Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatments in Statesville

When a tooth is causing you pain, we will do everything in our power to save it. However, if the nerve of your tooth is infected, or if you are still experiencing pain after another dental treatment, you may require a root canal to experience relief. Learn more about our Statesville root canal therapy services below.

What Happens During a Root Canal?

We won’t lie and describe the root canal experience as “comfortable,” but we can promise that it is not painful. Your restorative dentist will use local anesthesia to numb your tooth and the surrounding tissues so that you do not experience any pain. If you have dental hypersensitivity, and still experience pain when the treatment begins, you can signal the dentist to stop by raising your hand. He will then apply more anesthetic until the correct dose is reached.

Once you are sufficiently numb, the dentist will:

  1. Drill a hole into the tooth.
  2. Clean and extract the infected tissue.
  3. Disinfect the canal.
  4. Fill the interior of the canal with an inert, rubber-like material.
  5. Place a temporary filling to close the opening of the tooth.

That’s it! Your endodontist or dentist will continue to monitor you for signs of complications. You will likely make another appointment to have a crown, dental implant or other restoration placed on the tooth to protect and restore its function.

Afraid of Getting a Root Canal?

Many patients experience anxiety about this particular procedure. While some concern is understandable, remember that root canal therapy is very routine for most dentists, with over 15 million procedures performed each year. Our restorative dentist, Dr. Schmidt, has performed hundreds of successful root canal treatments during his career, and will ensure that you are comfortable before, during, and after it.

Another point to consider is that, before root canal therapy, the only option for an infected tooth was extraction—and sometimes this was still not enough to stop the infection from spreading. That’s why, even though you probably do not feel very happy about having one, you actually are very lucky that you were born into an age where root canals are an option!

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