What is endodontics?

Endodontics is one of the branches of dentistry. The focus of endodontics is the study and treatment of the inner portions of the tooth. Located inside of your tooth are nerves, blood vessels, dental pulp, and other tissues.

What is a root canal?

A root canal, more formally called root canal therapy, is an endodontic treatment. Our dentist may recommend root canal therapy if the inner portions of the tooth, especially the dental pulp and tooth nerves, become infected or seriously damaged. This can lead to severe tooth pain and sensitivity.

Do I need a root canal?

Dr. Natalie B. McCarthy will carefully examine your smile to determine whether you would benefit from a root canal in Greenville, North Carolina. If we decide that root canal therapy is the best possible treatment for your smile, we will gently open the tooth, remove the infected tissues, and fill the tooth with restorative materials. The tooth is then restored to its optimal function and structure through the use of a dental crown or other restoration. Root canal therapy typically requires only one or two visits to our office. To learn more about root canal therapy and how we can improve your oral health, we invite you to contact us soon.