Root Canals in Huntersville

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The Smile Architects provides root canal therapy in Huntersville, NC. Call 704-875-1621 to learn more and schedule your appointment.

Root canals are needed when a tooth is infected or the pulp is compromised by severe damage, as with a fracture, when a tooth breaks or when decay penetrates into the nerve. The treatment allows us to save your natural tooth, avoiding the need for an extraction and dental implant or bridge. Although many patients expect that their root canal will be painful, modern endodontic techniques and local anesthetic mean that the treatment is usually no more painful than getting a cavity filled.

We perform root canals right here in our office, so you won’t need to find a separate provider or go to a different dental practice for your treatment.

What Happens During a Root Canal Procedure

During a root canal, we open your tooth to access the chamber. The pulp (soft tissue) inside the chamber is removed, then the inside of your tooth is cleaned and disinfected. A filling called gutta-percha is used to replace the pulp, then your tooth is sealed with a crown, inlay, onlay, or dental filling.

You will not feel any pain during your root canal, but in the hours following the procedure, you may experience some sensitivity and tenderness. Over-the-counter pain relievers are typically all that is needed to alleviate this discomfort.

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  • How long does a root canal take?

    Root canals usually take between 30 to 60 minutes, although this depends on the internal anatomy of your tooth and the type of restoration that will be used to seal the tooth afterwards. A root canal that requires only a dental filling to seal the tooth will take less time than one that requires a crown, inlay, or onlay to be fabricated.

  • Are you awake during a root canal?

    Yes, you are awake during a root canal. We use local anesthetic injections to ensure that you feel no discomfort while we work.

  • Will I need two visits for my root canal?

    When a root canal requires the placement of a traditional crown, inlay, or onlay, two visits are needed. Our office uses CEREC technology to produce same-day restorations, which means your root canal can be completed in a single appointment.

  • What should I avoid after a root canal?

    After a root canal, you will experience some soreness and sensitivity. Avoid hard, chewy, and crunchy foods until the affected tooth is no longer painful.

  • Can I drive home after a root canal?

    Yes, local anesthesia does not cause any driving impairments, so you can drive yourself to and from your appointment.

  • Is it better to get a root canal or a tooth extraction?

    It’s almost always better to get a root canal. When a tooth is extracted, it needs to be replaced with a dental bridge or implant in order to restore function and appearance. It’s easier, healthier, and more economical to simply save your natural tooth.