About Root Canal Therapy
If the spongy interior section of the tooth (or pulp) develops an infection, it can create a great deal of discomfort and the entire tooth starts to die if the contamination is not stopped. A root canal treatment by our dentists at DentalWorks - Durham in Durham, NC takes out the diseased pulp from the tooth, which can preserve the tooth and permit proper recovery start. To strengthen and protect the tooth after the pulp is removed, a filling substance can be added in the tooth or else a crown can be positioned on the tooth by our dentists. If the diseased pulp is not cured, other teeth may become infected, not to mention that the infection may pass into the blood flow and infect other sections of the body. At DentalWorks - Durham in Durham, NC, our dentists offer root canal procedures to aid patients and bring back their dental health.
"I have been to this office four times now, and each time I experience a pleasant, smooth appointment process, something I have not experienced at other dental offices. The first time I came in, I had an infected wisdom tooth that needed to be pulled. They went ahead and gave me antibiotics and a mouthwash to use while the infection cleared up, took bitewings, and had me come back to get both wisdom teeth on the top out. The oral surgeon (can't remember his name but he was very nice) had both teeth out in just a few minutes, explained everything to me very thoroughly, and listened when I told him that I need more Novocaine than most people as I am a natural redhead and therefore more resistant to anesthesia.At the time of my wisdom teeth being removed, they told me that I needed a list of cleanings and fillings as I had not been to the dentist in a long time, but that I could schedule them at my convenience, when I could afford to come back.Last week, I broke a tooth and came in to have an exam done. They told me I needed a cleaning on that quadrant of my mouth before they could fill the cavity and broken area, and scheduled me. The hygienist was kind, gentle, and patient, and very thorough. She told me I would probably need to take Tylenol or Ibuprofen following my appointment for a day or so while my gums recovered from the scaling and root planing. I went back in yesterday to have the tooth filled and Dr. Legler was great, he remembered me from the previous cleaning visit when I said I needed extra numbing, without me saying it out loud. When I did feel pain during the procedure, he offered me the option to keep going or get numbed again- I tried to brave it one more time but the second time I raised my hand he went ahead and numbed me more and was very kind and patient about having to stop his procedure halfway through to make me more comfortable. Until I have a reason not to I will continue to come to this dental office! I've had nothing but good experiences here, the staff are always great and even though I hate dental appointments I always leave feeling like I worked myself up for nothing because they make it so easy."- A.K. / Google / Nov 27, 2017
"Friendly, professional service. Very understanding staff got me through tough procedure with virtually no pain and kind support. Highly recommend."- P.S. / Google / Nov 27, 2017
"Myself and three of my sons go to dental works for orthodontic care. The staff is always warm and friendly. And although we have had different orthodontist over the coarse of care they have all been top notch"- J.S. / Google / Nov 06, 2017
"Great experience every time. The Staff is always pleasant. The front staff are incredible as well."- L.P. / Google / Oct 16, 2017
"They are great. All of the staff and Dentist are great. Jessica is definitely awesome. The two hygienist that worked with my kids were also amazing. Everyone is very informative and they really seem to care. I drive over an hour to go to this office but its worth it."- A.D. / Facebook / Oct 13, 2017
What to Expect
A root canal therapy is generally done with local anesthesia to desensitize the gums and teeth, plus our dentists may include sedation as needed. Our dentists will take out the pulp from the diseased tooth or teeth, then our dentists will put on a crown or insert filling material. A few patients are at a greater risk of getting a bacterial infection (most often patients with heart concerns like artificial heart valves and congenital defects), so our dentists can prescribe a treatment of antibiotics before and after the root canal procedure.
If only local sedation is given, the patient should be allowed to drive and recuperate at home, however certain sedation methods may require the person to have a dependable adult take them home. Patients will experience short-term numbness and a few patients may experience minor pain that can generally be remedied with an over-the-counter pain reliever. If a temporary cap was set on top of the infected tooth, the custom made crown will be positioned and secured by our dentists at another appointment. Following a root canal, dental care consisting of flossing and brushing at home, plus visits to DentalWorks - Durham as recommended by our dentists are critical to preserve the well-being of the treated tooth or teeth.
A root canal treatment is generally paid partly by the individual's insurance, however insurance may not pay extra costs for emergency treatment. Our dentists at DentalWorks - Durham in Durham, NC take several methods of payment and DentalWorks - Durham can also help individuals in applying for financing, if needed.
Plan Your Procedure
To treat your discomfort and avoid more severe oral health concerns, do not dodge talking with our dentists regarding root canal treatments. With advanced dental tools and methods, plus sedation options at DentalWorks - Durham in Durham, NC, repairing an infected tooth does not have to be uncomfortable or lengthy.