When a tooth is injured or a deep cavity forms due to decay the soft inner tissue of the tooth can be placed at risk. This tissue, also known as the “pulp” contains blood vessels, nerves and other vulnerable tissue. If this tissue becomes infected you can be at risk of developing an abscess, a dangerous infection of the gums.
A root canal is an endodontic treatment to save a damaged tooth. Dr. Hand has been performing root canals in New Bern for over 30 years and has a reputation for gentle, skilled care.
A root canal is the surgical removal of the soft tissue of a tooth to save the root of the tooth. A successful root canal preserves the root, allowing us to attach a crown to replace the lost portion of your tooth.
The procedure is relatively simple: we prepare a tiny access hole in your tooth, remove the soft tissue and clean the inside of your tooth, and then seal the tooth to prevent infection. Although root canals have a reputation of being unpleasant, modern root canals are virtually painless.