Root Canal Therapy in Charlotte & Harrisburg, NC

Root canal treatments take place when a tooth has been weakened by tooth decay or trauma, and the pulp inside the tooth has become infected. After local anesthetic is applied, a small hole is drilled in the top of the tooth, the tooth pulp is cleaned out, and the tooth is then sealed, and a custom dental crown is placed on top. If you have any questions about our root canal services or you would like to schedule a consultation to see if a root canal is the right treatment for you, please contact our friendly front office team.

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How will I know if I need a root canal?

The only way to determine if a root canal is necessary is by having a dental professional examine the tooth and create a treatment plan. Infected teeth don’t always come with noticeable symptoms, especially if the issue is diagnosed and treated early, but there are a few ways patients can tell that they might need a root canal. These symptoms include:


  • Unbearable Toothache
  • Sudden Tooth Sensitivity
  • Darkening of Tooth or Gums
  • Tender or Swollen Gums
  • Dental Abscess

Do root canals hurt?

Patients often dread root canal treatments due to their long history of being labeled as scary and painful procedures. Fortunately, advancements in dentistry have made root canal treatments no more painful or scary than getting a cavity filled. Our team will begin your treatment by injecting a local anesthetic into the gums near the tooth so that the affected area will be completely numb throughout the procedure. If you are still nervous about your root canal procedure, our team offers a few dental sedation options, which can help you stay calm during your treatment and relieve your anxious thoughts.

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Can I eat after a root canal?

While it’s technically safe to eat right after a root canal, we recommend waiting until the numbness from the anesthetic has completely worn off before you eat anything to avoid biting your tongue or the sides of your mouth. After that, you should try to stick with soft foods for a few days and chew with the other side of your mouth if you can. Food and drinks like applesauce, cream of wheat, mashed potatoes, soup, scrambled eggs, smoothies, and milkshakes are all great options, just make sure nothing is really hot or really cold.

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