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The Root of the Matter: Keep Your Teeth

dental tool with extracted tooth, root canals can stop the pain

Most people think getting a root canal is a pain, but it can be the opposite, and there is good reason to appreciate them.

According to the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), May is “Save Your Tooth Month,” the second week of May is Root Canal Awareness Week and Root Canal Awareness Day is Wednesday, May 12. That’s a lot of appreciation for a process that most people associate with pain. The truth is, a root canal is how you stop the pain — and that’s worth celebrating.


What Could Be Good About a Root Canal?

We can think of several things!


Stop the Pain

First, while the process can be uncomfortable, that’s only a brief few moments. The root canal is actually eliminating the pain and the problem by removing the infected tissue and the nerve from the tooth while leaving the structure of the tooth intact. If you want to learn more about the procedure, check out our article, How Are Root Canals Performed?


Stop the Damage

Second, although some people think they can ride out the pain and let the infection heal on its own, unfortunately, that doesn’t usually happen. Pain can be deceptive. Sometimes it goes away, but that’s because the nerve at the root of the tooth actually dies. At that point, you aren’t feeling the pain, but the problem is still there and can lead to even worse problems with abscesses and even bone loss.


Save a Tooth

Finally, once you get past a certain point, there’s no alternative but to extract the tooth, bringing even more challenges. Then you have to worry about how to keep your teeth in alignment with one missing, whether to fill the gap with a bridge or implant and what to do if you’re worried people will notice it when you smile.


A Healthy Alternative

As much as we can appreciate the value of a root canal, there is one alternative we fully support. You can probably guess — prevention! And you can guess the prescription, too — great oral hygiene, including these familiar tips:

  1. Brush at least twice a day
  2. Floss at least once a day
  3. Visit us for a cleaning twice a year
  4. Avoid sweets, especially hard and sticky candies and other foods that can crack your teeth
  5. Call us at the first sign of trouble (sensitivity, pain, swelling, etc.)


What To Do If You Need a Root Canal?

If you’ve heard from us, another dentist, or an endodontist that you need a root canal, don’t panic or wait. We’ll take good care of you throughout the process and make it as quick and painless as possible.

You can contact us anytime. To schedule your visit now, fill out this form, or call our office at 815-886-0875.




Selena Nunez
Selena Nunez
October 22, 2022.

Hands down the best dental office to receive your dental and cosmetic needs. The staff is always very friendly and welcoming. It’s also so nice knowing that they have 3 amazing doctors on staff who know their craft. No matter which provider you see, you just know you’re in great hands. My last visit was with Dr. Sheikh for Botox. She’s very thorough and has a keen eye for detail. I’m two weeks out from my Botox treatment and let me just say, my skin has never felt so smooth or looked as radiant as it does now. Always a pleasure visiting Dr. Sheikh!

Victoria esposito
Victoria esposito
October 2, 2022.

Please look no further! This entire office has their act together. I’ve been seeing Dr Sheikh and she is so patient and gentle.She is also a perfectionist and listens to your concerns and delivers options. I’ve also seen Dr Nina and Dr Patel and certainly no complaints with either of them. I’ve had 3 crowns and numerous fillings and no problems with any of the work. Thanks for building my complete confidence!

Nancy Sauer
Nancy Sauer
September 29, 2022.

Today I had a great visit at Romeoville Dental! Anna and Jaime are wonderful, and so is Dr. Nina. The desk staff are very welcoming. It's always so enjoyable to come here.

Daniel Gonzalez
Daniel Gonzalez
September 28, 2022.

Excelente servicio

Neshelle Baker
Neshelle Baker
September 25, 2022.

I love Romeoville Dental Center! I’ve been here about 4 times and had a different hygienist and dentist each time. The entire team is amazing, every single person has always been caring, gentle and friendly. I highly recommend.

Gianna Munoz
Gianna Munoz
September 24, 2022.

By far the best dentist office I’ve been to. I love the patient care and the whole staff.

Phyllis Lanphear
Phyllis Lanphear
September 24, 2022.

The office staff and dentists are just awesome!! They take time to talk with you and make you feel so comfortable.