Dental Services

Greensboro Root Canals

What is a "root canal" treatment for teeth?
Under the hard, visible tooth surface lies a softer area of tissue called dental pulp, which contains blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves. Teeth have roots — the longer, narrow parts of the tooth under the gum line that connect your teeth to your jaw. The nerves in a tooth, which primarily tell you whether something in your mouth is hot or cold, are within canals in the tooth's roots: root canals. If you have deep decay within teeth, cracked or chipped teeth, or damaged teeth due to facial trauma (punched in the jaw, face hit car window, fell and hit mouth, etc.), the dental pulp and tooth nerve can become infected, irritated, and inflamed.

Signs You May Need a Root Canal

Having a damaged tooth, a dental trauma, or tooth pain may indicate you need "root canal" treatment—also known as endodontic therapy.
In some cases, people who need root canal therapy don't experience any negative symptoms. However, frequently there are signs you may need a root canal:
  • Severe pain when chewing or clenching teeth together—a tooth hurts or you can tell that your tooth pulp hurts
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks
  • Darkening or other discoloration of a tooth
  • Swollen or tender gums near a tooth
If you have infected tooth nerves or diseased tooth root tissue, removing the affected tissue from inside the tooth not only will alleviate your tooth root pain, but it also can help you avoid the need for a complete, permanent tooth removal. In fact, root canal treatment saves an average of 17 million teeth each year.

Root canals don't have to be painful

Have you ever heard someone say, "I'd rather have a root canal..."?
While root canal treatment has a bad reputation as being painful, when it's done properly it's usually no more painful than having a tooth cavity filled. The vast majority of tooth or mouth pain you feel is in the time leading up to a "root canal" — when your tooth pulp and/or tooth nerve is infected. When Dr. Welch performs root canal treatment, he removes the damaged tooth's pulp and nerve, cleans inside the tooth, and replaces the diseased tooth tissue with an antibacterial filling. Then, he protects the tooth further by adding a tooth crown or cap.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does my tooth hurt and how can I relieve the pain of a toothache?

After Care Information

Aftercare for Root Canal Procedure
If You Have Questions, or Would Like to Make an Appointment, Call 336.288.4499

If you're having any tooth pain in Greensboro or would like more information about root canals or other services, we welcome your questions. Scott A.Welch, DDS, is conveniently located in the Brassfield Professional Center off of New Garden Road in Greensboro, NC. Call us today at 336.288.4499 to make an appointment.