Save Damaged Teeth
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is one of the most common endodontic procedures, and at Horizon Dental, Dr. Dan Hostrander has years of experience performing both molar and anterior root canals. He's also one of the few dentists in the area who does not refer this relatively common treatment out, so you won't have to run around town in pain when you're just trying to get your tooth fixed. With the help of CBCT (3D X-Ray) technology, root canals are easier to perform and more successful than ever. It's often the best way to save a tooth if it’s infected, and helps eliminate pain and discomfort, helping you get back to your life.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
Signs of an Infected Tooth
If left untreated, tooth decay will almost always lead to an infected tooth. As the enamel and dentin of the tooth decay, the nerve-filled tooth pulp becomes exposed to oral bacteria. This results in a tooth infection, which typically has symptoms such as a painful toothache, radiating pain from the tooth, and discoloration around the tooth. A root canal will remove infected and decayed tooth pulp from your tooth, and replace it with an inert material.
Do I Need A Root Canal?
A root canal is always required to treat your tooth if it’s infected. The pulp is what keeps your tooth alive, thanks to its blood vessels and nerves which support the tooth. Without a root canal, your infected tooth will continue to die as the pulp deteriorates.
Most commonly, root canals are required when you have a very deep cavity that causes a tooth infection. The pulp will become infected once the enamel and dentin are breached by a cavity. You may also need a root canal if your tooth is broken or cracked in an oral injury, as this can also cause your tooth to become infected.
If you don’t get the help you need, your tooth will eventually require extraction and replacement with a partial denture, dental bridge, or a dental implant. It’s always a good idea to get help for an infected tooth as soon as you can. To find out if you need a root canal, schedule an appointment with Dr. Dan at Horizon Dental today!
Root Canal Treatment
To begin, your teeth will be cleaned and numbed, and a dental dam will be placed around the tooth that will be treated in order to isolate it. Dr. Dan will use a dental drill to create a tiny opening in the tooth and remove any decayed dentin and enamel. Your tooth will be disinfected and the pulp will be replaced with a rubber-like material called “gutta percha”. This provides support for the canals of the tooth. Finally, the tooth is sealed with a filling and possibly a dental crown.
What To Expect
Does Root Canal Therapy Hurt?
Root canal therapy is minimally-invasive and won’t cause any serious pain or discomfort. In fact, the process is quite similar to having a filling placed. Your mouth will be numbed and you won’t feel a thing during the process, and we also offer sedation to keep you comfortable during your treatment.
However, your tooth may be a bit achy and sore for a few days after your treatment. If you were given a prescription for painkillers, you should take these as directed by Dr. Dan. If not, you can use over-the-counter medication like Aleve or Tylenol to get relief. Topical numbing agents like Orajel can also help, and icing the area for 10 minutes at a time will help with pain and discomfort.
Save Your Smile
Benefits of a Root Canal
Root canals are almost always the best way to treat an infected tooth. This routine procedure can save damaged teeth, which is much more affordable than replacing them with false teeth. Tooth infections can cause incredibly painful toothaches, and a root canal eliminates this pain and discomfort in just a single appointment.
Caring For Your Tooth
After A Root Canal
Avoid eating extremely hard foods with your treated tooth for a few days, and be very gentle when brushing and flossing around your newly-treated tooth. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day to keep the area clean.
After about 3 days, your mouth should feel relatively normal. You will be able to put pressure on your tooth without any serious discomfort, and your pain and soreness should be subsiding.However, if your tooth is still hurting 3-7 days after your treatment, this is not normal. This may indicate that the tooth is still infected, and requires root canal retreatment. This is rare, but it is possible. To make sure you protect your oral health, schedule a follow-up with Dr. Dan right away.
Need A Root Canal?
Contact Us Today!
Whether your tooth has been damaged during an injury, or you suspect that tooth decay has caused a tooth infection, a root canal from Dr. Dan will restore your smile. The sooner you get treatment, the sooner you can get relief from pain. Contact us at (980) 999-5007 to get started, or drop by our office at 13425 Hoover Creek Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273 for an in-person consultation.