What is endodontics?

Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in treating the inside of your tooth, namely the dental pulp and tooth nerves. Tooth decay, when left untreated, often reaches the dental pulp after breaking down tooth enamel. This leads to infection and, ultimately, tooth loss. In order to save your tooth and your smile, our caring dental team provides root canal therapy.

What is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy (often simply called a “root canal”) is a dental treatment that focuses on removing diseased dental pulp and tooth damage in order to restore the size, shape, and functionality of your tooth. Our skilled dentist, Dr. Monahan, may suggest root canal therapy as part of your treatment if you are experiencing some of the following symptoms:

  • Severe tooth pain, especially when biting or chewing
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Swelling and tenderness of the gums
  • A recurring pimple on the gums

A root canal in Burlington, North Carolina can often be performed in just one or two visits to our office. After removing the decayed portion of your tooth, the inside is filled with a medicated, rubber-like substance. The outside of your tooth is then strengthened with a filling or crown. Our goal is restore your smile to its original, healthy state. To learn more about root canal therapy, please call our office today!