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Let’s Talk Tooth Pulp and Tooth Nerves: How Teeth Become Damaged

Most people don’t really understand what an endodontist does until they are referred to one by their general dentist. If you look it up, you might find that an endodontist specializes in treating conditions that affect your tooth pulp and tooth nerves. For many, though, that doesn’t really clear things up, so here is a […]

Root Canal vs. Tooth Extraction

When a tooth becomes damaged or infected, two potential treatment options include root canal or tooth extraction. Which option is the right choice? How do you know what treatment is best for your oral health? Fully understanding both of these methods, how they work, and when they’re used can help you better determine which option […]

Endodontist vs General Dentist

If your dentist refers you to an endodontist in Charlotte, it is probably because you have a painful condition that needs a required level of dental care. The most common procedure performed by an endodontist is a non-surgical root canal, but other procedures might include endodontic surgery, endodontic retreatment, or treating cracked teeth and traumatic […]

Are Root Canals Safe?

A root canal is an endodontic procedure that eliminates infected tissue and bacteria from inside your tooth and is typically needed if you have an infection or inflammation at the roots of your tooth. However, if you’re not familiar with root canals, you may feel a bit worried about having this procedure done. Is it safe? Is […]

Ballantyne Endodontics 10-Year Anniversary Celebration!

Thank you to our colleagues and friends who joined us to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Ballantyne Endodontics!

How long will pain last after a root canal?

Most people associate having a root canal with a lot of pain and discomfort. However, while most people can expect some discomfort during and after a root canal procedure, excessive pain is not normal. Modern technology and the use of anesthetics make this procedure quick, safe, typically pain-free, and an excellent way to help save […]

Your Guide to Apicoectomy

Your teeth are held in place by roots that extend into your jawbone. Front teeth usually have one root. Other teeth, such as your premolars and molars, have two or more roots. The tip of each root is called the apex. Nerves and blood vessels enter the tooth through the apex, travel through a canal […]

Myths About Root Canals and Root Canal Pain

There are many misconceptions surrounding root canal (endodontic) treatment and whether patients experience root canal pain. The American Association of Endodontists wants you to have accurate information. As always, when considering any medical procedure, you should get as much information as you can about all of your options. Your dentist or endodontist can answer many […]

What’s the Difference Between a Dentist and an Endodontist?

Image © costculator/Teeth While all endodontists are dentists, less than three percent of dentists are endodontists. Just like a doctor in any other field, endodontists are specialists because they’ve completed an additional two or more years of training beyond dental school. Their additional training focuses on diagnosing tooth pain and performing root canal treatment and other procedures […]

Dental Health and Root Canals

What is a Root Canal? A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form. “Root canal” […]