Root canal therapy is an endodontic treatment often used to restore the health of a seriously infected, diseased, or damaged tooth. Dr. John McAllister often refers patients to an endodontist, who is a root canal specialist, or he determines that he can complete the procedure in his office.
The root of a tooth contains the pulp, which carries the tooth’s nerves and blood supply. Sometimes the pulp can become painful and is at a risk of being lost. To relieve your pain and save the tooth, our dentist may recommend a root canal in Hickory, North Carolina. During root canal therapy, Dr. John McAllister will remove the pulp, decayed nerve tissue, and related debris. Once those harmful substances are removed, the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and filled. In many cases, another restoration like a dental crown is also needed to cap the tooth, to protect it, and to restore its size and shape.
If you have severe tooth pain when you chew and bite down, if you have noticed prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, or if your tooth has become discolored or darkened, these may be signs of infected or damaged dental pulp. We invite you to contact us today at McAllister Dentistry to set up your next visit and to learn more!