Jeffrey J Tibbs DDS PA

How Root Canals Work

August 31, 2021
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Posted By: Jeffrey J Tibbs, DDS, PA Team

Your Winston-Salem, NC dentist performs a root canal if you have a deeply decayed tooth, deep root infection, or have suffered a substantial tooth trauma.

A root canal is often what saves your tooth from fracture or the need for extraction.

Unfortunately, root canals are associated with an untrue rumor. In reality, root canals are not especially painful. In fact, the treatment area is numb during the entire procedure!

Your Root Canal in Winston-Salem, NC

The first step is diagnosis. Your dentist will assess your symptoms and examine your painful tooth to ensure a root infection is the culprit.

For your part, you’ll likely have a severe toothache or tooth sensitivity. You may notice a blister on the gum and gum swelling as well.

After your dentist numbs the treatment area, we gently extract the infected tissue and secure your tooth with a temporary filling. You come back a week or so later for a tooth-colored filling or dental crown.

A dental crown is a tooth cap that protects your tooth and restores a safe bite force. It is always designed to match your adjacent teeth.

Lower Your Risks for Root Infections with Prevention

Preventive dentistry lowers your risks for many conditions, including:

  • Cavities
  • Advanced oral cancers
  • Root infections
  • Gingivitis
  • Gum disease

Preventive dentistry includes:

  • Dental checkup
  • Oral cancer screening
  • X-rays as needed
  • Professional teeth cleaning

The American Dental Association and your dentist recommend coming in every six months for a preventive dentistry appointment.

For your part, you should be brushing and flossing after each meal or at least twice each day.

We also recommend contacting your dentist between visits if you notice oral health changes like tooth sensitivity or a mouth sore that does not heal on its own.

For Root Canal Treatment in Winston-Salem, NC, Contact Us

A root canal can save your tooth from extraction and eliminate a toothache. Reach out today if you notice any symptoms!

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