Everyone seems to have a horror story about a traumatic root canal experience, but in reality, it’s a painless procedure — or at least it is when it’s performed by the experienced dentists at DentalHome at their offices in Duluth and Commerce, Georgia. Since a root canal is the only treatment option for a pulp infection, these dentists place a high priority on making sure the procedure is not stressful. If you have severe tooth pain and need to schedule a root canal, call DentalHome today or use the online booking feature.
A root canal is the only option for treating an infection in the pulp of your tooth. The pulp is the soft tissue in the center of your tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and cells that produce dentin, the calcium-like substance inside your teeth.
Pulp resides in a narrow canal, called the root canal, that begins at the bottom of each tooth root and runs up the middle of the two sides of the root. The two sides meet in a small opening in the center of the tooth.
Normally, your pulp is protected from infection by the hard enamel covering. But if you have a cavity, or a tooth with a crack or chip, bacteria can get through the enamel and cause a pulp infection.
Once you have this type of infection, it doesn’t heal on its own and it can’t be cured with antibiotics. You can treat it with a root canal procedure and preserve your tooth, or you can have the tooth extracted.
Many patients find that sudden, severe pain is their first symptom. However, you may have earlier symptoms that you didn’t realize were signs of an infection, such as:
By the time you feel pain, the infection may have spread into your gum and formed an abscess. The ongoing infection erodes your jawbone and eventually works its way into your bloodstream. When that happens, you’ll develop other infections in places like your skin, heart, and eyes.
Before your procedure you’ll receive anesthesia, with or without a sedative, to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. At the start of a root canal, your doctor at DentalHome makes a small hole in the crown of the affected tooth. Then a specialized instrument is inserted through the hole and into the pulp, where it’s used to remove all the soft tissue.
After the canal is cleansed, your doctor fills it with a putty-like material, puts a filling in the hole, and your root canal is over. If your tooth has been weakened by decay or injury, your dentist may recommend having a crown placed over the tooth to restore its strength.
If you’re experiencing tooth pain, schedule an appointment at DentalHome online or by phone today.