Dental One Associates of Kennesaw
2616 George Busbee Parkway NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144
Root canals are routine procedures that remove the inflamed or infected pulp from inside a tooth. Since the pulp contains the tooth’s nerves, a root canal alleviates toothache pain permanently.
You would need a root canal to save your natural tooth if the pulp is damaged or affected by trauma or decay. Signs that you may need treatment include:
If you have any of these symptoms, please contact our office. We will schedule an appointment for you with our dentist.
A root canal dentist is a general dentist who is skilled in the procedure. Complex root canals are referred to endodontists, who are specialists in diagnosing and treating dental pulp.
Straightforward root canals take one to two hours, depending on how many roots hold the tooth in place. Typically:
Your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area.
After a week or two, you will return for a root canal crown to cover the tooth. The crown is essential as teeth become weaker after the procedure and they can break without the added strength of a crown.
Factors that influence your cost includes the number of roots the tooth has and whether a general dentist can perform the procedure or you need a referral to an endodontist. If you have dental insurance, it may cover a percentage of the cost. Your dentist can tell you your anticipated cost after assessing the tooth.
Standard root canals are by far the most common; however, there are treatments for failed root canals, apicoectomies, which involves removing the tip of the root. For children, a dentist may perform a pediatric pulpotomy, removing the pulp but leaving the nerves intact.
Despite what you may have heard, root canals are painless procedures that stop toothache pain. Your dentist will ensure that the tooth is numb before beginning the procedure.
For virtually painless root canals, call us to schedule your appointment with our dentist.