Millions of teeth are treated and saved each year with root canals, according to the American Association of Endodontists. Pulp and nerves lie in the center of the tooth. When pulp becomes infected, a root canal may be recommended. For treatment, the infected tissue is removed and the root canal is carefully cleaned, disinfected, and sealed. To complete the procedure, the tooth is restored with an attractive looking porcelain crown. With root canals, dentists like Dr. David Lamothe at Smyrna Dental can usually save the affected tooth and provide relief from pain caused by a toothache.
We understand cost is among many factors considered when deciding on the right treatment. The cost of root canal therapy depends on the individual needs of patients. However, our team is happy to work with patients to determine their insurance plan coverage. We also offer financing options to help patients receive the treatments necessary for the health of their smiles.
Patients enjoy many benefits from root canals including gums that are no longer swollen or tender, eating and drinking without sensitivity to cold or hot, and alleviation of severe toothache pain. After the crown is placed, they often experience an improved ability to bite normally and chew efficiently. A crown helps prevent excessive wear or strain by serving as “cap” placed on the tooth that was treated with root canal therapy. Patients also can smile confidently because our crowns are designed to blend naturally with their smiles.
Prevention is always the best practice. Although teeth can become infected from trauma to the mouth, in many cases, infections can be prevented. Therefore, it is important to practice excellent oral hygiene habits including brushing at least twice a day, flossing before bedtime, and keeping dental appointments at least biannually that include teeth cleanings and examinations.
Smyrna Dental would love to help you protect the health of your smile as well as preserve its beauty. To learn more about all of our services, call our team at (678) 374-3764.