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By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
March 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals  

How a root canal from your dentist in Shelby, North Carolina can take away your dental pain

Having a toothache can ruin your day. Fortunately, there is a way to get relief from your toothache and still allow you to keep your tooth. It’sroot canal called root canal therapy, and it can save your smile. Dr. Joseph Hendrick Jr. in Shelby, NC, offers a full range of cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry services including root canal therapy to help your smile.

If you suffer dental trauma, deep dental decay, or a dental infection, it can damage the pulp of your tooth. The pulp is where the nerve and blood supply to your tooth are located. When the pulp becomes bruised or damaged, fluid and pressure build up inside your tooth, causing pain which can be excruciating.

You may need a root canal if you experience:

  • Pain that increases when you eat hot or cold foods
  • Pain that increases when you drink hot or cold beverages
  • Chronic tooth pain even after dental treatment
  • Acute, stabbing pain when you bite down
  • A white or red bump on your gums next to the root of a tooth
  • Drainage including blood or pus coming from the bump on your gums

A root canal can take away the pressure and pain. During root canal treatment, your Shelby, NC, dentist will make a small opening in the top of your tooth. Ultra-thin instruments are used to remove the damaged, diseased tissue, which is drawn out through the opening. A sedative material is then placed inside your tooth. The sedative helps relieve fluid and pressure, allowing your tooth to calm down.

Once the fluid and pressure are relieved and your pain is gone, the sedative material is replaced with an inert material and the opening is sealed up with a small metal filling. A dental crown is recommended for a tooth that has had a root canal because the tooth can become brittle. A dental crown protects the tooth from breaking.

If you are suffering from a toothache, a root canal can eliminate your dental pain. To find out more about root canal therapy and how it can help you and your smile, call Dr. Hendrick in Shelby, NC, at (704) 484-0077 today!


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Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
511 N. Morgan Street
Shelby, NC 28150
(704) 484-0077
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