Root Canal Cary NC

Root canals have always been associated with pain. What many people do not realize is the pain is actually from infected tissue and nerve inside the pulp chamber of the tooth. The pulp chamber is protected by the top two layers of the tooth (the enamel layer then the dentin layer). It houses the tooth pulp that consists of blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves.

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When the Pulp Becomes Infected

When a tooth is damaged in a way that exposes the pulp, invading bacteria and germs can cause the pulp to become infected and cause inflammation. This is referred to as pulpitis. Most cases of pulpitis are caused by a deep tooth cavity, trauma to the tooth, or a crack in the tooth. All of which allow bacteria to enter the pulp chamber. Most people know when they are experiencing pulpitis because it is very painful. It is important to seek help from your dentist in Cary, NC at Tryon Family Dentistry if you are experiencing pain from a possible tooth infection.

When is a root canal necessary?

When treated early, pulpitis can be reversed. We will treat the tooth by removing the decay and then do a tooth filling. This should eliminate the pain and inflammation. But if your cavity is left untreated, it will progress into irreversible pulpitis. Extreme trauma to the tooth can also lead to this. In these cases, the pulp of the tooth has actually died and cannot be saved. The only way to preserve the rest of your tooth is to perform root canal therapy. Your only other option is to extract the tooth.

About Root Canal Therapy

Once the pulp has died, it cannot regenerate and must be removed. Root canal therapy is the conservative way to save what is left of your natural tooth. Your Cary, NC dentist will use a CT scan, or 3-D imaging, of your tooth to plan your treatment. Using this, along with electric rotary endodontic tools made of titanium, will allow your dentist to gain access to the pulp chamber faster and more efficiently. Once access is gained, your dentist will remove the infected pulp that is causing your pain. The chamber will be thoroughly cleaned out and an inert material called gutta percha is placed inside the chamber.

We highly recommend a dental crown be placed on that tooth after root canal therapy. Your tooth is not as strong as it once was and will need to be protected from further damage. A crown with strengthen the tooth, restoring it to its natural form and function.

Anxious about the procedure? We can help!

Before your procedure starts, we will numb the area around the tooth for your comfort. The only thing you will feel is a little pressure. Most patients compare the procedure to getting a dental filling. Even so, some patients may become overwhelmed with anxiety if they learn they will need a root canal. Our Cary, NC dentist office offers sedation dentistry to help them through the procedure. Nitrous oxide is often used to ensure the patient is comfortable and at ease. Most patients report a feeling of relief after the infection is removed which will eliminate the pressure and reduce the swelling.

“Had another wonderful experience at Tryon Family Dentistry today! I felt safe during this pandemic due to the constant cleaning/disinfecting I observed. Everyone there goes out of their way to ensure your comfort and address any/all questions you may have.”
- Leslie Meilhon
“I just moved to the area and needed to find a new dentist. After looking through tons of reviews, I settled on this dentist, and after my visit decided that this place will be my new go-to! The doctor was fantastic. Was so thorough, took the time to explain to me what was going on with my teeth, always checking to make sure that I was doing okay, and was so friendly and caring. I would recommend them to anyone. I’ll be back.”
- Ashley K.
“I had neglected my dental care for over 20 years due to fear of the whole process. I took a leap of faith and went to this office and I am so glad I did. They understood my situation and moved forward without making me feel bad. It was an 8 month marathon of dental work. I had fillings, cleanings, wisdom teeth removed, an extraction and a wonderful implant put in. I was a hard patient to work with and the whole crew was nice to me every step of the way. Years from now when I still have my teeth I’ll have this place to thank. They fixed me up now and destroyed my fear of the dentist office for the future.”
- Jay P.
“My dental assistant is Gloria, who is always super friendly, masterfully efficient and skilled, and amazing at answering all of my questions and anticipating anything out of the ordinary that Dr. Leo may need for his evaluation. Dr. Leo is my fabulous dentist who is also very friendly, skilled and efficient, takes whatever time is needed for my evaluation and questions, and provides honest assessment. He runs a high caliber business that has been consistently pleasant, remains way ahead of the technology, and the entire office is always extremely clean and bright. Highest regards and recommendations!”
- Jill Beavin
“First time there and I love it! Great place and friendly staff!”
- Tameka Brown
“Another of our favorite patients, Jane, took the time to speak about our service and what it means to her. We truly do have the best patients and we very much appreciate each and every one of them.”
- Jane
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