Tooth and gum decay does not necessarily need to result in removal of any teeth. In many cases, you can stop decay and keep your tooth with root canal therapy. In short, a root canal can preserve a decaying tooth. In Elk Gove Village, IL, root canals can be performed by Dr. Mark Klein or Dr. Sharon Poczatek, the experienced dentists at Village Dental.Root Canal TherapyThe goal of root canal therapy is to preserve an existing tooth rather than having to replace it. In the center of a healthy tooth is a soft tissue called pulp that extends down into the tooth root. When the pulp becomes infected, an abscess can develop below the tooth root. When this occurs, the tooth can be either removed and replaced or repaired via root canal therapy. Causes of infection in the pulp of the tooth include tooth decay, injury or trauma to the tooth.A root canal procedure is very similar to the process of filling a cavity. While performing a root canal, the dentist will remove the infected pulp, clean the interior of the tooth, fill the tooth and seal it. In many cases, a crown can be placed as a cap on top of the affected tooth in order to prevent further decay. Your Elk Grove Village, IL, dentist can determine if adding a crown afterward is the best option for you. Upon successful completion of a root canal, a patient can again enjoy normal tooth function, including chewing with the affected tooth.The American Association of Endodontists cites several advantages to having root canal therapy done. A root canal can help restore normal function to a tooth and it helps alleviate the strain previously imposed on the surrounding tooth that had to compensate for the affected tooth. Once normal tooth function returns, patients can chew and bite into foods normally. An additional benefit of root canal therapy is that a patient gets to keep the original tooth and maintain a natural appearance without artificial replacement teeth.A root canal is an effective method for stopping tooth decay and restoring normal tooth function. To schedule a root canal in Elk Grove Village, IL, contact Village Dental at (847) 496-4340.