Chapel Hill Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy in Chapel Hill

Root canal therapy may be necessary if your tooth has been badly damaged by decay or an oral injury. When the outer layers of your tooth are compromised and the inner pulp is exposed to bacteria, this can cause a painful tooth infection. A root canal therapy will remove damage and decay, and restore the structure, function, and aesthetics of your tooth. If you live near Chapel Hill and Fearrington and have a painful toothache that you think may be an infection, call Brightside Family Dental today to schedule an appointment.

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Signs You Need Root Canal Therapy

Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
Grayish discoloration of your tooth
A persistent, painful toothache
Pain when putting pressure on your tooth

What is a root canal procedure?

Root canal therapy is used to save an infected tooth and repair damage caused by an injury or untreated tooth decay. When the outer layers of your tooth are damaged, the nerve and blood vessel-filled “pulp” is exposed to oral bacteria and this often leads to an infection. Root canal therapy involves cleaning and disinfecting the interior of your tooth and filling the empty space with an inert material. This destroys the infection, preserves the structure of your tooth, and protects it from further damage.

What should I expect during root canal therapy?

Dr. Mistry has years of experience performing gentle, successful root canals. Numbing agents are used to ensure that your procedure is completely painless and sedation is available if you feel it will make you more comfortable. During treatment, Dr. Mistry will remove any damaged or infected enamel and pulp from your tooth. Next, he will disinfect the area and fill the empty space with a material called “gutta percha”. This inert material helps maintain the structure of your tooth. To complete the procedure, a crown will be attached to restore the form, function, and aesthetics of your tooth.

You’ll leave our office with a tooth free of infection, and after initial soreness, you will be able to eat, speak, and smile again with confidence. If you have a painful toothache or suspect that you may have a tooth infection, don’t hesitate to call us to schedule an appointment!

What causes an infected tooth?

Wondering why you would need a root canal? Root canal therapy is required for infected teeth. A tooth infection occurs when the outer layer of enamel and dentin of your tooth are damaged, and the vulnerable, nerve and blood vessel-filled “pulp” inside the tooth becomes exposed to oral bacteria. 

Most commonly, root canals are caused by cavities. As cavities get worse, the hard outer layers of your teeth break down, exposing the pulp and causing an infected tooth. This is why it’s so important to treat cavities early. If they are caught in time, you won’t have to get a root canal, and you can simply get a filling or crown instead.

Root canals can also be caused by broken or worn-down teeth. If your tooth is cracked by an oral injury, for example, the enamel may begin to decay and the interior of the tooth could become exposed. This would require you to get a root canal to save your tooth.

If you think that you may have a cavity, or you have recently experienced an oral injury and have a cracked, chipped, or broken tooth, you should get help from a dentist right away. Early intervention is the best way to ensure that you can save your t

Are root canals painful?

No. Root canals are not painful at all, despite what popular culture may have you believe. Today, dentists use powerful numbing agents to numb the nerves in your mouth and your teeth, and to prevent any pain or discomfort during the treatment process.

In fact, the entire process is only about as invasive as having a cavity filled. Dr. Manish Mistry uses the latest techniques to remove decayed tooth material gently, and ensure your comfort throughout the entire process.

We also offer sedation, which helps you stay safe and comfortable throughout the procedure. If you are nervous about your upcoming root canal therapy treatment, ask Dr. Mistry if sedation may be right for you.

Are root canals safe?

Yes. Root canals are completely safe, and there are no serious complications associated with this treatment. The success rate of root canal therapy is usually about 97% when the procedure is performed properly. As an experienced dentist, you can trust Dr. Manish Mistry to take great care of your mouth, and ensure that you get the best possible root canal therapy in Chapel Hill.

Complications from root canal therapy are very rare. In some cases, it’s possible that your dentist may miss some infected material, and fail to completely eliminate the infection. If this happens, the tooth may need “endodontic retreatment.” This involves opening up the tooth and cleaning it out again. 

In serious cases, an apicoectomy may be necessary. This involves removing the root of the tooth and filling the tooth with a special biocompatible material to eliminate the infection.

These complications are extremely rare, and we use the latest technology and techniques at Brightside Family Dental to ensure that we minimize the risk of post-treatment complications.

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from happy patients

anne w.

"I highly recommend Dr. Mistry! He is very thorough and knowledgeable! I recently had a root canal and was nervous about the procedure but Dr. Mistry did an excellent job! He took the time to make sure there was no pain and the healing process went smoothly. He also explained each part of the procedure in a way I was able to fully understand."

trecia j.

"Dr. Mistry was AWESOME. Usually, I am nervous about going to the dentist but he explained the procedure so that I could understand. I left there pain free. My sister Wendy Jarrell referred me and I am grateful.

On behalf of the Jarrell family... We thank you."

bill h.

"Dr. Mistry did a wonderful job on my teeth, particularly the work he did on a bridge on the left side. I would highly recommend him to anyone for your dental needs!"

"We have your entire well-being in mind, not just your teeth."
– Dr. Mistry

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