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Root Canals

A Smile 4U

Dentists located in Cartersville, Dalton, East Point, Hiram, and Decatur, GA, and Oxford, MI

More than 14 million root canals are performed each year, and an overwhelming majority of patients are satisfied with the results: tooth pain is gone, and you won’t lose the affected tooth if you get your root canal early enough. The caring dental team at A Smile 4 U offers root canals to help save your natural teeth if they’re infected. Call their offices in Cartersville, Dalton, East Point, Decatur, and Hiram, Georgia, or Oxford, Mississippi, or schedule an appointment online to find out if a root canal is the best treatment for you.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that involves the removal of the soft tissue that’s inside of your tooth, which is called the pulp. The pulp contains nerves and blood vessels and is responsible for the growth of your teeth. If this pulp becomes infected or otherwise damaged, it may need to be removed via a root canal to maintain your mouth’s health and alleviate pain in the affected tooth.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

There are several reasons why a root canal may be necessary for you. Common ways that the pulp in your tooth can become damaged and warrant a root canal include:

  • Decay from an untreated cavity
  • A cracked or chipped tooth
  • Tooth injuries without cracks or chips
  • Excessive dental work on a tooth

 Symptoms of damaged or infected pulp to watch out for include:

  • Tooth pain
  • Swelling in your gums
  • Heat sensation in your gums

To confirm your need for a root canal, your dentist will need to take an X-ray of your mouth and examine the affected tooth closely.

How is a root canal performed?

There are several steps to a root canal procedure. Many patients assume that it will be painful, but that isn’t necessarily the case. You’ll be awake but won’t feel anything while your dentist works. The team does offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) if indicated.

At your appointment, your dentist begins by injecting your gum with anesthesia, which numbs your mouth. Your dentist makes a small opening in the top of your tooth to carefully remove the damaged pulp and clean the inside of your tooth. Then, the tooth and surrounding area will be coated in an antibiotic to prevent your tooth from getting infected. Finally, your tooth will be filled and sealed, so you aren’t left with a gaping hole vulnerable to more damage. You should be able to drive home after your treatment and return to your normal routine.

What happens after a root canal? 

After your root canal, you should make an appointment with your restorative dentist, who will decide which dental restoration procedure is most suitable, based on your treatment record. While complications are rare, if you have any concerns following your root canal, call A Smile 4 U to schedule a checkup.

If you have severe tooth pain, a root canal might be necessary for you to keep the tooth if it’s infected. To find out if you need a root canal, call or schedule an appointment online with the team at A Smile 4 U.