About Root Canal Therapy
If the soft inner portion of the tooth (also known as pulp) gets an infection, it can develop into lots of pain and the whole tooth will begin to die if the infected pulp is not removed. A root canal procedure by our dentists at DentalWorks - Wilmington in Wilmington, NC removes the contaminated pulp from the tooth, which can spare the tooth and allow proper restoration begin. To protect and strengthen the tooth after the pulp is extracted, a filling element can be added within the tooth otherwise a cap can be put on top of the tooth by our dentists. If the bacteria is not healed, other teeth can become infected, plus the bacterial infection may move into the blood and infect more areas of the body. At DentalWorks - Wilmington in Wilmington, NC, our dentists perform root canal treatments to assist patients and return their oral health.
"I went in yesterday as a new patient with an abscess. The receptionist treated me with understanding, kindness and respect. Susan, the assistant, stayed with me and explained every procedure. Dr Smith was interested in my care, in my pain, and actually treated the abscess with a root canal at this initial visit. He also gave me hope for future dental care. There was no condensation, no blame, only hope for a future beautiful smile and care. The office manager was gentle, discreet and worked with me within my budget limitations. The ENTIRE staff treated me with dignity and kindness and didn’t exacerbate my fear of dental work. EVERYBODY should go here! They actually care about YOU. I’m going back. And I’m telling all my friends to go there! And who ever heard of getting a numbing injection in your mouth WITHOUT PAIN? Dr Smith can do that!!!!"- K.M. / Google / Nov 06, 2018
"The friendliest dental office around. Everyone makes you feel welcomed."- N.H. / Google / Nov 03, 2018
"My first visit here was wonderful. The staff was inviting and kind. The Dr explained everything to me clearly and thoroughly. Even though they were short staffed I was taken care of in a timely fashion."- M.S. / Google / Nov 02, 2018
"Very friendly and professional staff and facility. Reasonably priced for what I needed done."- P.B. / Google / Nov 01, 2018
"I never fail to get the upmost care. Such a friendly and caring Doctor Smith and staff."- J.S. / Google / Oct 27, 2018
What to Expect
A root canal procedure is most often completed with local anesthesia to numb the mouth, plus our dentists may combine sedation if needed. Our dentists will extract the pulp from the contaminated tooth or teeth, then our dentists will cover the tooth with a crown or add filling material. Certain patients are at a larger risk of catching an infection (generally patients with heart issues like congenital defects and artificial heart valves, so our dentists will prescribe a course of antibiotics before and after the root canal therapy.
If only local anesthesia is used, the patient will be able to drive and get better at home, although a few sedation options may require the individual to have a reliable adult drive them home. Patients will have temporary numbness and certain patients may have minor discomfort that can often be fixed with an over-the-counter pain medication. If a temporary crown was put over the treated tooth, the permanent crown will be placed and bonded by our dentists at a second appointment. After a root canal, oral care consisting of brushing and flossing at home, in addition to visits to DentalWorks - Wilmington as recommended by our dentists are essential to keep up the strength of the treated tooth or teeth.
A root canal therapy is often covered to some extent by the patient's insurance, in some cases dental insurance may not cover added expenses for emergency care. Our dentists at DentalWorks - Wilmington in Wilmington, NC accept many forms of payment and DentalWorks - Wilmington is able to help patients with applications for financing, as needed.
Plan Your Procedure
To get rid of your toothache and stop more dangerous dental issues, don't skip talking to our dentists about root canal procedures. With state-of-the-art dental equipment and techniques, as well as sedation options at DentalWorks - Wilmington in Wilmington, NC, treating an infected tooth doesn't have to be excruciating or difficult.