root canals

Root Canals

A root canal dental procedure or endodontic treatment involves treating injuries or infections to the dental pulp. Root canal treatment is recommended when the pulp of the tooth becomes infected or inflamed.

There are several reasons a root canal may be necessary such as deep decay, fracture, broken tooth or a crown that is failing. If the tooth is left untreated the infection can spread throughout the body. Most patients experience throbbing pain often keeping them up at night when a tooth has become infected.  It’s important to seek immediate dental care if you are experience throbbing pain and/or have an abscess.

During the root canal procedure your dentist at Providence Dentistry will clean the canal of the tooth with special instruments. The canal is filled with a material resembling rubber. Throughout the root canal the tooth is numb with local anesthetic. The procedure may feel similar to having a dental filling completed. After the root canal procedure is complete in almost all cases the tooth will need a permanent restoration called a crown.

Here at Providence Dentistry in Charlotte, NC we understand a root canal procedure may seem intimidating and that’s why we are happy to answer any questions you may have about your recommended dental procedure. You may be prescribed an antibiotic prior to having the root canal done.  It is important to take and finish all medication as prescribed.  You will notice relief after a few days of taking the antibiotic, but the infection will come back making the root canal necessary.

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