Root Canal Therapy in Harvard, IL

dental-icons-16Toothaches might not seem like a big deal in comparison to other health problems, but they might leave you distracted all day as you try to relieve the pain. As you rush to find painkillers and apply ice, your professional and domestic responsibilities might suffer as a result. Nor will you feel comfortable and content in the meantime.

Let the experienced team at Family Dentistry of Woodstock come to your rescue with one or more root canals. Harvard, IL and Marengo, IL residents are welcome to visit us at our Woodstock office as well. We’ll erase your pain quickly and compassionately. We think of our patients as our friends, so we’ll make your experience not only comfortable, but fun as well. We hope you’ll feel at home while we serve you.

Why Do You Have Tooth Pain?

Toothaches arise for many reasons, but you’ll need a root canal if you have a deep cavity or a crack that goes through your tooth. These injuries expose the sensitive dentin and pulp underneath your teeth’s enamel. And when the pulp becomes exposed, the bacteria in your mouth infect it, causing damage and inflammation. The pulp often dies, leading to increased cellular activity and pressure.

How Does a Root Canal Help?

During the root canal procedure, your dentist will open the tooth, clean out the pulp, and reshape the canal the pulp previously occupied. He or she will then fill the canal with a rubbery substance, sealing the tooth against further infection and contamination. Once your tooth heals, your dentist will seal it with a cap or crown. The cap looks and functions just like a natural tooth.

What Happens Afterward?

You may experience some soreness after the procedure, but over-the-counter analgesics can easily manage your pain. We’ll also monitor how your tissue heals. In the meantime, brush and floss regularly, pressing gently around the affected tooth. Avoid hard foods until you heal as well.

Call us at 815.338.0690 to schedule an appointment for a root canal. Our Harvard, IL; Marengo, IL; and Woodstock, IL friends and neighbors are our first priority, and we’ll do everything we can to bring you relief.