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Remove Your Infection, Save Your Tooth

Posted on July 22nd, 2016

We understand that no one wants to have a root canal treatment. Many times this is because people are worried that a root canal will be painful.

If you come to Atlanta West Dentistry, you won’t have to worry about that. Instead, you will get relief from the pain of your toothache.

Root canal treatments are done to remove infections from teeth. Those infections are what cause your teeth (and sometimes your gums) to hurt.

Ideally, you would call our dentist office at the first sign of tooth pain, but too often patients wait until that pain becomes unbearable.

Today, we will explain how a root canal treatment can relieve your pain, and a dental crown could restore the shape and the usefulness of your tooth.

Tooth Infections

The reason people need root canal treatments is to remove infected matter from infected teeth.

These infections can arise for multiple reasons. Tooth decay and gum disease are the most common. If either of these conditions go untreated, bacteria can start to eat into your tooth.

With tooth decay, the bacteria will eat through the crown of your tooth until it reaches the pulp chamber. Pulp is a soft connective tissue at the center of the tooth. If the pulp becomes infected, it may become inflamed and painful as well.

With gum disease, bacteria can form pockets in your gums. From these pockets, bacteria eat into the roots of your teeth. Your roots contain openings (root canals), which is where blood vessels and nerves enter your teeth. The root canals also contain pulp, which means this is another way that a tooth can become infected.

A third way teeth can become infected is due to broken teeth. If a break is deep enough, it can expose the interior of the tooth to bacteria as well.

Regardless of how a tooth becomes infected, it can cause the same kinds pain — lingering pains, sharp pains when you bite or chew with the infected tooth, sensitivity to heat and cold. A root canal treatments can end the pain and preserve the tooth.

Root Canal Treatment

Before we do anything, we will make sure you will not feel any pain.

We can do this by administering anesthetic to your infected tooth and the surrounding gum tissue. If you prefer, we offer dental sedation options, which will keep you pain-free throughout your treatment.

We will create an opening in your tooth to access the pulp chamber after we know your tooth is numb or you have been sedated. One of our dentists will use special tools to remove the infected pulp along with the nerves and blood vessels inside your tooth.

The next step is cleaning and sanitizing the inside of the tooth. To reduce your risk of reinfection, we fill the tooth with a special material. This also helps your tooth to retains its shape.

The final step is sealing the tooth.

Sealed With A Crown

When it’s time to seal your tooth, we often use a dental crown. Dental crowns are made with ceramic materials that closely match the color and the appearance of natural teeth.

Dental crowns are made to be durable as well. With a dental crown in place, your tooth will be able to do the things that a tooth should do (bite and chew food), and it will restore your smile as well.

This is true of any dental crown, whether it is used to create a fix a decayed tooth, affixed to a dental crown, or used to complete a root canal treatment.

In the case of a root canal, the crown has a secondary purpose as well. The crown seals the tooth to add another layer of protection against a new infection.

Now, dental crowns may not be necessary in all cases. In some instances, we may be able to seal the tooth with dental filling instead of a dental crown.

In the end, the main thing is that we were able to remove the infection and to save the tooth. As dentists, we always prefer to save teeth whenever possible.

Save Your Tooth Today

Your teeth should not hurt. If you are feeling any pain, please call Atlanta West Dentistry as soon as possible.

We can examine your tooth and determine if a root canal or a different restorative procedure is the best treatment for you. To make an appointment at our dentist office in Marietta, GA, fill out our online form or call (770) 941-6979.