What to Expect From a Root Canal

When people hear the words “root canal”, they often are struck with fear. Root canals have a bad reputation that they haven’t earned. They’re not a procedure you need to fear. The team at Tryon Family Dentistry, a dentist in Zebulon, Cary, and Raleigh, NC, describes the root canal process and why it’s nothing to be afraid of.root canal nc

What is a Root Canal?

Technically, the root canal is a part of your tooth. It’s the hollow portion inside your tooth that holds the dental pulp and nerves. However, when people talk about a root canal, they normally mean a root canal procedure. This is done when an infection gets into that dental pulp and needs to be removed.

How Do I Know if I Need a Root Canal?

Some patients don’t even realize that they have an infection until their dentist finds it during a routine cleaning and checkup. They have no symptoms and it’s unknown until it’s found by an experienced eye. Otherwise, the most common symptom is pain. It’s usually sharp and sudden in your tooth, made worse by biting or chewing.

Tooth sensitivity is also common when you’re consuming hot or cold food and beverages. The gums around the particular tooth are often inflamed and swollen. You may also notice that the infected tooth itself is discolored. This is due to the infection inside the tooth often making it darker.

The Root Canal Process

When your dentist diagnoses you with an infection, your dentist will schedule a separate appointment for your root canal procedure. To start, we use a local anesthetic to numb the entire surrounding area near your tooth. Once we’re sure you’re comfortable, we can begin the actual procedure.

First, a small hole is drilled into the back of your tooth. This provides access to the inside of your tooth. Using special instruments, the dentist will scrape out the infected material inside your tooth. Once we’re sure the infected material is removed, the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned. It’s filled with a biocompatible material that replaces the infected pulp.

Usually, a dental crown is used to complete the process. It helps to seal the tooth to prevent further infection and provide stabilization to the tooth. We want to make sure that the full functionality of your tooth is restored after a root canal.

The pain that many people reference when it comes to a root canal is actually the pain of the infection itself. An infection in the dental pulp causes pain and pressure on your tooth. Many patients say that a root canal doesn’t feel like anything more than a dental filling. Your pain may also be relieved immensely once the infected material is removed from the tooth.

Root Canals at Your Zebulon, Cary, and Raleigh North Carolina Dentist

Do you think that you may have an infected tooth that needs taken care of? Call us or schedule an appointment online.

“Excellent and knowledgeable staff! The doctors are the best and understood my unique TMD challenges. Because of this, my bite was corrected and I no longer have pain. Wonderful!”
- Donna Pygott
“I have been going to Tryon Family Denistry for the past six years and I absolutely love it. The staff are always friendly and courteous. They engage in conversation so as to take your mind off what they are doing. Dr. Leo is awesome as well and has great beside manners. If you are looking for a great dentist office then look no further.”
- Kiawana Fulford
“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.
“Amazing office. The dentists here do great work. Replaced four of my front teeth with veneers and worked with me (for free) when the treatment plan didn’t go exactly as expected due to my chronic bruxism. They always explain what they’re doing, and why. I thoroughly trust this team with my dental care.”
- Jeff Wilson
“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
“Staff is amazing. So gentle but very knowledgeable. Great experiences so far with cleanings and filling replacement.”
- Trish M.
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