated, the infection can develop into an abscess, and the tooth will eventually require extraction.

The infection in the pulp of your tooth may be a result of bacteria and decay, but trauma to the tooth or extensive dental work can also cause damage that requires root canal treatment.

What symptoms suggest I might need a root canal?

Tooth pain is a common sign that you might have a deep infection and need a root canal. Telltale signs include:

  • Pain that’s dull or quite severe
  • The intensity of the pain changes throughout the day and may worsen when you bite with the infected tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Gum swelling around the affected tooth

Why should I consider a root canal?

A root canal is not the cause of your pain; the symptoms that indicate you need a root canal are. A root canal actually alleviates pain. It prevents the need for a tooth extraction, which comes with a host of problems such as shifts in your bite, changes in your appearance, and the need for expensive implants or bridges.

What should I expect during a root canal?

During a root canal procedure, Dr. Rodriguez first numbs the treatment area. He then thoroughly cleans the dead and dying pulp tissue from inside your tooth passageways. Dr. Rodriguez disinfects the channels and fills it with a biocompatible material. He then seals the tooth with an adhesive cement to prevent future infection.

At another appointment, Dr. Rodriguez applies a crown or other restoration over the top of the treated tooth to return it to full function. The crown also protects and strengthens the treated tooth.

What are the side effects of a root canal?

You may have a bit of sensitivity or tenderness for a few days following your root canal procedure. Dr. Rodriguez usually recommends over-the-counter pain relievers to help ease your discomfort, but he may prescribe pain medication if necessary. You may need to temporarily avoid biting down on hard foods with the treated tooth.

Tooth pain can be a sign of a deep infection that requires a root canal. Contact Wauconda Dental Excellence for an evaluation immediately — call or book online.