Root Canal Treatment – Schaumburg, IL

Saving Your Infected Teeth

Dentist providing a patient with root canal treatment in Schaumburg

A root canal procedure is performed when the soft tissue—also known as the pulp—inside of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. When the pulp becomes infected, it is usually caused by an untreated deep cavity or tooth fracture. Damaged or dead pulp causes blood and cellular activity to flow toward the infected area, which ultimately causes pain and a need for urgent dental care. Most patients in need of root canal treatment in Schaumburg experience pain when biting down, chewing, and/or ingesting hot or cold foods and drinks.

The Importance of Root Canals

Model of tooth showing the root canals inside of it

The goal of a root canal procedure is to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed. This is a much better alternative than extracting the tooth. Tooth extractions may seem like a simpler solution on paper, but the void left behind by the extracted tooth needs to be filled; otherwise, teeth can shift. It is much easier to save an existing tooth than it is to add a dental implant or bridge.

What Happens During a Root Canal?

Illustrated dental instrument cleaning the inside of a tooth during root canal treatment

During a root canal procedure, Dr. Dabah will save the tooth by cleaning out the diseased pulp and reshaping the canal. He will then fill the canal with a substance called gutta-percha to prevent recontamination of the tooth. Finally, he will seal the tooth, and you can return to normal chewing activities almost immediately following the procedure. Depending on the severity of your condition, most root canals can be performed in one dental office visit.