ROOT CANAL THERAPY
in the Triad of North Carolina
Save Your Tooth at Triad Cosmetic Dentistry
Suffering from tooth pain can become unbearable. When a cavity goes untreated, it can develop into an oral infection, causing you pain and other possible oral health complications. At Triad Cosmetic Dentistry, we go above and beyond to ensure every patient gets the dental care they need and help ease any pain they’re experiencing.
If you’ve developed an oral infection, our Triad dentists provide root canal therapy to put an end to your discomfort, save your tooth from extraction, and restore your oral health.
This video shows you how root canal therapy can save a tooth with damaged or infected nerves and restore its natural function.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is a restorative treatment used to save a severely infected tooth. Tooth infections typically develop due to untreated cavities, causing bacteria to reach the central layer of the tooth. The center of the tooth is called the pump chamber, which is home to sensitive nerve endings that cause severe pain once infected. When the infection reaches this far, the entire tooth is at risk.
With the help of root canal therapy, your Triad dentist will remove the infected tissue and save the health of your tooth. After your treatment, the pain will subside, and your oral health will be restored.
Your teeth contain multiple layers:
- Enamel — the outer protective layer
- Dentin — a secondary layer of sensitive dentin
- Pulp — 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 root canals provide a means for the tooth to absorb what it needs from the blood and get rid of toxins or unnecessary material in the bloodstream.
A deep cavity, traumatic injury, or tooth fracture can make the canal susceptible to a bacterial infection, which can kill the pulp, increase blood flow, and create pressure within the tooth. This can cause severe tooth pain and may initiate bone degeneration, tooth loss, and even more pain. If you see your dentist in the earlier stages of this condition, the tooth can be saved with root canal therapy. Otherwise, it should be extracted and replaced with a prosthetic.
Signs of Infection
There are many signs and symptoms that may indicate you’re suffering from an oral infection. Call our Archdale dental office to schedule an appointment if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Consistent severe tooth pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Hot and cold temperature sensitivities
- Tender or swollen gums
- Discoloration or darkening of a tooth
The Root Canal Treatment Process
Before your procedure, your Triad dentist will apply a local anesthetic to your infected tooth and the area surrounding it, ensuring you won’t feel any pain. Once your tooth is numb, we’ll create a small opening, removing the infected tissue. Then, we’ll fill the empty chamber with a special dental resin that will help protect against future infections.
After your tooth has been thoroughly cleaned and filled, your dentist will reseal it and place a customized porcelain crown on top. The crown is natural-looking and will improve the strength of your tooth, preserving its health and appearance for many years to come.
Root Canal Therapy Aftercare
Following your root canal treatment, you can expect some soreness of the tooth and your gums once the local anesthetic wears off. You may also experience swollen gums, which is normal. You can ease discomfort and swelling with over-the-counter pain medications and cold compresses. You should be able to resume normal activities the day after your procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does root canal therapy take?
In most cases, root canal therapy takes around 90 minutes per tooth. Depending on the extent of your infection, our Triad team can typically complete your treatment in just one appointment at our Archdale office.
It’s important to know that treatment times do vary per patient. Certain factors will affect how long your root canal treatment takes such as the state of your oral health and the number of teeth that are infected. At your initial consultation, your Triad dentist will provide you with a detailed breakdown of your treatment and an estimated timeline.
How much does root canal treatment cost?
The cost of your root canal treatment will vary depending on the severity of your infection and your insurance coverage. Before your treatment, we recommend reaching out to your insurance provider to get a more detailed explanation of your coverage.
Our Triad dental team also provides financing options to ensure each patient gets the care they need. If you have any questions about our financing plans or the cost of your treatment, call our Archdale office at (336) 434-3186 where one of our knowledgeable team members will be happy to assist you.
Does root canal therapy hurt?
No! Root canal therapy is virtually painless and won’t cause too much discomfort. Your Triad dentist will apply a local anesthetic before your treatment to ensure you feel comfortable and relaxed. Our team will discuss your sedation options with you at your initial consultation. To schedule your consultation, call Triad Cosmetic Dentistry at (336) 434-3186.
How can you tell if a tooth is dead?
A dead tooth is often noticeable as it starts to change color. The tooth’s blood supply 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 important to contact your dentist for help. You can call our Archdale office at (336) 434-3186 and we’ll get you in to examine your tooth as soon as possible.
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
You don’t have to live with tooth pain every day. If you’re suffering from an oral infection, it’s important to see your dentist as soon as possible. At Triad Cosmetic Dentistry, our team provides root canal therapy to help rid your infection and restore your oral health. To schedule your appointment with our Triad team, call our Archdale office at (336) 434-3186. You can also fill out our online form and we’ll get back to you shortly.
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