What is a root canal?
Underneath the enamel and hard dentin surface of your tooth is a substance called pulp. It’s a soft tissue that helps develop the tooth’s root while it’s growing and adds nourishment to the tooth afterwards.
When a tooth gets chipped, cracked, or has a deep cavity, the pulp becomes exposed to bacteria. Bacteria multiplies quickly and, before you know it, you’ve got an infected tooth.
A root canal is a dental procedure that involves removing infected pulp and disinfecting the inside of the tooth. It’s the best way to keep your natural tooth, stop pain, and restore your smile.
When you need a root canal dentist in Waxhaw, call us. Our team is here to help.
How do you know if you need a root canal?
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods
- Pain experienced while biting and chewing
- Gums that are tender or swollen
- Darkening gums
- Visibly broken or cracked teeth
Who most commonly gets root canals?
Benefits of getting a root canal
- NSaves the natural tooth
- NEliminates pain associated with the infection
- NRestores normal biting and chewing abilities
- NReduces tooth sensitivity
- NProtects surrounding teeth from damage
What happens in a root canal?
This is the typical process you can expect from our root canal dentist:
1. Topical numbing agents and local anesthetic are applied to the affected area.
2. The infected pulp is carefully cleaned out from the tooth.
3. Antibiotics are applied to the inside of the tooth to treat the infection and stop reinfection from occurring.
4. The tooth is filled with a sealing paste and either a permanent filling or a crown is placed on the tooth.
- Topical numbing agents and local anesthetic are applied to the affected area.
- The infected pulp is carefully cleaned out from the tooth.
- Antibiotics are applied to the inside of the tooth to treat the infection and stop reinfection from occurring.
- The tooth is filled with a sealing paste and either a permanent filling or a crown is placed on the tooth.
What is recovery from a root canal like?
Are root canals covered by dental insurance?
There are a lot of dental plans that cover root canals, which are known as “endodontic treatments.” Some insurance policies cover the procedure fully and others cover only partially.
Our office accepts most major dental insurance, including the providers below. We’ll help you understand what your plan covers and what costs to expect.
Schedule with us today by calling (704) 665-7887 and let’s discuss if a Waxhaw root canal is the best option for you.
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