A root canal is a type of procedure that removes the inner pulp of one or more of your teeth. Each tooth has a small pulp inside which houses the nerves and blood supply. When this pulp becomes infected by decay or has been left exposed through a crack or fracture, you’re left with a painful tooth that’s sensitive to hot and cold liquids. A root canal involves removing this pulp and keeping the overall structure of the tooth.
Our Chicago dentists can perform an examination to determine if you’ll need a root canal. Oftentimes, we’ll take and look at x-rays to see how far down the decay has gone and whether or not it’s been able to reach the pulp. Our goal is to offer you treatment as soon as possible to prevent and eliminate the pain that you’re experiencing. Root canals are incredibly common and nothing to be afraid of when visiting our downtown Chicago dental office.