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By Dentistry at Camp Creek
August 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal   tooth pain  

What your dentist in South Atlanta, Georgia wants you to know

Tooth pain can be unbearable, and your immediate reaction may be to have the tooth removed. Don’t do it! There is a better answer, root root canalcanal treatment! Root canal therapy, also known as endodontics, is the way to permanently get rid of tooth pain and still keep your tooth. Dr. Travon Holt at Dentistry at Camp Creek in South Atlanta, Georgia wants to share how a root canal can help you.

So, what are some of the reasons you may need a root canal? The innermost area of your tooth, an area called the pulp chamber, contains the nerves and blood supply to your tooth. If the pulp chamber is bruised or damaged, the pulp becomes inflamed, causing pressure and pain. The tooth is beginning to die.

Common reasons you may experience pulp damage include:

  • Severe tooth decay that has penetrated the pulp
  • Tooth trauma from an injury or an accident to your jaws or face
  • Chronic trauma from grinding or clenching your teeth
  • Excessive tooth wear from a poorly-positioned bite

If you notice tooth pain that increases after you eat or drink hot or cold beverages, you may need a root canal. Another common sign you may notice is a white or red bump on your gums next to the root of the painful tooth. A red or white material (blood or pus) may drain out of the bump.

Root canal treatment can help you by removing the diseased, inflamed and infected tissue from inside your tooth. Treatment begins when your dentist creates a small opening in the top of your tooth. This helps to reduce the pressure which has built up inside of your tooth. The dentist removes the diseased and dying tissue from inside your tooth and draws the tissue out through the small opening. A sedative material is placed inside of your tooth, which helps to eliminate inflammation and calm your tooth down, relieving your symptoms.

After your tooth is completely pain-free and inflammation and infection are gone, your dentist will clean out any remaining dead tissue and fill your tooth with an inert material. The small opening is then sealed up with a permanent filling or dental crown.

A root canal can help you get rid of tooth pain for good, while still keeping your smile complete. For more information about how a root canal can help you and your smile, call Dr. Travon Holt at Dentistry at Camp Creek in South Atlanta, Georgia today!

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