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Here’s Why Root Canals Are Nothing To Fear!

Posted on December 1st, 2017

Fearing root canals is truly a thing of the past. Thanks to modern medicine and updated technology, as well as our state-of-the-art dental sedation techniques, this procedure will get rid of your pain, not cause it. In fact, there’s nothing at all to fear when you visit Atlanta West Dentistry for a root canal.

What Is A Root Canal?

So you’ve heard rumors about how painful root canals are, and that turned out to be just that: a rumor. So how much do you really know about root canals?

You should first know and understand that a root canal is actually a procedure that relieves pain, not causes it. A root canal is a treatment we use to fix and save your tooth that has become infected because of tooth decay.

Signs You Might Need A Root Canal

If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may benefit from a root canal:

  • Severe tooth pain when you chew or put pressure on the tooth
  • Tender or swollen gums around the affected tooth
  • Discoloration of the tooth or a darker color
  • A small bump on your gums near the area of pain
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity when exposed to hot or cold temperatures that lingers a while after exposure

Root Canal Procedure: What To Expect

Despite what you may have heard, a root canal is a painless procedure that can relieve your painful and uncomfortable symptoms. During the procedure, we remove the nerve and pulp from the inside of the tooth and clean out any decay. If left untreated, the tissue around your tooth can become infected, causing abscesses to form.

For the procedure, we will begin by numbing the area with The Wand, a computer-operated tool that saves you from having to tolerate a syringe. We will apply dental sedation if necessary and make sure you’re comfortable with moving forward.

We will then use CBCT 3D imaging to find the surrounding nerves and structures and use magnifying eyewear to get a clear, enlarged look at your tooth to guarantee the best results. Next, we will gently and carefully remove the damaged pulp using special tools instead of the traditional metal ones. The inside of the tooth will be cleaned out to remove any infection that remains and then we’ll finish the procedure by capping the tooth with a dental crown to keep it strong and healthy.

Sedation Dentistry To Keep You Comfortable

At Atlanta West Dentistry, we offer the following sedation options to keep you comfortable throughout your procedure. It’s important to us that you feel comfortable. We specially designed our surgical sedation suite to help you relax. The suite includes a comfortable, plush dental chair, a dedicated restroom, and privacy from the rest of the office.

To learn more about each of our dental sedation options and to find out which one is right for you, mention your need for sedation during your initial consultation. We are more than happy to do whatever it takes to make you feel at ease during your time with us!

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is the mildest form of sedation available. One of our highly trained doctors at Atlanta West Dentistry will administer the nitrous oxide as you inhale it right before we begin your procedure. You’ll feel relaxed and much more comfortable. You may even feel a little drowsy, but you’ll still be able to participate in your treatment and answer questions if needed.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation requires you to take a pill before we begin your procedure. Typically, you’ll arrive at our office an hour before your scheduled treatment to give the sedative time to kick in. With oral conscious sedation, you’ll be fully conscious and awake, but you may feel drowsy.

IV Sedation

IV sedation is the highest level of dental sedation we offer. You’ll be completely asleep and when you wake up, you won’t remember any tastes, smells, sights, or sounds from your treatment.

Call Us Today To Learn More

Don’t wait another day if you think you’re in need of a root canal. Our doctors at Atlanta West Dentistry are ready to help you find relief from your pain. Call our Marietta, GA office now at (770) 941-6979 or contact us online. We’re happy to help!