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By Dentistry at Camp Creek
October 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

When you chew, your upper left molar hurts. You feel a small bump which hurts, too; it's on your gums near the tooth. Your spouse says root canalyou have bad breath, but nothing relieves it. What's going on inside your mouth? Well, you may have a dental abscess, an infected tooth caused by extensive decay. You may require root canal therapy from your South Atlanta, GA dentists at Dentistry at Camp Creek. Dr. Travon Holt and Dr. Taren Eric Hendricks offer gentle, precise root canals that save teeth from fracture, deep cavities and infection. Read more about this reliable restoration.

Never ignore a toothache

A toothache indicates a serious dental problem. Left untreated, your only alternative may be extraction, and you don't want to travel that road with its bone and gum recession, compromised oral function, weakening of remaining teeth and unattractive smile gaps.

You may, however, qualify for a long-standing and highly reliable restoration called root canal therapy in South Atlanta. Also termed endodontics, a root canal often saves a sickly tooth for many additional years of service.

When you have a toothache, you also may experience:

  • Jaw swelling
  • A reddened, sore pimple at the gumline
  • Dental sensitivity when biting or consuming hot or cold foods
  • Persistent bad breath, or halitosis
  • A bad-tasting drainage
  • Throbbing pain
  • Fever

In short, all you can think of is your tooth. That means you need to call your dentist at Dentistry at Camp Creek.
He'll examine and X-ray it to determine the extent and nature of the damage, and he'll do everything possible to restore it to full health, function and appearance.

What happens during root canal therapy?

Your tooth has hard structure--enamel and dentin--and a soft inner core made of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. When decay or injury strikes, this interior pulp, contained in up to four root canals, is attacked by bacteria, and infection results.

During root canal therapy, Dr. Holt or Dr. Hendricks numbs the tooth and accesses the root canals with a high speed drill. One by one, the dentist in South Atlanta cleans and disinfects the canals with tiny metal files and special medication. Then, he fills and seals each canal with a rubbery substance called gutta-percha. A temporary filling or crown protects the tooth while it heals.

At the next dental visit, the dentist removes the temporary restoration and places a customized porcelain crown over the tooth. This crown will strengthen, beautify and protect the tooth for many years. The American Academy of Endodontists, specialists who perform thousands of root canal procedures annually, says that while the crown may require replacement after a decade or so, the tooth itself should last a lifetime. Just be sure you brush and floss daily and get semi-annual cleanings and exams with your dentist.

Contact us

Please don't suffer from toothache pain or other uncomfortable symptoms. Find out what Dentistry at Camp Creek can do to restore your oral health. Call (404) 629-9290 for an appointment in Atlanta, GA.