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FAQ's About Root Canals


A root canal procedure is used for treating infection and decay that has penetrated deep inside the teeth. Here at Family Dental Clinic in Charlotte, NC, Dr. Jay Ahuja has performed numerous root canal treatments for many patients, saving their teeth from further damage and extraction. To learn more about root canals here are some basic FAQs.

What Exactly is Root Canal Therapy?

Your teeth roots contain pulp, which houses other sensitive blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues. When a tooth is cracked, decayed, injured, or otherwise damaged, the pulp could become infected. When this happens, only root canal therapy can save the infected tooth by getting rid of the infected tissues, so that they won’t cause any more problems.

Do I Need a Root Canal?

Basically, you will need root canal therapy to get rid of infection inside your tooth and save it from the extraction or further infections. Your dentist in Charlotte, NC, might recommend root canal therapy to treat decay, also known as dental caries or cavities. This develops when bacteria inside the mouth make acids that eat away at the teeth. You may also need root canal therapy for a tooth with significant cracks or a tooth that has been injured if these cause damage to the tooth pulp.

What Happens During Root Canal Therapy?

The steps involved in a root canal treatment include cleaning out the decayed tissues, disinfecting the cleansed canals, and placing a dental crown or dental filling to protect the compromised tooth. The procedure usually requires two appointments spaced several weeks apart.

Is Root Canal Treatment Painful?

Uncomfortable, yes, but painful, not at all. You can even ask your dentist for a topical anesthetic before injecting you with the local anesthetic. Expect to feel some pressure when your dentist is working on your tooth. Don’t hesitate to inform your dentist if you feel any pain during the procedure.

Your tongue, gums, and mouth will also feel numb for a couple of hours following root canal therapy until the anesthesia wears off. You’ll likewise feel tenderness and sensitivity because the tissues surrounding the treated tooth will be mildly inflamed after the procedure. That being said, if these persist for more than a week or worsen, inform your dentist right away.

Call Us For More Details About Root Canal Treatment

Schedule a meeting with your dentist in Charlotte, NC, Dr. Jay Ahuja of Family Dental Clinic by calling (704) 536-6655. For emergencies, please call (704) 839-1633.

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