Root Canal Treatment
At Lilburn Family Dentistry in Lilburn, GA, we believe in the proactive treatment of saving teeth whenever possible. Root canals treat the inside of a tooth when there is an infection that reaches the pulp and nerve. Teeth are treated and saved with a root canal treatment.
Symptoms That Require a Root Canal
If you experience unprovoked, constant throbbing pain, it could be an indication of an infection. The damage can travel from the root tip into the surrounding jawbone, forming an abscess and triggering secondary pain. The doctor will take an X-ray to visualize what's happening inside the tooth below the gum line.
Why Would I Need a Root Canal?
A root canal saves and repairs a damaged or infected tooth. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the tooth is sealed after cleaning. Without this necessary treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will get infected and an abscess could form.
What Does a Root Canal Entail?
A root canal is an in-office procedure performed under local anesthesia that completely numbs the affected tooth. The doctor takes an X-ray to see where the decay is and then determine if a root canal is needed. When a root canal is performed, the infected portions of the tooth, including the pulp, are removed. The tooth is then filled with a thermoplastic material that is heated and compressed into the canal(s), which is then sealed with an adhesive cement.
What Should One Expect After a Root Canal?
For a few days, your tooth may be sensitive, due to tissue inflammation, especially if you had pain or infection before the procedure. Over-the-counter pain medication can help reduce these symptoms. Ordinarily, most patients return to their normal activities the very next day.
Experiencing a toothache that just won’t go away? Make an appointment by dialing (770) 824-8857 and see us at Lilburn Family Dentistry in Lilburn, GA, today!