If you have an infected or severely decayed tooth, a root canal can save it from requiring extraction. At Park Family Dentistry in Stone Mountain, Georgia, Chin Park, DMD, and his experienced dental team use advanced dental equipment and procedures to complete root canals, to restore damaged teeth. Schedule an appointment with Park Family Dentistry by phone or online at the first sign of a toothache to find out if a root canal is right for you.
A root canal is a dental restoration procedure in which Dr. Park removes infected tissue inside of your tooth, cleans it, fills it with a special material, and places a crown over the restored tooth to protect it. A root canal helps prevent the need for permanent tooth extraction. See your dentist at the first sign of tooth pain to help save the tooth.
The following signs and symptoms may indicate you require a root canal:
With tooth trauma or decay, bacteria can enter the softcore inside your tooth, called the pulp. This can lead to infection, pulp death, and tooth or bone loss.
The earlier you seek treatment after experiencing signs of tooth trauma or decay, the more likely it is your dentist can restore the tooth with a root canal or other dental restoration procedure.
Prior to a root canal, Dr. Park examines your tooth, reviews your symptoms, and takes dental X-rays to determine the severity of tooth damage you have.
During treatment, he numbs the tooth and surrounding tissues and removes the diseased part of your tooth’s pulp. He cleans the pulp chamber, may apply medicine to it and reshapes the inside of your tooth when necessary. He fills the chamber with rubber compound and sealer paste and places a dental filling on top.
You may require a porcelain dental crown that fits securely over the filling to further protect your tooth, strengthen it, and restore its appearance to look like your natural, surrounding teeth.
After root canal treatment, your tooth might be a little sensitive. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers may help alleviate discomfort. Care for a restored tooth as you do with your other teeth by brushing twice daily and flossing every day. Call your dentist if root canal pain lasts more than several days, and keep routine dental exams and cleanings every six months.
At the first sign of tooth pain, schedule an appointment with Park Family Dentistry over the phone or online to find out if a root canal is right for you.