Precision root canal therapy in Alpharetta, GA relieves painful toothaches, preserves natural teeth
What procedure both stops the unrelenting pressure and pain of a bad toothache, while also preventing the need for a dental extraction?Root canal therapy is the answer to both immediately resolving pain, while also preserving or “saving” a badly decayed or otherwise badly damaged tooth. Root canal treatment is only associated with pain due to the painful conditions that it eliminates. Also, treatment at the Alpharetta, GA office of Bella Hanono Family Dentistry is straightforward, gentle, safe, precise, and efficient. In fact, it is little more extensive as a treatment than a simple filling. Think of it as a deep cleaning for the innermost parts of your affected tooth.
How treatment saves your tooth
Underneath the outermost protective enamel and the softer dentin layer, each tooth naturally contains soft tissue. This pulp, as it’s called, also contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. It connects the tips of the tooth roots to the surrounding tissue. During the development of the teeth, a “live” pulp is vital for healthy growth. However, once the tooth has matured, it may be nourished by surrounding tissues. So, the tooth doesn’t depend on the pulp for its survival.
Root canal treatment involves removing the inflamed or infected pulp. Such infection or inflammation may result from extensive decay, repeated dental procedures, fractures, or other trauma. This nonsurgical endodontic procedure (“endo” for “inside” and “odont” for “tooth”), cleans, sterilizes, and reshapes the root canals at the center of the tooth after the damaged soft tissue is removed. The process is book-ended by these steps:
- Local anesthetic is precisely administered to numb the treatment site. So, you won’t feel anything during treatment.
- The tooth is isolated with a protective sheet, which helps to keep it clean and dry throughout.
- An opening is made in the crown, which immediately relieves painful pressure.
- The pulp chamber and root canals are accessed.
- After these inner areas are cleaned and reshaped, the root canals are filled with a rubber like guttapercha material.
- The filling material is fixed into place, sealing off the canals and preventing reinfection.
The “finishing touch” is usually the placement of a crown to restore the appearance of the visible part of the tooth above the gumline. There are many opportunities to, in partnership with you, prevent the oral conditions that ultimately lead to the need for root canal therapy. We encourage you to call us sooner rather than later to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hanono.