When and Why You Might Need a Root Canal
A root canal is needed when damage occurs to a tooth’s pulp. This can happen due to injury or due to severe tooth decay. A root canal is often a dreaded procedure but this can be an alternative to a tooth extraction and can be a very effective way to eliminate tooth pain. While root canals can take two or more appointments, your Oakton Family dentist will work to make each appointment as comfortable as possible for you; we strongly believe in practicing gentle dentistry.
The extent of the procedure and effectiveness will depend on how extensive the tooth damage is. During the root canal treatment, the area is assessed and then the damaged and dead pulp is removed and the area is then sealed.
What is needed after a Root Canal?
After a root canal, you should consider having a porcelain crown placed over the tooth; this will help prevent tooth breakage. This is especially helpful if extensive restoration was done, leaving a thin shell of a tooth. If pain, swelling, and other problems occur after root canal treatment, you may need to meet with your dentist again to determine whether or not further work needs to be done.
No one really wants to have a root canal but when you need one, you want it done right. Oakton Family Dentistry offers quality dental services (family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry) and has an extensive history in performing root canals. We are highly accredited dental professionals who place a priority on quality and patient comfort. Our Atlanta dental testimonials speak volumes about our commitment to putting patient care first.