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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!

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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