A toothache can ruin even the best of days, causing you to have trouble eating or even speaking and significantly hinder your daily activities. Luckily, your dentist can help cure your toothache, repair your damaged or decayed tooth and get you back to your day with one simple procedure. Learn about root canals and what they can do for you with our dentists at the Center For Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA.
How does a root canal work?
A root canal begins with your dentist administering a local anesthetic to the area of the tooth in question. This numbs the area and ensures that you feel no pain during your procedure. If you feel pain, alert your doctor and they can administer more anesthetic to ensure that your discomfort does not last. With the mouth numb, your dentist enters the tooth through an access hole in its crown and removes the decayed or damaged contents of the tooth. With the tooth empty and free from infection, your dentist will fill in the hole left behind to restore the tooth’s structural integrity. Your dentist may suggest a dental crown to stabilize the tooths’ large filling and protect it from future harm.
Do I need a root canal?
If you have a broken or damaged tooth, you could require a root canal to save the tooth’s structure and avoid extraction. Additionally, if you have serious decay which has reached far enough into the tooth to affect the tooth’s nerves and cause a toothache, a root canal is the only option other than extracting the tooth altogether to cure your toothache. Your dentist may suggest a root canal in situations where decay has not yet begun causing pain, but will, if left untreated.
Root Canal Therapy in Lawrenceville, GA
For more information on root canals or curing your toothache, please contact the Center For Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA. Call (770) 995-1957 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!