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Most everyone’s heard of a root canal, but not everyone knows exactly what’s involved in performing one.

Root canals are performed on damaged or infected teeth that still have a chance of being saved. Dr. Amanda Lewis will make the recommendation on whether you should have a root canal or the affected tooth extracted based upon their evaluation.

When do you need a root canal?

A root canal is needed when your pulp – the soft tissue containing the blood vessels and nerves inside your teeth – is inflamed or infected. If you don’t take care of damaged pulp, it can lead to an abscessed tooth, which is an incredibly painful procedure.

How does it work?

Dr. Amanda Lewis will very carefully remove the infected and inflamed pulp from inside your tooth. Afterwards, the space left by the removed pulp will be filled. You’ll come back to the dentist at a later date to receive a crown that will make your tooth function – and look – just like it did before the root canal.

Does it hurt?

One of the most common questions regarding root canals is whether or not they hurt. During the procedure itself, you won’t feel any pain. However, afterwards you should expect to feel some discomfort for a few days. If sharp pains last longer than that, you need to talk to Dr. Amanda Lewis immediately.

If you have any tooth pain that’s lingered for some time now, you should have Dr. Amanda Lewis examine the tooth and see if any infection is present. You can contact us at 217.877.1742 to schedule an appointment.