Dental One Associates of Dunwoody
5901-B Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE, Suite 250, Atlanta, GA 30328
Root canal therapy removes your tooth’s infected soft pulp tissue. This infected tissue can be caused by a variety of problems ranging from chipped or cracked teeth to decay that has advanced the tooth’s root canals. In addition to restoring your tooth’s health, the procedure also relieves the pain that accompanies a tooth infection.
Once an infection reaches a tooth’s soft pulp tissue, treatment is needed to save the tooth and avoid long-term problems. While infected tooth roots are occasionally symptom-free, if you have any of the symptoms below, call our office to schedule an appointment to discuss dental root canal treatment:
Your routine dental root canal can be performed by a general dentist or a specialist called an endodontist. An endodontist is a root canal dentist who specializes in treating the inner part of a tooth. You may be referred to an endodontist if your situation is complex or if your tooth has had a prior root canal procedure.
We make the treatment as painless as possible by using a local anesthetic to numb the tooth before beginning the procedure. Once your tooth is numb, here’s what will happen:
1. A rubber dental dam is placed around the tooth.
2. An opening is made in the tooth’s crown.
3. Your dentist cleans out the infected pulp and reshapes the root’s canals.
4. The pulp chamber and canals are flushed with a disinfecting fluid to remove debris.
5. Roots are filled with a biocompatible substance and then sealed.
6. A root canal crown is placed over your tooth for strength, protection, and function.
Your root canal cost depends on several factors, but your dental insurance may cover part of the procedure. The severity of your tooth’s damage and the type of tooth being restored affect your procedure costs too. A front tooth, for example, has only one root while a molar has four roots. Root canals on front teeth are usually less expensive than root canals performed on back teeth. After a comprehensive evaluation by our dentists, we’ll give you a treatment estimate, so call us today to book your consultation.
Root canals can successfully restore most teeth, including front teeth, but the treatment is used most frequently on molars. There are a few alternatives to root canals. For kids, pediatric pulpotomy may be helpful, removing the tooth’s infected pulp while leaving the nerve intact. Another alternative is an apicoectomy during which the dentist removes the tooth’s root tip.
This procedure is one of the most effective ways to save your tooth. People like to joke about dreading root canals, but the relief found with the treatment can be immense if you’re suffering from unrelenting tooth pain. We also use local anesthesia to ensure your comfort during treatment. If you have tooth pain or other symptoms, don’t risk your health by delaying treatment. Call us today to find relief with a root canal in Atlanta.