At Millpond Family Dental we want to make life as simple as possible for our patients and this includes not sending them all over town for every different type of procedure. Our experienced team is set up to provide root canal therapy in most situations. A root canal treatment removes the infected dental pulp from a tooth, which is causing pain. At Millpond Family Dental, we perform root canals and then restore the tooth with a dental crown or filling. This restorative dental procedure is usually performed to prevent an infection from spreading to other parts of the mouth while keeping the infected tooth from being extracted.
When Is Root Canal Treatment Needed?
A root canal is necessary when the pulp of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected when decay or physical trauma has caused damage to the tooth and bacteria seeped into the root canal. When left untreated, the infection could spread and lead to an abscess.
The Root Canal Procedure
During a root canal procedure, we will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. Then, drill a small hole in the tooth to remove the infected pulp. The hole is then filled with a rubber-like material, called gutta-percha, which helps prevent future infections. Finally, the tooth is sealed. Once complete the tooth should look and feel like a normal tooth.
Are Root Canal Procedures Painful?
A root canal procedure is no more uncomfortable than a routine dental filling. After a local anesthetic is administered, our dentist will widen the root canal. At this point, the dentist will remove any dead or diseased tissue in the canal. The dentist will then clean the canal and seal it to prevent further infection.
To learn more about the advantages of root canal therapy, contact Millpond Family Dental at 3490 Kildaire Farm RD STE. 170, Cary, NC 27518, or call Dentist in Cary, NC at (984) 465-1544.