Endodontic / Root Canal Therapy
Many people hear “root canal” and immediately panic. But if you knew how crucial this procedure is to preserving your tooth’s structure, you may see it in a different light. At Triad Cosmetic Dentistry, we use modern, comfortable root canals to treat inflamed nerve tissue within a decaying tooth, relieve your pain, and stop infection from spreading.
After we carefully remove the nerve tissue, we fill the interior of the tooth to keep the structure intact. Special patient comfort measures, such as anti-anxiety medications and local anesthesia, make root canals just another dental visit. You can be sure that our gentle and compassionate staff will make your experience pleasant and rewarding.
Your teeth contain several layers: the outer protective enamel, a secondary layer of sensitive dentin, and an inner pulp that contains components commonly referred to as the “nerve” of the tooth. Each pulp chamber branches off, forming canals that lead toward the tooth root tip. These infamous root canals provide a means for the tooth to absorb what it needs from the blood and get rid of toxins or other unnecessary materials via the bloodstream.
A deep cavity, traumatic injury, or tooth fracture can make the canal susceptible to bacterial infection, which can kill the pulp, stimulate increased blood flow, and create pressure within the tooth. This can cause severe tooth pain and may initiate bone degeneration, tooth loss, and even more acute pain. If you see a dentist in the earliest stages of this condition, the tooth may be saved with a root canal. Otherwise, it should be extracted and replaced with a prosthetic.
Easy Does It
Will root canal therapy hurt? Not with today’s advanced analgesics and technology. In fact, the entire process can be so comfortable that many patients doze off. Oftentimes, root canal therapy can be completed in a single appointment. We simply clean out the diseased canal, fill it with a biologically inert substance, seal it from further infection, and you’re on your way. While some patients experience post-procedural soreness or slight tissue inflammation, these are controllable with over-the-counter analgesics. Follow-up care involves thorough home hygiene and regular dental visits for cleanings and check-ups.
Please call (336) 434-3186 or email our Triad Cosmetic Dentistry Practice serving the Triad and all of Central NC today to learn more about how we can help you, and schedule your cosmetic dentistry appointment with us today!
Frequently Asked Questions
Root canal therapy doesn’t usually hurt. Though the procedure has a reputation for being painful, modern technology and techniques have vastly improved the patient experience. Most patients compare root canals to receiving a tooth filling.
At our office, we use the Anutra Local Anesthetic Delivery System. This innovative system makes local anesthesia more reliable and numbs the area almost immediately.
No, your tooth shouldn’t hurt for that long. Some pain and discomfort are normal after your procedure, but it usually goes away after a few days. This can normally be treated using over-the-counter pain medications.
If your tooth still hurts, especially if the pain is severe, there may be a complication with your procedure. Call our office at (336) 434-3186 so we can schedule an appointment for you so we can examine your tooth.
Root canal retreatment is a second treatment of a tooth that has previously received root canal therapy. Sometimes, the root structures of the tooth can be complex and make complete treatment difficult. If all structures aren’t cleared out, the infection can resurface.
If you require retreatment, the procedure will be very similar to the initial treatment. We try our very best to only have to complete one root canal therapy on a tooth by using comprehensive scans to map your root structure prior to the procedure.
A hot tooth is a severely infected tooth that’s extremely sensitive but doesn’t respond well to local anesthesia. These teeth can be very difficult to treat due to the amount of pain they cause. Though they can be hard to treat, we’ll do our very best to ensure your safety and comfort.
Our experienced dentists can work with you to try and find a solution to your infected tooth. Though it isn’t known why some teeth become infected this way, dentistry has developed some strategies for treating them.
A dead tooth is often noticeable because it starts to change color. The blood supply to the tooth has been cut off and the nerve is dying, so the tooth may turn brown, grey, or black. You’ll probably also feel severe pain as the nerve dies.
If you notice these signs, it’s very important to contact a dentist for help. You can call our office by dialing (336) 434-3186 and we’ll get you into our office to examine your tooth.
Most root canal procedures take around 90 minutes to complete, but they can take much longer. Some teeth may require more than one appointment to clear out all the infection. This can be necessary if you have a complicated root structure or a severe infection.
If your procedure is done in two appointments, our first priority is to relieve your pain. We’ll ensure the tooth is properly protected before you leave and until your next appointment. At your second appointment, we’ll thoroughly clean and disinfect the tooth, then place a more permanent protective measure.