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Root Canal Therapy treats the inside of a tooth, removing infected dental pulp and replacing it with advanced materials that protect your tooth from further infection.

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed.  This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges.  

When you look in the mirror, what you see is the tooth's crown.  The portion hidden beneath the gum line is called the root.  The root is made of a hard tissue called dentin.  In the middle of each root runs a hair-thin channel called "the root canal" which houses the pulp of the teeth.  The pulp is made up of soft tissue and nerves.  The root canal space is normally sterile.  When bacteria gets into this space as a result of tooth decay, gum disease, tooth fracture, or other problems, the sterile pulp gets infected and damaged.  This infection is first confined to the root canal space.  Inflammation here causes the severe pain associated with an infected tooth.  If left untreated, the inflammation and infection spreads from inside the root into the surrounding bone and and tissues causing increased swelling or an abscess.  Dr. Zelby will note your symptoms and perform an evaluation of the suspect tooth, which usually consist of  an X-Ray and further test to check the vitality of the tooth before making a diagnosis.  When the pulp is infected there are usually two options.  Either the entire tooth has to be removed (extraction) or the infected root canal space cleaned and disinfected in order to preserve the tooth.  

If it is determined that your tooth has an infection, the injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed.  Advances in anesthesia and instrumentation techniques have rendered this procedure as simple as a filling. This therapy requires local anesthesia and may be completed in one or two visits depending on the treatment required.  Success for this type of treatment occurs in over 90% of cases.  Depending on the kind of infection inside the tooth there may be anywhere from mild to moderate discomfort after the procedure due to the healing process at the end of the root. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and probably will be comfortable that same day.  In the unlikely event that you have more than moderate pain or swelling after your procedure please contact our office.  Dr. Zelby or one of the staff will always respond to your questions or concerns.

"I had just had a root canal about a week prior and I was at work selling electronics. My next customer (Dr. Zelby) asked about my recent root canal. This being the first time we had met, I was amazed at how much he cared and how quickly he was willing to work me into his schedule, even though it kept him at his office late. He quickly took care of the other dentist's mistake and the next day I was already feeling better. I live in North Carolina and I still make the drive to my yearly check-ups and any work I may need. If you don't love your current dentist, I know you will love mine!"

Wesley Tyre