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Dental One Associates of Toco Hills
2882 N Druid Hills Road NE, Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30329

What’s the Purpose of a Root Canal Procedure?

Occasionally, a tooth becomes so decayed that infection reaches the root canals of your tooth. When that happens, the soft, pulpy tissue inside your roots becomes diseased, leading to considerable pain. If left untreated, this infection can spread and lead to significant tooth, jaw and health issues. Root canal surgery removes the infected tissue, relieving your pain and repairing your tooth.

What Are Signs That a Root Canal Is Needed?

Always pay attention to tooth pain, as it’s a warning sign that there’s a problem with your tooth. Take a look below to discover other symptoms that may point to the need for treatment:

  • Swollen gums near the infected tooth
  • Steady tooth pain that is severe to moderate
  • Tooth sensitivity to touch and hot or cold temperatures
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Pain that occurs when you bite or chew

What Type of Dentist Specializes in Root Canals?

Endodontists specialize in treating the tooth’s inner area, and they’re often recommended for patients whose cases are complex or when re-treatment is required. For routine cases, a general dentist can also perform the treatment. If you are searching for an experienced root canal dentist, call us to consult with one of our skilled dentists.

What’s the Process for Dental Root Canal Therapy?

The procedure takes from one to two hours. Here’s what will happen:

  1. Your dentist numbs the tooth.
  2. A rubber shield is used to isolate the tooth and keep it free of saliva.
  3. Our dentist makes an opening in the crown of the tooth.
  4. Using very small instruments, our dentist removes the infected pulp tissue and cleans and shapes the tooth’s root canals.
  5. The now-empty root canals are filled with a biocompatible material and sealed.
  6. A root canal crown caps your tooth to prevent the tooth from fracturing.

What’s the Typical Price for Root Canals?

Each patient’s costs are unique, depending on issues such as how damaged the tooth is, whether work is needed to prepare the tooth, and whether the procedure is performed by a dentist or endodontist. The number of roots in your tooth also affect the price. Front teeth have only one root, while a molar has four roots. Your dental insurance may cover part of your root canal cost. Call our office to schedule an evaluation with our experienced dentists, and we can give you a cost estimate based on your individual needs.

How Do Root Canals Differ?

Standard root canals are used most frequently to save a molar, but the treatment can be effective on all types of teeth. If you have had an unsuccessful previous treatment, your dentist may recommend an apicoectomy. This treatment removes the tip of the tooth root. A pediatric pulpotomy may be effective for some patients, removing the diseased pulp from the tooth and leaving the nerve in place.

What Should I Know About Dental Root Canal Treatment?

Delaying root canal treatment when you are experiencing pain or other symptoms puts your health at risk and leads to needless suffering. We’ll use local anesthesia to keep you comfortable during the procedure and provide pain relief. If you think you may need a root canal in Atlanta, call our office today.

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  • Monday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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  • Monday
    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday
    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday
    8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
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    8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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2882 N Druid Hills Road NE, Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30329

(404) 410-7841