Root Canals in Charlotte, NC
Root Canals (Endodontic Therapy) is one of the most common procedures performed in our office. This treatment is typically recommended to patients with severely infected or decayed teeth. When injury occurs to the pulp or nerve of a tooth, it’s not always possible to reverse the damage. A root canal procedure works by cleaning out the pulp and nerve of the tooth, filling it, and sealing it to protect it from bacteria. A root canaled tooth, in combination with proper dental hygiene, can last a lifetime.
Reasons a Root Canal May Be Necessary
Root canal therapy may be necessary if a tooth has become decayed, infected, or injured. Most patients find out that they need the procedure after experiencing tooth pain. Toothache pain can be spontaneous or may only occur when in contact with certain stimuli, such as heat or cold. Other reasons to undergo a root canal include:
- Deep cavity
- Repeated dental procedure
Root Canal Therapy Procedure Steps
Root canal therapy can take one or two visits, depending on the amount of infection present. We begin by examining your tooth under the microscope and taking a digital dental X-Ray. To make your treatment comfortable, Dr. Linger’s Method™ of local anesthesia is used. Patients may also request Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) or Sedation. We will place a protective shield, referred to as a dental dam, around the tooth to isolate it from salvia and bacteria.
Next, using the Microscope, Dr. Linger will make a small opening in the crown of the tooth. Small dental instruments are used to remove the pulp and nerves, and clean the root canal chamber. Once the chamber has been thoroughly cleaned, the space is filled and sealed with a special material. The small access hole is then filled. Sometimes a crown is needed after a root canal, depending on the location of the tooth.
A tooth that has undergone root canal therapy and has had a restoration can be restored back to full function. For more information about root canals, contact us at Dr. Linger’s Office in Charlotte.