Learn more about root canal therapy with Glen Carbon, IL, dentist
Patients of the Glen Carbon, IL area, dealing with a toothache may be unsure what is causing the pain and discomfort. In some cases, cavities can reach the tooth’s nerves and cause sensitivity and pain that can keep patients up at night. Alternatively, pain can be caused by damage to the tooth or an infection inside of the tooth. In many situations, patients with a toothache in the area are encouraged to contact Kellerman Dental to properly diagnose their condition and determine if they need root canal therapy.
What is root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy is a procedure that a dentist performs to alleviate the pain caused by damage to the dental pulp inside the tooth canals. This dental pulp includes the blood supply and nerves that give the sensation of pain when impacted. During root canal therapy, the dentist accesses the tooth’s inner area to remove the dental pulp and fill the canals with a material known as gutta-percha. The tooth is sealed with composite resin bonding and then covered with a dental crown on top for added strength and protection.
Root Canal Therapy at Kellerman Dental
Hi, I’m Dr. Kevin Kellerman with Kellerman Dental in Glen Carbon, IL.
Today, I want to talk to you about root canals.
When you hear that people tend to cringe and shy away, I don’t blame you.
But the truth is that a root canal is a painless procedure done very easily and quickly.
When is root canal therapy needed?
If your tooth is hurting very badly, keeping you awake at night.
If you’re unable to drink hot or cold water or unable to chew, then there’s a chance that the tooth is infected and the nerve of the tooth needs to be removed.
What is the process of root canal therapy?
We remove the nerve of a tooth by performing a root canal.
We numb the tooth, so you’re comfortable with the entire procedure.
A root canal typically takes 20 to 30 minutes, and when it’s completed, your tooth is pain-free, and you feel much better.
Call us or visit us at Kellerman Dental to experience a pain-free root canal treatment.
Do root canals hurt?
It’s a common misconception that root canal procedures are painful. In fact, pain is what often leads patients to need root canal therapy, and when performed with proper anesthetic and sedation, patients won’t feel a thing! After the root canal is completed, post-care instructions will be given by the dentist. Care should be done as directed with the aftercare instructions given by the dentist.
What are the benefits of root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy has several advantages. This procedure can:
Keep the dentist from needing to remove a permanent adult tooth
Provide a solution to infection or toothaches
Be an affordable alternative to the removal and replacement of natural teeth
Be performed without pain or discomfort with anesthetics and sedation
Learn more about root canal therapy
If you are interested to learn more about root canal treatment, call us today at (618) 228-3100. We are open to new patients and families around Troy, Maryville, Granite City, Collinsville, Glen Carbon, and Edwardsville, IL.
Dr. Kevin Kellerman is an alumnus of Pinckneyville Community High School, Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, and SIUE School of Dental Medicine from where he obtained his doctorate.
A full-time dental practitioner, he also lectures on various topics. He is affiliated with many professional bodies including the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Orthodontic Society, Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Association, and the Glen Carbon/Edwardsville Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Kellerman and team are known for higher levels of service and patient care and for utilizing advanced technologies in treatments. He also participates in community projects and believes in giving back to the community that he serves.