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What To Expect During A Root Canal

Root Canal Asheville NC It’s no surprise that the root canal procedure gets a bad rap for being a long, painful process. However, under the care of an experienced, trusted dentist, a root canal procedure is as simple as a routine dental filling. Asheville, NC general dentist Dr. Shawna Hoffert offers root canal therapy for patients in need. When the root canal becomes infected or filled with decay, a root canal procedure is needed to relieve pain and save the natural tooth. During your visit, Dr. Hoffert will examine your teeth and determine if a root canal procedure is the right solution for your dental needs. If not, we offer a range of restorative, cosmetic, and general dentistry services to improve the health and function of your smile.

About Root Canals

How will I know if I need a root canal procedure?
Dr. Hoffert is an experienced dentist with years of training identifying and treating a variety of dental problems. During your visit, Dr. Hoffert will carefully examine your mouth, teeth, and gums and check for any signs of dysfunction. Comprehensive exams are put in place to identify complex dental problems and provide effective solutions to improve the health of your smile. If a root canal procedure is necessary for you, Dr. Hoffert will disclose that during your visit.

It is important to note that some patients may not experience any symptoms associated with a root canal infection, while others may experience symptoms.  If you are experiencing symptoms associated with a root canal infection, contact Red Maple Dental and set up an appointment.


  • Pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

What is a root canal procedure?
During a root canal procedure, your dentist will remove damaged tissue from the root canal that may have been a result of tooth decay, broken crown, repeated dental procedures, or crack in the tooth. If left untreated, bacteria can seep into the root canal, causing infection, abscess, or pain. Once the damaged tissue is removed, your dentist will carefully clean and disinfect the tooth, then seal it to protect it from further damage. If needed, patients will receive a dental filling or dental crown to restore their smile.

After the procedure, it is important to follow any aftercare instruction given by Dr. Hoffert. Our goal is to restore function and health back into the teeth, so it is important that patients do their part after treatment.

Does a root canal procedure hurt?
At Red Maple Dental, our patient experience is important to our dental care team. We take the time to make sure patients are comfortable, safe, and informed during their dental treatment. We offer a range of sedation dentistry to keep patients relaxed and pain-free during their treatment. We offer both IV sedation and oral conscious sedation. Dr. Hoffert will determine which sedation option is right for you.

Visit Red Maple Dental in Asheville, NC

A root canal procedure can improve your overall oral health and improve your smile. Don’t wait until you’re experiencing painful and uncomfortable symptoms before you get the treatment you need. Visit Dr. Hoffert at Red Maple Dental for the dental care you need. To schedule an appointment, contact our Asheville, NC dental office.