Root Canals

Root Canals in Oakboro, NC

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The pain of a severely infected tooth demands to be felt and can certainly throw a wrench in your day-to-day life. Thankfully, our team here at the Oakboro Family Dentistry is trained to relieve your tooth pain with root canal therapy. For many people, the infamous root canal can seem daunting. However, thanks to advancements in dentistry, the root canal procedure is now more relaxing and stress-free than ever! Don’t wait in pain out of fear based on outdated misconceptions surrounding root canal treatment. Come in today and be back on your way to a healthy, happy smile with effortless and efficient root canal therapy!

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The Root Canal Procedure

The pulp inside a tooth can become severely infected. When this happens, root canal therapy may be necessary to relieve any pain you may be experiencing and to stop the infection in its tracks. First, we ensure the infected area is numbed and sterile and. We then drill a tiny hole in the surface of the tooth so that we can gain access to the infected pulp that is causing your tooth pain. Through the drilled hole, we will use tools to remove the pulp, apply antibiotics to kill the infection, and then replace the pulp with a biocompatible material that will serve the purpose of healthy pulp. Lastly, we seal off the hole we made in your tooth to prevent bacteria from entering the tooth that could cause further infection. Depending on your smile’s specific needs, we may place a temporary crown over your tooth or go ahead and install the permanent restorative crown that will act just like a natural tooth. The procedure itself can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. You can then enjoy the benefits of a practically pain-free mouth!

After-Care for a Root Canal

The area surrounding the once-infected tooth may be sensitive for a few days. This is completely normal, so don’t fret. Manage any temporary discomfort with over-the-counter pain medications bought from your local drug store. Continue your oral health routine as prescribed by your dentist, including brushing twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing your teeth once a day. Just be sure to exercise caution around the treated tooth for about two weeks, brushing and lightly flossing gently around the area.

Signs You May Need a Root Canal

  • Tenderness or swelling of the gums near an infected tooth
  • Sharp tooth pain when biting down
  • Throbbing or dull ache
  • Abscess on the gums
  • Bad smell or taste in your mouth

Are you experiencing any of these symptoms?

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