The word “root canal” may inspire fear in some, but it’s actually one of the most routine and commonly performed dental procedures in the United States. Damian Sommerville, DDS, regularly performs simple, hassle-free root canals at Marietta Dental and Implant Center in Marietta, Georgia. A root canal can save an infected tooth that would otherwise require extraction. If you’re concerned about getting a root canal, call the office or schedule a consultation online with Dr. Sommerville to discuss procedure specifics.
A root canal is a tooth-saving treatment that targets infection in your tooth’s root. You need a root canal when inflammation or infection affects the roots of a tooth, specifically the pulp inside it. The procedure alleviates pain and restores the health and function of your tooth.
A root canal involves Dr. Sommerville removing the damaged pulp inside the tooth. If left untreated, an infected or inflamed pulp can progress and lead to severe decay or even tooth loss.
A root canal can save your teeth from needing to be extracted.
First, Dr. Sommerville uses a local anesthetic to numb the affected tooth, minimizing discomfort during the procedure. He also places a rubber sheet around the tooth to keep it clean and dry throughout.
After he’s all set up, Dr. Sommerville begins by using a special dental drill to create a hole in the top of your tooth. This will allow him to access the pulp inside. With special dental instruments, he carefully removes the damaged pulp. He then cleans the inner chamber of your tooth with water and disinfectant material.
To finish up, he fills in the canal with a rubber-like material and seals the top of your tooth.
After a root canal, there’s no significant downtime. However, Dr. Sommerville may recommend getting a dental crown to provide extra protection from future damage or infection for the affected tooth. A crown can also help restore the tooth’s healthy appearance.
Within a week or two of your root canal, you’ll come back to the office for a follow-up visit. During this visit, Dr. Sommerville evaluates your tooth to make sure there aren’t any remaining signs of infection.
This is commonly misunderstood. The answer is no; a root canal isn’t painful. In fact, it relieves your pain. Dr. Sommerville uses sedation during root canal treatment to make the procedure as comfortable and straightforward as possible. After a root canal procedure, the pain and sensitivity you were experiencing before treatment on your infected pulp will subside.
If you have questions or concerns about a root canal, call the office or book a consultation online today.