We know no one loves root canals, but they are necessary to preserve or strengthen an infected or damaged tooth. At her Bella Hanono Family Dentistry office in Alpharetta, Georgia, Dr. Bella Hanono has administered countless root canals during her over 25 years in dentistry. With her gentle and calm approach, Dr. Hanono usually makes root canals as uneventful as possible.
Let’s take a crash course on your tooth anatomy to understand the root canal procedure. Your tooth is a remarkably intricate structure with distinct layers and components contributing to its functionality. The outer, white part of the tooth is the enamel — an extraordinarily tough substance that safeguards the tooth from daily wear and tear. At the centermost part of the tooth lies the pulp chamber, containing sensitive nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.
While the enamel is the hardest part of the body, it can be vulnerable to cavities and injuries. Cracks or decay in the tooth can allow harmful bacteria to infiltrate the pulp chamber, causing infection. When the tooth is infected, pressure builds up within the tooth, causing pain, especially when chewing.
Unfortunately, infection in the tooth nerves can’t be reversed with antibiotics or the body’s immunity. You need a root canal; otherwise, your tooth risks extraction.
You’ve probably heard horror stories about root canals. However, the reality is that modern root canals are anything but painless. Thanks to advanced anesthetics, light touch techniques, and advanced technology, modern root canals are no more painful than a cavity filling. Instead of causing pain, a root canal relieves tooth pain.
But what’s the procedure like? If you suspect an infected tooth, we’ll restore its health with the simple root canal steps below.
After the procedure, you may experience mild pain for a few days. We’ll recommend home remedies and over-the-counter pain relievers to manage discomfort. You should follow our aftercare instructions and attend follow-up appointments to avoid complications.