Signs That You Need a Root Canal

May 15, 2019

Root canal therapy often has a negative connotation for many patients, but the truth is that it is the best possible solution for a tooth that Root_Canalhas been declining in health. It removes the source of dental pain and decay so that the outer tooth enamel and root can stay healthy and viable—that's right, contrary to what pop culture says, root canals relieve pain! Read on to learn more about this treatment, and call 1st Choice Dental Care in both Kennesaw and Woodstock, GA, if you think that you might need care.

What Does a Root Canal Do?
The inside of a tooth is full of nerves, soft tissue, and pulp. If bad bacteria enter the tooth, it can corrode the soft tissues and eventually cause the tooth to loosen from its socket. A root canal removes diseased tissue so that it doesn’t have a chance to rot through the root of the tooth and cause tooth loss. The inside of the tooth is filled with a substance called gutta-percha, a plastic material that prevents future damage. The repaired tooth is then covered with a protective dental crown.

Do You Need a Root Canal?
If you have any of the following symptoms, it’s likely that you may need a root canal from one of our offices in Kennesaw or Woodstock:

- Throbbing tooth pain that disturbs your day.
- A black spot on the tooth, indicating a cavity that has progressed to inner tooth decay.
- Mouth odor that you can’t neutralize with mouthwash or brushing.

Dental Sedation Options Will Put You at Ease
Many patients hesitate to go to the dentist for a root canal because they’re worried about discomfort. If this sounds like you, make sure to discuss sedation options with your dentist. At our offices, we can use topical, oral, inhalation, or IV sedation depending on the severity of your dental issue and anxiety.

Restore Health to Your Tooth
The best thing for your dental health is to keep your original tooth—something made possible with root canal therapy. Call (678) 293-8773 today to set an appointment with a caring dentist at 1st Choice Dental Care in Kennesaw or Woodstock, GA!