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Root canal treatment is easily the most commonly performed of all endodontic procedures. Endodontics focuses on resolving diseases of the dental pulp, the inner part of the tooth that contains connective tissues, blood vessels, and nerves. Root canal treatment is also among the most misrepresented of all dental procedures. The reality is root canal therapy in Alpharetta GA and elsewhere is similar to a simple filling, yet fillings aren’t plagued by the same type of misinformation that inspires fear.
Likely, many people associate root canal treatment with pain because it is done to resolve inflammation and infection. It is the inflamed and infected pulp that can be quite painful. Root canal treatment isn’t the source of pain; in fact, it relieves pain, so you can finally sleep through the night again, chew food without experiencing a throbbing toothache, and focus on your work and family. Moreover, the type of infection that is treated with root canal therapy doesn’t go away on its own. If allowed to progress without treatment, even the most talented dentist may not be able to save your tooth. The root canal procedure sets itself apart from other dental treatments as the only way to save a badly damaged or infected tooth. As bad as the symptoms of tooth decay may feel, without treatment it can only get worse. A dental abscess is a type of infection commonly characterized by swelling. This infection can spread throughout the face and jaw, and to other parts of the body. If the abscess doesn’t drain, it can develop into a life-threatening systemic infection or sepsis.
A founding member of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health, Dr. Bradley Hepler, and the team at the Atlanta Center for Dental Health have left no stone unturned when it comes to creating a comfortable environment and pleasant experience — from the moment you schedule an appointment to the follow-up you receive after the treated tooth is restored with a beautiful crown.
As with all treatments, root canal therapy starts with an examination. It’s important to get into a healthy routine of check-ups and cleanings at Dr. Hepler’s office at least every 6 months. If you have risk factors for dental diseases, such as a genetic predisposition toward gum disease, Dr. Hepler may recommend more frequent check-ups. Preventive services help you or a loved one avoid the need for restorative treatments, such as root canal therapy. Generally, the earlier dental problems are identified and treated, the less extensive, costly, and time-consuming the procedure will be. If you’re experiencing any of the following problems or are simply due for a check-up, don’t hesitate to contact Atlanta Center for Dental Health:
If your tooth needs root canal treatment to resolve pain and restore oral health, the procedure starts with a local anesthetic to numb the tooth. This step is no different than when a tooth is numbed for a filling to repair a cavity. After the treatment area is fully numb, your dentist will use specialized tools to access the center of the tooth. You will feel nothing. The infected tissue is removed, and the canal is cleaned and sealed off to prevent reinfection. Usually, root canal therapy is followed by the application of a temporary crown. As your body heals and the infection is resolved, your permanent crown will be made by a skilled lab technician. You’ll return to the dentist in about two weeks, at which time the permanent crown is placed, checked for fit and appearance, adjusted as needed, and finally bonded to the natural tooth structure.