Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy Specialist
Dr. Freeman performs root canal treatments with the most modern technology at his practice, Atlanta Dentistry by Design, to deliver high quality results while minimizing discomfort for patients from in and around Atlanta, Georgia.

Root Canal Therapy

by Paul Freeman, DDS

 

What is a root canal or endodontic treatment?

An endodontic treatment, most often a root canal, saves a severely injured, cracked, or decayed tooth when its pulp is infected and inflamed. If it is not treated promptly, pain, swelling, or a tooth abscess results. Root canal treatment is completed in 1-3 office visits, depending on the infections and the required treatment plan. After the treatment, the tooth will function like any other tooth. The restored tooth can last a lifetime with good oral hygiene including regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups.

What are endodontists?

Endodontists are dentists who specialize in treating the interior of teeth and root canals. Endodontists have two additional years of education and specialized training in the care and treatment of tooth pulp and the inner parts of the tooth after completing their general dentistry training.

What are the warning signs that I might need a root canal?

If you experience any of the following problems or issues, make an appointment with Dr. Freeman. It is also important to know that an endodontic problem can exist without symptoms. Routine checkups and x-rays can diagnose these issues before they develop into a more serious condition.

  • Tooth or gum pain, discoloration, or prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
  • A tooth that is sore to touch
  • A tooth abscess or pus drainage
  • Swelling or tenderness of the lymph nodes under your jaw

What happens during a root canal?

Dr. Freeman will apply a local anesthetic to the affected tooth and surrounding area. He will then insert a small, protective sheet called a “dental dam” to isolate the tooth to keep it clean and free of saliva during your procedure. Once the anesthetic takes effect, he will make an opening in the top of the tooth and will remove the soft pulp and nerve and then shape the interior for filling. Then the root canal is cleaned, medicated, and filled with a rubber-like biocompatible material and sealed. Dr. Freeman will apply a filling and take the molds for a permanent restoration like a crown. A temporary crown is fitted until you return for the permanent crown to be installed.

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