Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Charlotte, NC
An infected tooth can lead to severe pain. Dr. Jeffrey Kleinheiz works to save the tooth and relieve pain with a root canal, offering same day service for the men and women of Charlotte, North Carolina. If you’re experiencing chronic pain in one or more teeth, make an appointment with Dr. Kleinheinz at Kleinheinz Dentistry today by calling the office or booking online.
Root Canals Q & A
What is a root canal?
Your teeth are made up of many parts. The inside of a tooth, called the pulp, is made up of blood vessels, tissues, and nerve cells. If this part of your tooth becomes infected, you’ll need a root canal to treat it.
A root canal is a procedure that treats issues with the pulp in your tooth. Without a root canal, an infected tooth will not only be painful, but it can eventually abscess. The pain and infection of your nerves can lead to issues throughout your body.
What causes infection in the pulp?
Many things can damage the pulp in your tooth, leading to a root canal. They include:
- Trauma to the tooth
- Tooth decay
- Other dental work
Cavities that are left untreated can also lead to an infection that requires a root canal to repair.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
There are many symptoms of a need for a root canal. They include:
- Sharp, sudden pain when biting down
- Swollen gums
- Sensitive gums and teeth
- Constant pain in your tooth
If you experience lasting tooth pain, be sure to get it checked out as soon as possible.
How does a root canal work?
Though root canals are often thought of as a painful procedure, that’s usually not the case. A root canal is comparable to what you’d feel when having a filling. This procedure treats your infection and relieves pain, saving you from having a tooth pulled.
When you come in for your root canal, Dr. Kleinheinz applies an anesthetic to numb both your tooth and the area surrounding your tooth.
Next, Dr. Kleinheinz gets to work removing the decay and infection. Using a small opening in the tooth, he removes the damaged pulp before cleaning the area. He’ll then fill the hole and seal it using an adhesive cement.
Tooth sensitivity after a root canal is common. Be sure to eat soft foods and be cautious when eating right after your procedure.
Make your same day appointment for a root canal with Dr. Kleinheinz by calling his office or scheduling it online, and get relief from tooth pain.