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Root Canal

A root canal can restore tooth health and function following serious infection or damage. If your tooth has a severe infection that's spread to the nerves and pulp inside, Arden Dental Group in Asheville, North Carolina, can help. Its dentists are experts in performing the delicate root canal procedure with minimal discomfort, saving your tooth and eliminating pain. To find out if you need root canal therapy, call Arden Dental Group today or use the online form to schedule a consultation.

What is a root canal?

A root canal procedure is a treatment for restoring a tooth that's suffered significant damage or has a severe infection. Root canals are an endodontic procedure, which means they treat the soft tissue (pulp) inside your teeth.

Root canal therapy has a reputation for being painful, but at Arden Dental Group, you can be confident of having your root canal with minimal discomfort. The team uses advanced tools and techniques to carry out root canals, along with the latest anesthetics to ensure you have a comfortable experience.

Root canal therapy can often save teeth and avoid you having to undergo a tooth extraction.

When might I need a root canal?

Your dentist at Arden Dental Group might suggest a root canal if the pulp and nerves inside your tooth become so badly infected or damaged, there's no other way to treat them.

This type of damage often occurs when decay penetrates through the outer enamel layer and reaches the interior of your tooth. Left untreated, the infection can cause your tooth to die, but Arden Dental Group's skilled dentists have considerable expertise in performing root canals to prevent tooth loss.

Infections in the pulp can cause symptoms such as:

  • Pain when chewing
  • Swollen gums
  • Sensitivity that doesn't fade away
  • Darkened gums
  • Pimples on your gums

If you're experiencing certain symptoms or notice chips or cracks in your teeth, it could be a sign that you have an infection or your risk of developing one is high.

What does root canal therapy involve?

To perform root canal therapy, your dentist first removes every bit of infected and damaged tissue from inside your tooth. Next, they clean the tooth thoroughly to ensure no trace of infection remains. This is vital, as leaving any infected material behind could trigger a new infection.

After cleaning the tooth, your dentist packs it with a special medicated material. Finally, they restore the appearance of your tooth by fitting a dental crown, which matches your existing teeth for a more natural and pleasing appearance.

Generally, the Arden Dental Group team completes root canals in one or at most two visits.

If you're experiencing any problems with pain or tooth damage, don't wait for the infection to cost you a tooth. Call Arden Dental Group today or book an appointment online to find out if you need a root canal.