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By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
November 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals  

If your dentist recommends a root canal, you probably have a damaged or significantly decayed tooth. Whether you scheduled your root canalsappointment due to a toothache or are simply visiting your dentist for a professional cleaning, a root canal can help you save the structure of your tooth and avoid the need for tooth extraction. Find out more about a root canal and why you may need one with Dr. Joseph Hendrick, Jr. in Shelby, NC.

What is a root canal?
A root canal removes decayed or damaged tissue from within the tooth. If allowed to remain in the tooth, the damage begins affecting the tooth’s nerves, causing a toothache. In the past, the only way to cure this situation was to remove the tooth entirely. Luckily, a root canal can save the outside structure of the tooth, allowing it to remain in place in your jaw and avoiding a gap in your smile. In addition to the aesthetics of keeping your teeth where they belong, avoiding extraction also avoids the side effects of a missing tooth like bone atrophy or shifting teeth.

Does a root canal hurt? 
Contrary to popular belief, a root canal does not hurt and only takes about an hour. The process begins with a local anesthetic injected into the area of the tooth, numbing the mouth and allowing your dentist to work without causing any pain or discomfort. While you may feel some pressure throughout your procedure, you should not feel any pain.

Root Canal Therapy in Shelby, NC 
A root canal is a common procedure with a very high success rate. In many cases, a dental crown, which fits over the tooth, can help stabilize and protect the tooth against further damage. This will require a separate appointment which takes place about two weeks after your initial root canal. The time in between allows a dental laboratory to design, create, and send back your dental restoration to ensure a natural look and the proper fit into your smile.

For more information on root canals or to determine if you should undergo this treatment, please contact Dr. Joseph Hendrick, Jr. in Shelby, NC. Call (704) 484-0077 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Hendrick 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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