Uprooting the Dental Problem: Root Canal Treatment

By Comprehensive Dentistry
September 17, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Uprooting the Dental Problem: Root Canal Treatment
If you suffer from tooth pain, it could very well be deep in the root canal. A number of Atlanta dental patients experience soreness around a tooth, but cannot pinpoint the problem. Here at Comprehensive Dentistry, we are specifically trained to know if a root canal treatment will help you with Root Canalyour persistent tooth pain. If a root canal is what you need, you are sure to get the relief you have been longing for.
When is Root Canal Treatment Needed?

Root canal treatment is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp is removed and the space is filled with a distinctive dental material in order to restore the full function of the tooth. The treatment is very successful.
A root canal treatment can be beneficial if:

  •     There is an abscess on the gums
  •     You have sensitivity to hot and cold
  •     You experience severe toothache pain
  •     You have swelling or tenderness of the gums.

What You Can Expect During the Procedure
To help you feel more at ease during the procedure, we have listed the steps of a root canal treatment for you. Root canals should not be feared, dental technology has come a long way in making the process easy and virtually painless. Patients should notice that it does typically take more than one dental appointment. The process is as follows:

    Your tooth will be numbed while a rubber dam will be placed around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva.
    An opening is made on the top of the tooth and a series of root canal files are placed into the opening. Pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria will be removed.
    At the next appointment, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed. A filling will be placed to cover the opening of the tooth. A crown (cap) will be placed over the tooth that had the root canal treatment. This is used to protect the tooth from breaking, and will also restore it to its full function.
    After the root canal treatment, your tooth might be sensitive, but will get better as the inflammation lessens and the tooth has healed.
    Good oral hygiene should be practiced on all teeth, including the tooth from the root canal treatment.

Most patients have found that root canal treatments entail little to no discomfort and are delighted to know that the restored tooth can last just as long as its healthy, original tooth.
If you suffer from tooth pain, visit our dentists at Comprehensive Dentistry as soon as possible. We guarantee that relief is in your near future!