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Kenneth L.Westbrook, DDS, PA | Root Canal (Endodontics) in Morehead City

Kenneth L. Westbrook, DDS, P. A.
252-726-5778

 

 

General Family Dentistry 

3708 Symi Circle

Morehead City, NC

 Important COVID-19 Information for Our Office:

Due to the recent pandemic our office has put some new policies and procedures in place. Our office is unable to see any walkins at this time. You MUST have a scheduled appointment in order to be seen. 

All patients are now required to complete a few screening questions prior to their appointment. We are also encouraging our patients, parents excorting their children, and caregivers to wear a mask to their scheduled appointments. We would be happy to provide a mask for those that do not have a mask available.

You will need to contact our office immediately if you have an upcoming appointment and have had a persisent cough, fever, or any flu-like symptoms in the past 21 days. If you have traveled to any areas highly effected by the COVID virus within the last two weeks, please contact our office. Also if you or a member of your family has been exposed to someone, you are aware of, that has tested positive for the COVID virus please call our office.

We understand that many of our new policies and procedures may pose an inconvience on our patients. We are doing all we can to provide a safe environment to our patients as well as protect our staff and families. 

 

  

Root Canal (Endodontics)
 

Endodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the nerves of the teeth. Root canals are probably the most notorious procedure in dentistry and the most common procedure relating to endodontics. When a tooth becomes infected it is usually related to the nerves in the root of the tooth. The infected nerves need to be removed. If left untreated an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a much more serious problem that includes bone loss in the jaw.

The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to start the procedure. The dentist will then drill down into the tooth to create an opening into the canal. They will then be able to remove infected tissue and clean the canal. After the infection has been removed, the space if filled with a sealant called gutta percha. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is fitted with a crown. This will improve the appearance of the tooth, and will also make it much more likely that the root canal is successful.

"Root canal" has become a scary term for dental patients to hear, but the benefits of the procedure and advances in dental technology have made it much less "scary". Local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little to no pain in most cases. There may be some soreness following the procedure, but that is normal for most dental procedures. Over the counter painkillers are usually enough to relieve any pain afterwards, but your dentist may prescribe medication. The procedure will also relieve you from pain caused by the infection allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any pain from heat, cold, or biting too hard. If you are experiencing pain consult your dentist today.

 
 
 
Morehead City Dentist | Root Canal (Endodontics). Kenneth L. Westbrook, DDS is a Morehead City Dentist.