What Is Root Canal Therapy?

April 20, 2017

A root canal is often needed when a tooth has extensive decay or damage causing pain and discomfort. Learn more about root canal root canaltherapy and what it can do for you with 1st Choice Dental Care in Kennesaw, Woodstock, and Marietta, GA.

What does a root canal entail? 
A root canal begins with your dentist completely numbing their work area around the tooth. Contrary to popular belief, a root canal does not hurt and you should not feel any pain or discomfort during your procedure. However, you may feel some pressure from the tools. Your dentist makes a small hole in the top, or crown, of the tooth. This access hole leads to the tooth’s inner pulp chamber, which holds the decayed tissue and the tooth’s damaged nerve. Your dentist removes the decayed tissue and cleans the inside of the tooth to eliminate the infection. Your dentist then fills the tooth with tooth-colored composite resin and tops the tooth with a dental crown for protection against further damage.

How can a root canal help me? 
A root canal is often your dentist’s response to a toothache, which occurs when the tooth’s nerve becomes damaged. The most obvious advantage to a root canal procedure is the relief from tooth pain that comes along with it. However, a root canal also benefits patients behind the scenes. By removing the decayed tissue from inside of the tooth rather than the entire tooth itself, a root canal preserves the tooth’s natural structure and eliminates the need for extraction. Since missing teeth come with various side effects and issues, preserving the tooth’s structure is an unseen, yet highly important, advantage to root canal therapy.

Root Canal Therapy in Kennesaw, Woodstock, and Marietta, GA
For more information on root canal therapy, please contact your dentist at 1st Choice Dental Care at one of their locations in Kennesaw, Woodstock, or Marietta, GA. Call (678) 293-8773 to schedule your appointment at the Kennesaw location, (678) 293-8773 to schedule your appointment at the Woodstock location, and (678) 293-8773 to schedule your appointment at the Marietta location today!