Root Canal Treatment
The oral care experts at Lithia Springs Cosmetic & Family Dentistry may recommend root canal treatment in instances when the inner portion of a tooth becomes damaged by infection or decay. Root canal treatment saves a tooth from extraction by removing the infected living material inside of a tooth and replacing it with medicated fillings as a way to restore its structure and function.
An infection of the root canal occurs when decay spreads to the pulp of the tooth or when a bacterial infection develops inside the tooth or at the root tip. Symptoms of an infected root canal include:
- Severe toothache
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages
- Swelling and tenderness in the affected gum
- A recurring abscess on the gums
The process of treating an infected root canal starts by numbing the tooth using local anesthesia. A rubber sheet is placed around the tooth to keep it dry and to prevent the infection from spreading. Using special dental tools, the inside of the tooth is accessed to remove any infected pulp, damaged nerve tissue and visible decay. The tooth is then thoroughly cleaned and sealed with filling material. To protect the tooth from fractures, a temporary crown is placed over its surface. A follow-up visit is required to apply a permanent crown and to restore the full structure and function of the tooth.
To learn more about root canal therapy, please contact our office to arrange for a consultation. You may call us at (770) 824-8916 to schedule an appointment.