Elmhurst root canal dentist answers common patient questions about the root canal treatment process

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Jul 30, 2013

Many patients are afraid of root canal therapy, but few of these patients really understand what is involved with root canal treatment. Our Elmhurst root canal dentists are here to help you better understand what is involved with this important dental procedure. We are answering real patient questions today, so read on to learn more!

Q: What does root canal therapy do anyway?

A: The purpose of root canal treatment is to restore and save a tooth that is damaged down to the dental core. Your tooth may become damaged due to infections and dental cavities. You may also require root canal therapy if you fracture your tooth in an accident.

Q: How long does root canal therapy take?

A: Generally our dentist can complete root canal therapy in just one dental appointment. So you can get the healthy smile you need and then get on with your regular life in no time.

Q: How is my tooth after root canal treatment different than my tooth before treatment?

A: As part of root canal therapy, our dentist will remove the inner core of your tooth, including your dental roots. The inner core of your tooth is full of tissue, nerves, and blood vessels. Post-root canal your tooth will be filled with a synthetic dental material rather than the dental core tissues and nerves. By removing your damaged dental material, our dentist will save the structure of your tooth, and allow you to keep your natural smile intact.

Root canal therapy, thanks to modern dental technology, is now quicker and more comfortable than ever before. If you want to learn more about how this treatment works, or if you want to speak to our dental team, give our Elmhurst dentist office a call to get started. We look forward to speaking with you!