Root Canal Therapy in Wilmington, NC

If you’re experiencing severe tooth pain or discomfort when eating or speaking, then a root canal may be necessary to help you get out of pain quickly. At Gregory B. Garrett, DDS, we provide gentle root canal therapy to keep your smile healthy and let you enjoy life to the fullest again. To learn more about our root canal treatment, give our office a call to schedule your visit with our friendly team!

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How do I know if I need a root canal?

Several indicators can make a patient suspect they need a root canal. The most obvious signs of needing a root canal are severe tooth pain when chewing and tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperature food or drinks. Swollen, tender, and discolored gums around a specific tooth are also indicators that an infection might be present. Infection or pain can result in a dental emergency when not resolved. Should dental pain be unbearable, contact our office right away.

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Do root canals hurt?

While root canal treatment has a reputation for being a painful procedure, a root canal should not hurt. Root canal therapy can successfully relieve dental pain, such as toothache, and save your natural teeth. At Gregory B. Garett, DDS, we ensure our patients are comfortable and that the area where the root canal is taking place is completely numb before the procedure begins.

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Can you eat after a root canal?

After a root canal, recovery time should only take a few days. During this time, some patients experience inflammation or discomfort, but once the numbing from the procedure wears off, it’s safe to eat. Eating soft foods that require little chewing, like eggs, soup, or yogurt, and avoiding hot and cold temperature drinks can help speed recovery and prevent further discomfort. Our team will also provide you with personalized aftercare instructions that can help you recover successfully!

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