Your dentist uttered the dreaded dental phrase. You need a root canal. Root canal therapy carries misconceptions and negativity, but the treatment actually saves the tooth with the removal of damaged material. Plus, a root canal relieves the pain and inflammation coming from the tooth. At Radiant Smiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer root canal treatment to patients in Pineville and the greater Charlotte area. Our goal is to treat and save your natural tooth while also relieving your pain.
A root canal is often the recommended treatment for a badly decayed or infected tooth. When a tooth is infected or decayed, pain is usually the first sign of a problem. Infections may be caused by decay, a chip or break in the tooth, or other tooth trauma. When the damage spreads to the pulp of the tooth where the blood supply and nerves are, it causes pain and sensitivity in and around the tooth.
An infected tooth will not magically heal or go away. It should be treated in a timely fashion to contain the damage, keep the infection from spreading throughout the mouth, and ease your discomfort. A root canal treats the infection and saves your natural tooth, thus protecting the health of your mouth.
If you are experiencing tooth pain or symptoms of an infection, call Radiant Smiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. An examination of the tooth, gums, and mouth is necessary to determine the extent of the problem.
A root canal is a routine procedure that can be performed in our Pineville office. During the procedure, the treatment area is numbed with local anesthetics to ensure patient comfort. Once numbed, the dentist uses special instruments to enter the tooth and remove bacteria, dead tissues, and infection-causing materials. The canals of the tooth are then sterilized to fully cleanse the area. This makes sure the bacteria and infection are truly gone.
A special endodontic material called gutta percha fills and seals the tooth preventing contamination. A crown is placed over the sealed tooth to protect it from further damage. The actual tooth root remains in place preserving the health of the jawbone.