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Root Canal Treatment

Our teeth, like many other organs in the human body, are more complex than what meets the eye. We usually only think of what we see above the gum line when it comes to teeth.

Anatomy of a Tooth

Teeth are anchored into the jaw by roots and are composed of layers:

  1. Enamel. It’s harder than bone and one of the hardest substances on Earth. Tooth enamel protects the inner layers of the tooth and withstands daily wear and tear.
  2. Dentin. The dentin layer is porous and lies between the enamel and pulp. It is a conduit between the protective enamel and the innermost part of the tooth.
  3. Pulp. The tooth’s innermost chamber is the pulp. It’s a soft, nerve-filled tissue that is a liaison between the jaw, the body, and the tooth itself.

Root Canal

Roots are the stability of a tree. The foundation is the strength of a house. It’s the same concept with teeth. When teeth roots are infected, it causes pain and unrest. If decay has eaten all the way through the enamel and dentin and reached the tooth’s pulp, we recommend root canal therapy. The procedure is performed to halt the spread of infection and pain and save the tooth. Avoiding root canal therapy when it’s necessary could result in the need for a tooth extraction.

Root canal therapy is performed by getting down to the root of the tooth and cleaning out the decay. Then the hollowed out and newly cleaned canal is filled with a pink, rubbery material below the gum line and regular dental filling above it. You may feel some soreness after the procedure, but the toothache you had will be gone, as the infection has been removed. Most dentists suggest a crown on a tooth after root canal therapy because it’s more brittle, especially if it’s a back tooth.

It Doesn’t Have to Hurt Anymore

Many wince at the mention of the word root canal, as they have the mythical reputation for being lengthy and painful. We assure you that those days are long gone. In reality, root canal therapy patients are given local anesthesia to minimize discomfort, and we also offer laughing gas or other sedation options for further relaxation. We do our best to make root canal therapy as painless as possible.

Our Happy Patients

"Dr. Patel and his staff were all awesome! I was living in the Lisle area for the summer from Utah and needed a lot of work done in a short amount of time. Dr Patel was always friendly and compassionate. He did a great job. I only wish he was here in Utah! Highly recommend!!"

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"I've really enjoyed going to Dr. Patel's office since moving to the suburbs. I would recommend him to anyone. His staff is courteous and makes scheduling easy. He is complimentary, gentle, and really shows a lot of care for your dental health and smile satisfaction. After searching for a local dentist for a while, I'm very happy with my choice to go to Advanced Lisle Dental."

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"Dr. Patel and his entire team is fabulous!!! They are knowledgeable, personable, and the medical expertise by Dr. Patel literally puts a smile on your face :) I have had a lot of dental work done and still need a lot more done and I would highly recommend Dr. Patel and his staff to family, friends, and anybody I know!"

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