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What is a root canal?

The innermost layer of a tooth contains a complex network of blood vessels and nerve endings known as tooth pulp. If the pulp of your tooth becomes infected, it can no longer provide nutrients for healthy teeth. A root canal is necessary for removing damaged tissue and restoring the tooth.

Dentists typically perform root canals when an infection develops in the tooth's pulp. The infection may be caused by decay, injury, or other conditions. During the procedure, the dentist removes the damaged tissue and cleans and seals the inside of the tooth. 

What happens during a root canal?

We begin by numbing the infected tooth, which will immediately relieve the excruciating pain you've been experiencing and allow us to perform a comfortable, pain-free procedure.

The next step is to thoroughly clean and disinfect your tooth with specialized technology. The hollowed-out section of the tooth is then filled to stabilize it, and a temporary filling is placed to protect it while it heals. It is natural to experience soreness in the days following your procedure, but over-the-counter pain relievers are usually sufficient to alleviate any discomfort.

Finally, we will schedule a dental visit in two weeks to remove the temporary and replace it with a durable dental crown or filling.

Please Call Us So We Can Help

Please call our Clayton, NC dental office if you have a toothache and think you may need an emergency root canal. The last thing we want is for you to be in pain for a moment longer than you need to be!

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