Root Canals

Creative Dentistry of Atlanta

Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Atlanta, GA & Covington, GA

Many people get concerned when they find out they need a root canal. Anitha R. Reddy, DMD, and the experienced dental team at Creative Dentistry of Atlanta want you to know a root canal doesn’t have to be an anxiety-ridden, excessively painful experience. You'll be hard-pressed to find a more experienced dental team than Creative Dentistry of Atlanta, located in Atlanta and Covington, Georgia. The team performs root canal procedures all the time. If you have any hesitations about getting a root canal, give the office a call or schedule an appointment online.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that is meant to relieve pain and save your tooth. If your tooth becomes severely infected from inside, one of the experienced dentists at Creative Dentistry of Atlanta removes the bacteria and any dying or dead tissue. In doing so, they are able to save your tooth and soothe your pain.

What causes the root of a tooth to become infected?

Roots and tissue inside your teeth can become infected with bacteria as a result of an injury to the tooth or from a cavity that is left untreated. If you don’t visit the dentist, the infected tissue may spread into the root or pulp of the tooth. This can cause a host of other problems if the infection spreads any further, so be sure to seek treatment.

What does an infected tooth look and feel like?

An infected tooth can become very painful relatively quickly, especially if you don’t take care of it promptly. Infected tooth symptoms might include:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness when eating and drinking
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Halitosis
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • A painful throbbing in your mouth or jaw
  • Tooth darkening in color
  • A small pimple-like bump on your gum

How is a root canal performed?

Most often, one of the extremely able dentists at Creative Dentistry of Atlanta completes the treatment in one or two appointments. You may first require an X-ray to determine the extent of damage to the tooth needing the root canal.

At your appointment, one of the dentists at Creative Dentistry of Atlanta utilizes a syringe to administer local anesthetic and numb the region. Every now and then, they set a small sheet of rubber, or dental dam, around the tooth to protect it and keep it clean during the procedure. After your tooth gets numbed, the dentist creates a tiny opening in your tooth to reach the infection inside the root.

Then, your dentist will clear away the unhealthy and infected pulp, then irrigate the area with water to clean it. Until you return for a permanent crown, your dentist either seals the tooth or applies a temporary filling.

Call Creative Dentistry of Atlanta or book a consultation online if you have any symptoms or signs of a tooth infection.