Root Canals in Matthews, NC

What is a root canal?

A root canal is one of the popular restorative dental treatments performed as a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth. A tooth can become infected due to deep decay, injury, or multiple dental works on the same tooth. A root canal treatment involves removing the infected dental pulp, the soft center of the tooth, to halt the spread of the infection. Some of the symptoms of root canal infections include tooth pain, sensitivity to hot and cold food and beverages, swelling around the tooth, and a foul taste in the mouth.

What Can Cause Damage to the Dental Pulp?

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Deep decay

If a deep cavity goes untreated, the pulp can become infected. The bacteria present in the cavity can spread through the tooth, infecting the pulp and resulting in severe pain. A root canal treatment would be needed to alleviate this pain and relieve the symptoms.

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Multiple dental procedures

When a tooth has multiple dental procedures and repeated drilling, it can produce significant pressure on the tooth and lead to the inflammation of the tooth pulp. Damaged tooth pulp can lead to bacteria multiplying within the pulp chamber, and cause an infection of the dental pulp, requiring root canal therapy to save the tooth.

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A chip or crack in the tooth

A chip or crack in the tooth can happen from biting down on something hard or from a fall. The crack can then affect the dental pulp and leave it infected, causing pain. One of the best treatments to save a severely chipped or cracked tooth is a root canal.

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An injury to the tooth

If you injure a tooth, it can damage your dental pulp even if the whole tooth stays intact. For instance, if a tooth is hit with great force, the tooth nerves at the tooth root can be severed, which can ultimately lead to the damage and death of the nerve. In such cases, root canal therapy is needed to prevent pain and infection.

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Root Resorption

Root resorption occurs when the tooth structure gradually dissolves away. This process can happen as a reaction to several reasons - a tooth injury, tooth replantation, or forceful tooth movement during orthodontic procedures. Since root resorption need not necessarily cause any pain, a dental X-ray may be needed to identify the problem.

What Are The Steps Involved In The Root Canal Process?


The dentist will review your medical and dental history, take X-rays of the affected tooth, and perform an exam to diagnose the cause of the tooth pain. The dentist will also need to know if you have sensitivities to local anesthetic, if you are pregnant, or if there has been any recent trauma to the tooth.


During the pulpectomy, the dentist will use anesthesia to completely numb the tooth. Then, the dentist will make a small opening in the tooth to access the pulp chamber and root canals. Then, the infected tooth pulp and nerves are scraped out from the root canal inside the tooth by our experienced dental team.

Clean canals and antibiotics

In order to remove infection and bacteria from the root canal system, the old pulp needs to be removed. Once it’s out, the root canals are thoroughly cleaned. The canals are shaped, disinfected, and filled with an antibiotic.

Filling and restoration

A dental filling is placed into the tooth once the canals have been cleaned and disinfected. The filling material is usually a composite material that matches the natural color of your teeth. After your root canal treatment, you may be required to have a crown placed over the treated tooth. A crown covers the entire tooth and restores its strength and function.Additionally, a dental crown will help prevent further damage to the tooth by protecting it from everyday use.

Have Questions About Root Canal Treatment? Find Answers Here.

Root canal therapy is actually the only treatment available to repair an infected tooth. Without root canal treatment, patients would need a tooth extraction. However, extraction can lead to future problems, including shifting teeth, bite problems, bone loss, and gum tissue problems. Root canal treatment offers a permanent solution to infected teeth, and patients are able to keep their natural teeth.

After a root canal, the tooth will need time to heal fully.

Once the anesthesia wears off, some sensitivity and pain may be experienced. Follow the dentist’s instructions about what medications to take for the pain. The tooth will be tender for the first few days after the root canal. Avoid biting hard or crunchy foods on the tooth until the tenderness fades. If you experience swelling, use a cold compress to ease it. After a few days, the tooth should be feeling back to normal. Avoid chewing with the tooth until the dentist says it is healed enough to do so.

A root canal retreatment is similar to an initial root canal. A root canal retreatment is performed when a patient’s previously treated tooth becomes re-infected. An untreated tooth is susceptible to further infection, so after an initial root canal, our dentists may recommend root canal retreatment.

When decay has reached the nerve, a pulpectomy is necessary. This happens when the nerve becomes infected by bacteria. A pulpectomy removes the infected nerve tissue. The tooth is then cleaned and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha.

Do you have a question? Or do you wish to schedule an appointment with us? Call Dawson Modern Dentistry at (704) 565-9512 or visit Dentist in Matthews, NC at 3555-2 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd, Matthews, NC 28105.


3555-2 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd,
Matthews, NC 28105

Office Hours

MON:10:00 am-7:00 pm

TUE:9:00 am-6:00 pm

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