A root canal procedure removes infection from the inside of a tooth. Pulp, made of nerves and soft tissue, is found inside the root canal in the middle of a tooth. When a tooth infection spreads and affects the pulp, a root canal is needed.
Some signs that you need a root canal may include:
- Pain in the neck, jaw, or ear
- Difficulty swallowing
- Tooth sensitivity to temperature and pressure
- Face swelling
If any of these symptoms sound familiar to you, contact Dentistry of the Queen City. Dr. Greg Reece will work with you to coordinate comfortable treatment in his Charlotte, NC office.
Root Canal FAQs
Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about the root canal procedure below:
Is getting a root canal painful?
Many patients may think that a root canal is a painful procedure. However, patients who receive a root canal do not feel excessive pain and anesthesia is used to numb teeth during the procedure. If anything, a tooth infection can be more painful than a root canal.
How long does a root canal take?
The root canal procedure is completed over one or two appointments of about 90 minutes each.
What does the root canal procedure entail?
The procedure starts with Dr. Reece making a small hole in the affected tooth to remove the infected pulp. He will clean and polish the tooth and fill it with gutta-percha, a biocompatible rubber compound. A dental filling or dental crown will then be used to cover the tooth, preventing further damage. Local anesthesia and nitrous oxide are used to minimize pain during the procedure.
What should I do after the root canal procedure?
Avoid sticky foods following your root canal, and wait for the numbness to die down before eating food. You can use over-the-counter medication to handle any post-procedure discomfort.
Schedule a Consultation
Do you need a root canal? Call Dentistry of the Queen City at 704.486.8911. Dr. Reece and his team will work with you to fight and remove your tooth infection at the source.