If the inside of your tooth (the pulp) has become badly decayed or infected, it may be time for a root canal. You’ll likely need a root canal if you experience serious teeth pain when eating or put pressure on the area, or when you feel prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold stimuli. However, sometimes, there are no advance symptoms.

Root canals have gotten a bum rap. Today, thanks to modern endodontic treatment, the procedure is largely pain-free—not dissimilar to what you may feel during a routine filling. Your Elmhurst Dental endodontist will remove the affected pulp, clean and shape the inside of the root canal, and then fill and seal the space, readying it for a crown or other restoration. All of this can be accomplished in as little as one visit.