Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy in Charlotte, NC


Painless and Gentle Root Canal Treatment 

dentist sitting in dental chair while dentists speak behind herRoot canal therapy, a dental procedure often surrounded by myths and misconceptions, plays a crucial role in preserving teeth and alleviating pain. In Charlotte, NC, patients seeking effective and expert root canal therapy can rely on the skill and experience of Dr. Steven Yang at Capstone Dental. With a commitment to patient care and oral health, Dr. Yang offers a comprehensive approach to root canal therapy that ensures long-lasting results. 


What is Root Coot Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, is a restorative dental procedure aimed at saving a severely damaged or infected tooth. This procedure involves the removal of the infected pulp (the innermost part of the tooth) and the cleaning, shaping, and sealing of the tooth’s interior. Despite its reputation, root canal therapy is a crucial and effective way to preserve a tooth that might otherwise need extraction.


Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy offers several significant benefits:

  • Pain Relief: It alleviates the severe pain often associated with an infected tooth.
  • Preservation of Natural Tooth: The procedure allows you to keep your natural tooth, maintaining proper oral function and appearance.
  • Prevents Infection Spread: Removing infected pulp prevents the infection from spreading to surrounding teeth.
  • Efficient Chewing: A treated tooth functions like a healthy tooth, allowing you to chew comfortably.
  • Aesthetic Enhancement: Root canal therapy restores the appearance of the affected tooth, enhancing your smile.


When Is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?

Man laughing after having dental implantsRoot canal therapy becomes necessary when the dental pulp becomes inflamed or infected due to various reasons:

  • Deep Tooth Decay: Untreated cavities can extend deep into the tooth, reaching the pulp.
  • Cracks or Chips: Trauma or fractures can expose the pulp, leading to infection.
  • Repeated Dental Procedures: Multiple dental procedures on a tooth can weaken it and cause pulp damage.
  • Dental Abscess: An abscess can form at the tooth’s root, necessitating immediate treatment.

If you suspect your tooth is infected, schedule an appointment with Dr. Yang. Untreated infections can spread to other parts of the body and may result in serious conditions. Our skilled dentists can save your tooth with root canal treatment and prevent further damage. 


The Root Canal Therapy Process

Diagnosis and Examination

The journey of root canal therapy begins with a comprehensive examination by Dr. Yang at Capstone Dental. Through visual inspection and potentially X-rays, Dr. Yang will assess the extent of the infection. 

Local Anesthesia and Sedation

To ensure your comfort during the procedure, a local anesthetic will be administered. This numbs the affected tooth and the surrounding area, ensuring you won’t feel any pain during the treatment. Dr. Yang can also administer your preference for dental sedation

Access Opening

Once the area is numb, he’ll create a small access opening on the crown of the affected tooth. This opening provides the necessary access to the pulp chamber and root canals.

 Removal of Infected Pulp

Using specialized tools, Dr. Yang skillfully removes the infected or damaged pulp from the pulp chamber and root canals. This step is essential to eliminate the source of infection and prevent its spread.

Cleaning and Shaping

After the infected pulp is removed, the tooth’s interior is meticulously cleaned and shaped. This step ensures that no traces of infection or debris remain in the canals. The cleaned canals are then filled with a biocompatible material, typically gutta-percha. This material seals the canals, preventing any future infection from developing.

Sealing and Restoration

The access opening that was created earlier is sealed with a temporary or permanent filling. In many cases, to restore the tooth’s strength and function, a dental crown is placed over it. This crown is custom-made to match the color and shape of your natural teeth.

Recovery and Aftercare

After the procedure, there might be some mild discomfort or sensitivity, which is normal and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Dr. Yang will provide aftercare instructions to ensure proper healing and minimal complications.

Frequently Asked Questions

The duration of root canal therapy can vary based on factors like the tooth’s complexity and the extent of infection. On average, a single appointment may take about 90 minutes to two hours. However, in more intricate cases, the procedure might require multiple visits. 

In many cases, dental insurance does provide coverage for root canal therapy. Some plans may cover a portion of the costs, while others might cover the procedure. Contact your insurance provider to understand the specifics of your coverage.

After undergoing root canal therapy, there are certain precautions you should take to ensure a successful recovery:

  • Avoid Chewing on the Treated Tooth: To prevent any damage or dislodging of the temporary or final restoration, refrain from chewing on the treated tooth until it’s healed.
  • Maintain Oral Hygiene: Continue brushing and flossing regularly to keep the treated area clean. However, be gentle around the restoration site.
  • Limit Hard and Sticky Foods: Avoid foods that could damage the restoration or cause it to come loose.
  • Follow Post-Procedure Instructions: Your dentist will provide specific instructions for your post-procedure care.

Contrary to the common misconception, root canal therapy is not as painful as it’s often believed. Thanks to modern advancements in dentistry, the procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, ensuring that patients experience minimal discomfort. The pain associated with an infected tooth is usually far worse than any discomfort experienced during or after the procedure. 

Save Your Tooth and Oral Health with Endodontic Therapy

By choosing Dr. Yang, you’re not just opting for a dental professional, but for a partner in your journey toward a healthier and happier smile. Don’t hesitate to explore the world of root canal therapy with Dr. Yang at Capstone Dental – a decision that leads to improved oral health and a brighter future. 

Call our Charlotte, NC, office at 980-202-5696 to schedule an appointment today. You can also book your appointment online or request for more information by filling out our online contact form. We also welcome patients from Mint Hill, Matthews, and Mount Holly.