Root Canals

QUALITY ROOT CANALS IN CHARLOTTE NC

Root canal treatment has the potential to save a tooth that has become severely decayed or infected. During the procedure, the damaged area of inner tooth (pulp) is removed and the area is cleaned, disinfected, filled, and sealed. Failure to treat an infected or damaged tooth can result in abscesses, which are pockets of pus in a tooth caused by a bacterial infection. Our Charlotte, NC dental office is proud to provide our patients with high-quality root canal therapy in a safe, professional environment.

WHAT ARE THE PRIMARY CAUSES OF AN INFECTED PULP?

Inside a tooth, under the outer white enamel, is a hard layer of tooth called dentin. Under the dentin is a softer tissue called pulp. The pulp of a tooth contains tiny blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves, which aid in tooth development. When a tooth becomes fully formed as an adult, the pulp can be safely removed as a mature tooth can be nourished solely by the tissues surrounding it. The pulp of a tooth can become infected for a number of reasons, including:

  • Deep cavity
  • Broken or cracked tooth
  • Repeated dental procedures
  • Injury to the tooth

WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A ROOT CANAL?

Root canals are a routine procedure that are relatively painful due to the use of a local anesthetic. Before a root canal is performed, the dentist will take an digital x-ray of your mouth to examine the area of decay or trauma. During the procedure, a local anesthetic is administered to the affected tooth, which leaves the area numb. Next, an opening is made in the tooth to remove the diseased pulp, and clean and disinfect the opening. Finally, the area is filled with material and sealed off to prevent another infection.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SAVING A NATURAL TOOTH?

Whenever possible, it’s usually better to save your natural tooth. There are numerous advantages to keeping your natural teeth, including more efficient chewing, normal biting sensation and force, and a more natural looking smile. For more information about root canal therapy or to schedule an appointment with our Charlotte General Dentist.