Root Canal Treatment

Deep at the center of each tooth is an area called the pulp chamber; dental pulp is made up of material that keeps the tooth alive. If bacteria find their way into the pulp chamber, you develop an infection that we can only treat with a root canal.

At Harbor Point Family Dentistry, we strive to make procedures like root canals as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Dr. Cory McMahan uses his experience and skill to perform root canal procedures that aren’t all that different from having a tooth pulled.

Symptoms of a Root Canal Infection

If you have a tooth infection, it’s important for your oral and general health to seek treatment as soon as possible. Here are some common symptoms of a root canal infection that you should be aware of:

  • Severe tooth pain that worsens over time
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity to touch and hot and cold
  • Jaw pain, swelling, or tenderness
  • A foul odor or taste in the mouth
  • A bump on the gum near the painful tooth

By performing a root canal, our Mooresville dentist removes the infection that’s causing your pain and saves the tooth. Because you can’t live with an infected tooth, the only other option for pain relief is extraction—which is never our first choice.

5 Steps Involved with Root Canal Treatment

Dr. McMahan understands and empathizes with your concerns about root canal treatment. However, there’s really nothing to fear!

First, we will numb your tooth to ensure you don’t feel any pain or discomfort. We’re also pleased to offer calming nitrous oxide (laughing gas) that will help you remain relaxed and comfortable throughout your procedure.

Then we complete your root canal in the following five steps:

  1. Access the pulp material inside your tooth
  2. Thoroughly clean out pulp to remove the infection
  3. Disinfect the root canals
  4. Fill the hollowed-out pulp chamber
  5. Seal the tooth and place a temporary filling

When we’re finished, your toothache will be gone—although you will likely experience some soreness for a day or two afterward. We may prescribe antibiotics, so be sure to take them as instructed to ensure the infection’s completely gone. You can take OTC pain medications like ibuprofen or Advil to relieve any discomfort.

Do You Think You Need a Root Canal?

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, please call Harbor Point Family Dentistry so our dentist can take a look at the tooth as soon as possible. Dr. McMahan will perform an exam and take x-rays to see what's going on and provide the appropriate treatment.

Are you worried because you've heard the stories about root canals? Rest assured, all the hype is not based on reality, and a root canal performed by an experienced dentist is not something to fear.

In addition to serving friends and neighbors in Mooresville, we are also pleased to welcome patients from Lake Norman, Mooresville, Cornelius, Davidson, and surrounding communities.