When a tooth is decayed or has an infection, you can save that tooth with root canal therapy. A root canal can remove the living tissue (pulp), nerves, bacteria, and decay from the tooth. Afterwards, the newly-empty space is filled in with a medicated dental substance that restores the tooth back to its original form.

A root canal is an optional procedure, however, choosing not to get the root canal will cause the tooth to die and need to be removed. Contrary to popular belief, having a problem tooth removed is not the best solution. When a tooth needs to be extracted, it ends up costing more and causing more problems with other teeth.

Root canals performed by our Raleigh dentist are highly successful with life-long results. Occasionally, a tooth will need to be retreated because of infections, so it’s important to visit our Raleigh dentist for routine exams.

Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:

  • Abscess on your gums
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Mild to severe toothaches
  • Swelling or tenderness
  • Some people may not experience any symptoms at all

Reasons for root canal therapy:

  • Tooth decay has affected the living tissue (pulp)
  • The tooth or root has an infection or abscess
  • Tooth has been injured or experienced trauma

What does root canal therapy involve?

A root canal usually takes more than one appointment with our Raleigh dentist, or an endodontist (root canal specialist).

During the procedure, while your tooth is numb, we’ll use a sheet of rubber, called a rubber dam, to keep the tooth safe and dry from saliva. Our Raleigh dentist will make an opening on top of the tooth, and will place a series of root canal files into the opening to remove the bacteria, nerves, pulp, and any decay that is there.

After a thorough cleaning, your tooth will be sealed with a filling. This filling may be temporary if additional appointments are needed for your root canal.

Your next appointment with Dr. Schmorr will be about a week later, and the roots inside of your tooth will be filled and sealed, and a filling will top off the opening on top of the tooth. Every tooth that has had a root canal procedure should have a crown placed on it to protect it from breaking and aid in restoration to its full function.

It is normal to experience some sensitivity or inflammation after your treatment, but as the tooth heals, your sensitivity will subside.

Dr. Schmorr will give you special care instructions for your root canal after your appointment, and tips on good oral hygiene practices that will help preserve your root canal treatment.

Looking For a Raleigh Dentist?

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Rebecca Schmorr at Six Forks Smiles to learn more about root canal therapy and if it is right for you.