How Root Canal Therapy Works
Although many people fear seeing an endodontist, the root canal therapy itself is nearly pain-free. Since we use local anesthetic to numb the tooth and the surrounding area, you do not feel the procedure at all. Our goal is to end the persistent pain and irritation caused by the infection, so once you enter our office, our root canal dentist does everything necessary to make you comfortable.
The "root canal" is a natural cavity inside the center of a tooth, which contains a soft area of pulp and the tooth's nerve. When the pulp or nerve becomes damaged, the tissues break down and bacteria begin to multiply within the chamber. This can cause infections and even abscesses, which are pus-filled pockets that form on tooth roots.
During root canal therapy, our dentists remove the affected pulp and nerve, and then clean out the inside of the tooth. Finally, the tooth is sealed to prevent further issues. When necessary, we also place a crown on the tooth for improved strength. Since the nerve is not essential to the tooth's function after it emerges through the gums, removing the nerve does not impede the typical functioning of your teeth and mouth.
Contact us to make an appointment with our endodontist and stop your toothache. We staff a root canal dentist at each of our four offices serving Cary, Clayton, Knightdale, Zebulon, and Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as the surrounding areas.