Root Canal

Complete Dentistry of Midland

General Dentistry located in Midland, NC

Many people get concerned when they find out they need a root canal. Complete Dentistry of Midland wants you to know a root canal doesn’t have to be an unpleasant, anxiety-inducing experience. Located in Midland, North Carolina, Diana Millard, DMD and the experienced dental team at Complete Dentistry of Midland perform root canals on a routine basis. If you’re concerned about having a root canal, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal treatment?

A root canal is a dental treatment that saves and repairs an infected tooth. If your tooth becomes severely infected from inside, Dr. Millard removes the bacteria and any dying or dead tissue. In doing so, they are able to save your tooth and soothe your pain.

What causes the root of a tooth to become infected?

An untreated cavity or oral injury can cause infection in the tissue and roots of your teeth. If you don’t visit the dentist, the infected tissue may spread into the root or pulp of the tooth. Ask about treatment. If you don't, the infection could spread even further and lead to other health complications.

What does an infected tooth look and feel like?

An infected tooth can cause pain very quickly, particularly if you don't address it soon enough. The usual symptoms of an infected tooth are:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness when eating and drinking
  • Acute tooth sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures
  • Bad breath
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • A painful throbbing in your mouth or jaw
  • Darkening color of the tooth
  • A bump on your gum like a small pimple

How is a root canal performed?

Most often, Dr. Millard completes the treatment in one or two appointments. You may first need X-rays so the dentist can judge the magnitude of damage to the tooth needing a root canal.

When it's time for the procedure to begin, Dr. Millard will apply a needle to anesthetize the area. If needed, they place a small layer of rubber, or dental dam, around the tooth to safeguard it and keep it sanitary throughout the process. Once your tooth is anesthetized, she forms a minuscule hole in your tooth to reach the infection inside the root.

After this, Dr. Millard will clear away the unhealthy and infected pulp, then irrigate the area with water to clean it. After all diseased matter is gone, she either seals the tooth or inserts a non-permanent filling to shield the tooth until you return for a permanent crown.

Call Complete Dentistry of Midland or book a consultation online if you have any symptoms or signs of a tooth infection.