Why Root Canal Therapy Is Nothing to Fear

man in the dentist's chair ready for root canal therapy

It’s time for some myth-busting! While there are many dental procedures that get an undeserved bad rap, few rise to the level of the root canal. Root canal therapy has achieved almost legendary status among Americans — but for all the wrong reasons! Today, we want to shed some light on the procedure and bust the myth that root canal therapy is scary.

Why Do You Need Root Canal Therapy?

Typically, we use root canal therapy to treat an infected tooth nerve. Infection often causes a painful toothache, but most patients report that the root canal procedure is comparable to getting a filling. Root canal therapy actually treats the infection, relieving your pain and saving your natural tooth!

What Happens During the Root Canal Procedure?

When a tooth becomes infected, it is important to treat the issue as soon as possible. This can prevent the infection from spreading to the point where the tooth needs to be extracted. During the procedure, we’ll apply a local anesthetic to the area to make you more comfortable. Then, Dr. Marshall will remove the infected nerve and pulp. We’ll clean the tooth, then seal it. This stops further damage and preserves the structure of your natural tooth for years to come.

What Are Warning Signs of an Infected Tooth?

As with most common dental issues, the early detection of an infected tooth is very important. Once the infection advances past a certain point, the tooth can’t be saved and will require an extraction. If you are experiencing a throbbing toothache, swelling, extreme temperature sensitivity or other sudden changes to your teeth, call our office immediately. Our highly trained team can help walk you through the next steps and ensure you get the care you need.

Contact Us with Your Questions

As modern dental technology continues to advance, we hope that root canal therapy will someday have the good reputation it deserves. To ask our team any questions or to schedule your next appointment, call our Charlotte office today!

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