How a root canal from your Roswell, Georgia dentist can save your smile
If you’ve been told you need a root canal, you probably conjure up all sorts of images and fears about the procedure. The truth is root canals have become the state-of-the-art way to save a damaged tooth. Dr. Wyman Martin at The Martin Dental Center For Oral Health And Aesthetics in Roswell, Georgia, wants to share the facts about root canal therapy.
Before there was root canal therapy, the treatment for a diseased, damaged tooth was often extracting the tooth. There are many reasons why you should choose saving your tooth instead of removing it. When you have a tooth extracted your choices are:
- Not replacing the tooth; this results in less chewing function, an incomplete smile, and collapse of the dental arch due to tooth movement.
- Using a removable partial denture; this can slip around when you speak or eat, and be uncomfortable to wear.
- Having a dental bridge made; this requires crowning the adjacent teeth which will support the bridge.
- Placing a dental implant; this is expensive.
During a root canal, Dr. Martin will remove the diseased and infected tissue using tiny instruments. He will place a sedative material inside your tooth to decrease inflammation, pressure, and pain.
After your tooth has calmed down, he will shape the canals and seal them with a rubbery, inert material known as gutta-percha. As a finishing touch, your tooth is resealed with a small filling or protected with a dental crown. That’s it! Pain relieved and you still get to keep your tooth!
You shouldn’t fear a root canal! Instead, contact an expert like Dr. Martin. He will ensure you are comfortable and relaxed before, during, and after your appointment. For more information about root canal treatment, call Dr. Wyman Martin at The Martin Dental Center For Oral Health And Aesthetics in Roswell, Georgia. Call today!