Root Canals Specialist

Charlotte Dental Esthetics

Vaibhav Bajaj, DMD, MPA

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Charlotte, NC

The anticipation of a root canal procedure can be nerve-racking for a lot of men and women. Thankfully, Vaibhav Bajaj, DMD and the expert dental team at Charlotte Dental Esthetics remove all the anxiety and discomfort from a root canal procedure. Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, Charlotte Dental Esthetics performs root canals on a routine basis. If you're nervous about having a root canal, book an appointment over the phone or online. The team is ready to soothe your worries.

Root Canals Q & A

Why might I need a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure intended to remove oral discomfort and restore your tooth. Dr. Bajaj or a member of his team eliminate the bacteria and any dead or dying tissue from inside your tooth if it becomes severely infected. Doing so lets them get rid of your pain and preserve your tooth.

How can the root of a tooth become infected?

From damage to the tooth or from a cavity allowed to go untreated, roots and tissue within your teeth can become infected with bacteria. If you don’t get to a dentist in time, the infected tissue can reach the pulp or root of your tooth. Ask about treatment. If you don't, the infection could spread even further and lead to other health complications.

How do I know if I have an infected tooth?

If you don't seek treatment for the infected tooth rather immediately, you might experience a significant amount of discomfort. You may experience these symptoms when you have an infected tooth:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness, especially when chewing
  • Acute tooth sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures
  • Unpleasant breath
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • Painful aching in your jaw and mouth
  • Tooth darkening in color
  • A small pimple-like bump on your gum

How does a root canal work?

Dr. Bajaj and the team can typically mend your tooth in one or two appointments. First, it may be necessary to take an X-ray to determine the degree of harm to the tooth requiring the root canal.

Dr. Bajaj will use a needle to numb the region and make sure you don't feel anything during the procedure. Every now and then, they put a small sheet of rubber, or dental dam, around the tooth to protect it and keep it clean during the procedure. After anesthesia is applied, he makes a small incision in your tooth to reach the infection inside the root.

Next, Dr. Bajaj removes the infected and damaged pulp using small files, then washes away any debris from the area with water. Until you return for a permanent crown, Dr. Bajaj either seals the tooth or applies a temporary filling.

If you have any signs or symptoms of a tooth infection, call Charlotte Dental Esthetics or schedule a consultation online.

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