A root canal, the most common endodontic treatment, is a procedure used to remove infected tissue (pulp) and refill the nerve canal inside the tooth. By having a root canal performed, you are able to retain your natural tooth while eliminating the infection.
Root canal therapy treatment is required to repair and save a tooth that has been infected due to a deep cavity or cracked tooth.
A tooth's pulp and nerve is not important to a tooth's health and function after the tooth has fully emerged from the gums. If a root canal is not performed on a deeply infected tooth, pus will build up at the tip of the root and infect the surrounding bone. This will result in pain, swelling, and the likely removal of your tooth.
What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
- Severe tooth pain while chewing
- Your tooth pain wakes you up at night
- Teeth that are highly sensitive to hot or cold, with the sensitivity lingering for some time
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
- Swollen gums in the area of the infected tooth
What does the treatment involve?
First, an opening is made into the pump chamber through the crown of the tooth.. Once the pulp is removed, the root canal is thoroughly cleaned. If the dentist decides to complete the root canal therapy in multiple visits, a temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth. When you return, the dentist will remove the temporary filling, re-clean the root canal and pulp chamber, and place a permanent filling and / or crown over the tooth.
Root canal therapy has a high rate of success any many teeth undergoing the procedure can be saved to last a lifetime. Additionally, the crown or filling placed the completion of the procedure makes it hard to notice by others that you had the treatment.
First, an opening is made into the tooth. Once the infected area has been removed, the root canal is thoroughly cleaned. If either Dr. Stan Eisenberg or Dr. Cindy Bogdanoff decides to complete the root canal therapy in multiple visits, a temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth. When you return, your Atlanta Smiles dentist will remove the temporary filling, re-clean the root canal and pulp chamber, and place a permanent filling and/or crown over the tooth.
Both Dr. Stan Eisenberg and Dr. Cindy Bogdanoff have a high success rate root canal therapy in their Atlanta, GA office. It has been proven that teeth undergoing the procedure can be saved to last a lifetime. Additionally, there’s no need to worry about it being noticed by others. The completed procedure is very difficult to spot.
Are you worried you might have a deeply infected tooth? Make sure you get it checked out to be sure. Visit our appointment request page here to set up a date with Dr. Stan Eisenberg and Dr. Cindy Bogdanoff at their Atlanta dental office or call (252) 651-4419.