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How do you respond when people bring up the subject of root canals? Most folks react with fear or anxiety when thinking about having a root canal. But the truth is, root canals are designed to relieve you of pain while saving an inflamed or infected tooth from having to be pulled.

Root canals are a common solution for an infected or inflamed tooth which suffers from pain. A root canal is actually similar to a dental filling restoration as you will be comfortable during the procedure. Our experienced team will make sure you have the most comfortable experience possible.

To better understand what a root canal looks like, let’s check out what your tooth is made of. The outer layer is comprised of strong tooth enamel which protects the dentin which in turn protects the tooth pulp. The tooth pulp is made up of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue and is the part of the tooth that a root canal will help most.

So, what does having a root canal look like?

— X-rays will have been taken to determine the location of the infection/inflammation.

— The tooth will receive a local numbing agent to make the experience comfortable.

— The infected pulp will be removed and the area thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

— A rubbery material called gutta-percha will be placed in the cleaned and disinfected area to fill and seal the tooth.

— A temporary filling material will be placed over the gutta-percha until a permanent filling or crown can be placed on the tooth. One the tooth is restored it will function normally again.

So the next time the subject of a root canal comes up, you can easily picture being pain-free and using your tooth normally again. To find out more, or to schedule a visit with Dr. Drew Hines, please call 704-366-3526 today. Our experienced dental team in Charlotte, North Carolina is pleased to restore your oral health and protect your smile!