If the inner tissues of your teeth become infected or injured, it can affect the roots of your tooth and compromise the health of the tooth, causing pain and sensitivity, and if untreated can cause abscesses and eventually lead to extraction. Dr. Mark Rowe can provide you with root canal therapy to remove the diseased tissue and restore the health of your tooth. Call Meadowbrook Family Dentistry today at 770-622-5909 to learn more about root canal therapy in Duluth, Georgia, and make your appointment with our experienced dentist.
Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth and reach vertically to the tip of the root. All teeth have between one and four root canals, which supply the pulp, or inner nerve tissues of the tooth, with the blood and nutrients it needs to remain healthy. Many tooth problems involve infections that spread to the pulp. When these infections worsen, or when you experience a traumatic injury, it can affect the roots and pulp, and cause you to develop dental problems. If left untreated, the tooth may need to be extracted.
Root canal therapy is a treatment in which our dentist removes the diseased tissue from your tooth, halting the spread of infection and restoring the healthy portion of your tooth. This treatment is designed to save the tooth, preventing extraction and helping you to enjoy your natural tooth for years to come.
Most root canal procedures can be completed in one to three visits. When you receive your treatment, our dentist will drill a small hole through the top of the tooth and into the inner chamber. The diseased tissue will be removed, the inner chamber cleansed and disinfected, and the tiny canals reshaped. We will then fill the cleansed chamber and canals with an elastic material and medication designed to prevent infection. If necessary, the drilled hole will be temporarily filled until you can receive a dental crown to permanently seal the tooth against further infection and damage.
Root canal therapy is more comfortable than most patients realize. Thanks to advances in dentistry, we can provide your treatment with little or no discomfort or pain, and provide you with a restored tooth that can last almost as long as its healthy original.
Please call us today to learn more about root canal therapy and schedule your consultation with our dentist.