The thought of a root canal makes many patients twinge. However, root canals are not scary, as many have been led to believe. Patients who are experiencing pain and discomfort from an infected tooth will benefit from having root canal therapy, which can eliminate the pain and allow the patient to go about their life without dental problems holding them back. This is accomplished by the dentist performing a root canal therapy.

Root canal therapy is a routine procedure that is done on a tooth that has become damaged, infected, or decayed to the point where the dental pulp inside has been affected. The dental pulp inside of a natural tooth is where the nerves, blood supply, and tissues are housed. When decay, trauma, or infection has reached this portion of the tooth, patients may begin to feel pain and discomfort. The only way to address this is to perform root canal therapy.

The procedure is relatively simple. First, the patient is properly numbed with local anesthetic and the dentist at Smyrna Dental drills into the tooth to reach the dental pulp. Small instruments are used to remove the dental pulp and the area is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Then the tooth is filled and sealed, and a dental crown is placed over the tooth to protect it from damage.

After a root canal, patients return home with aftercare instructions from Smyrna Dental, and are able to enjoy life again without dental pain! Instead of being a feared procedure, root canals should be celebrated for eliminating pain and discomfort from a patient’s mouth. It is also the best way to address a diseased tooth without requiring an extraction and further reconstructive procedures. Root canals can save a natural tooth, resulting in less expense and fewer concerns for the patient in the future.

If you are experiencing unexplained pain or discomfort in a tooth, it may require root canal therapy. Call the team at Smyrna Dental today at (678) 374-3764 to schedule an initial examination to determine if a root canal is necessary to eliminate the dental concerns that you have.

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Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.

Dr. David Lamothe

Dr. David Lamothe at Smyrna Dental is dedicated to helping patients get back their confidence with a healthy and a happy smile. He provides services ranging from cosmetic and restorative dentistry with the help of the latest digital technology and equipment. With treatment options such as dental crowns, bridges, and full mouth reconstruction, Dr. Lamothe will help regain the smile you have always dreamed of.

Dr. Lamothe earned his dentistry degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch. He pursued to advance his knowledge with practice and continuous education through dental courses specializing in restorative and cosmetic dental techniques. Due to his years of expertise and skills, he is valued as a member of the National Dental Association and prestigious dental associations.