Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy Charlotte NC

Hearing your dentist say you need a root canal may sound intimidating. But, what is a root canal? The term applies to both a particular type of treatment and the area within your tooth located at your tooth’s root. Within the root is a canal (hence the name root canal) containing soft tissue called pulp. The pulp is made up of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. 

We prescribe root canal treatments when an infection of the pulp inside the tooth occurs because it can stop the spread. If this type of infection spreads, it can affect the bone surrounding the tooth and cause severe pain and swelling, and eventually, you will probably lose the tooth.

Root Canal Therapy Chart showing the process

What causes a root canal infection?

Root canal infections happen when bacteria in the mouth infect a tooth. Bacteria infect the tooth in several ways, but the most common causes of infections are leaky dental fillings or tooth decay.

After getting a cavity, the dentist fills the hole with dental filling to stop bacteria from seeping into the cavity. As time passes, dental fillings may wear out, requiring another appointment. Metal fillings last about 15 years, but this time varies depending on whether you grind your teeth as you sleep. Some dentists may also install the filling incorrectly, so we encourage you to come to us for dental fillings. If you notice your filled tooth that feels sensitive to hot and cold food and drinks or holes in it, you’ll need to schedule an appointment for fillings at Crown Point Family Dentistry in Charlotte. If left untreated, bacteria will seep into the tooth and cause a root canal infection.


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9101 Monroe Rd Suite 130
Charlotte, North Carolina 28270



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What Are The Signs of a Root Canal Infection?

Fillings charlotte nc 1Are you having tooth pain but aren’t sure if it’s a root canal infection? Here are some symptoms you can check to help determine if you have an infection:

  • Persisting tooth pain
  • Gets worse when chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold food or drinks
  • Gum pimples
  • Gum decay
  • Gum discoloration
  • Bad breath

If you suffer from the following symptoms, visit Crown Point Family Dentistry in Charlotte for a check-up. Root canal infections generally don’t disappear unless you have a root canal treatment. If left untreated, the infection could spread to the brain, causing death.

Crown Point Family Dentistry’s Treatment Process

Regarding the treatment process, we first anesthetize your tooth and then make an opening into the chamber. We remove the infected tooth pulp, clean the canals, and put a filling and sealant in the pulp’s place. After that, we apply a protective dental crown to the treated tooth. The effects of the treatment are typically permanent, but the crown or canal filling may eventually need to be replaced.

Is root canal treatment painful?

It is no more painful than any other dental procedure. A topical anesthetic is used to make the procedure less painful. Our dentist will drill the tooth to remove the decay as they would in a routine filling procedure. If you’ve had a dental filling, it will be somewhat similar to that. Our dentist and staff are experts at making you feel comfortable and safe during your treatment.

Can you go to work after a root canal?

Yes, you can go to work after the treatment, but we recommend waiting a day to give yourself more recovery time. It’s up to you. If unsure, your best bet is to listen to your body. 

How long is the recovery period?

Most people recover from a root canal treatment within a week. Depending on the patient, you may feel mild pain during this time, which can be managed with or without medication. So long as you follow our dentist’s instructions, you’ll recover quickly. A key factor in recovery will be the types of food you eat. During recovery, it is best to avoid hard and chewy foods. Trade them for soft foods like yogurts, soups, eggs, and pudding. Brush your teeth at least twice daily and be mindful of the tooth that had the procedure.

Tooth in pain? Reach out today!

Are you looking for a new family dentist near you? Our dental team has performed many root canals here in Charlotte, NC – we are experts at what we do and want to help you. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!

Tired of the pain? Reach out today for an appointment – call us at 704-847-4477 or use our online form here.

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9101 Monroe Rd Suite 130
Charlotte, North Carolina 28270


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Friday 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
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