Dr. Won Sung, DDS

Why do I need a root canal?

Root canal diagram | Dentist Elgin ILIt’s common to experience some sensitivity to cold, hot, sweet, and pressure from chewing. When the sensitivity becomes more intense (like sharp pain), lingering, and continuous, it means the nerve in your tooth is very inflamed and infected.

This is called irreversible pulpitis, and we need to perform a root canal to eliminate the pain. Without treatment, the pain will continue and increase, and we may need to remove the tooth to provide relief.

When the pulp inside the tooth is infected, a root canal is necessary. During the procedure, Dr. Sung gently clears away any damaged tissue, then carefully cleans and seals the tooth. We may just need to fill the tooth after root canal treatment, but in most cases, we’ll recommend a dental crown to protect and strengthen the tooth.

Comfortable Root Canals

We make every effort to keep you comfortable during your root canal. Aside from our gentle approach, we offer mild nitrous oxide sedation to help keep you calm during your procedure. Nitrous oxide doesn’t produce any lingering after-effects, so you’ll be able to resume your normal activities, and you won’t need a designated driver.

If you’re in pain or suspect you may need a root canal, please contact our Elgin office as soon as possible. The sooner we get you in for treatment, the sooner we can help you get relief.

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