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The Truth about Root Canal Therapy. Can A Root Canal Save My Tooth?
At the Martin Dental Center for Oral Health and Aesthetics in Roswell, Georgia, the answer is YES! Root canal therapy (Endodontics) can be the answer to keeping a tooth. Dr. Wyman Martin performs root canal therapy regularly, providing patients with the opportunity to keep their natural teeth. Not too many years ago, the answer to dental pain was removing the tooth. Now, thanks to modern techniques and the skill of Dr. Martin, patients of Roswell, Georgia usually don’t have to face the unpleasant prospect of tooth removal.
Root canals are typically performed when there has been some injury to the inside (the pulp) of the tooth, resulting in pain. Pulpal injury can be caused from dental decay, trauma, or a dental abscess. Occasionally, a tooth can just die for an unknown reason and the tooth will become discolored, but there is no pain. This means there is no inflammation of the pulp. In these cases, root canal therapy may be completed in one appointment.
However, for more painful or inflamed teeth, two or more appointments may be required to complete a root canal. At the initial appointment, the involved tooth is opened and the pulp containing the blood and nerve supply is removed. The tooth is then covered with a temporary filling. This appointment is known as a first-step, or endodontic start appointment.
At the second appointment, called an endodontic complete appointment, the canals which formerly housed the roots of the tooth are further hollowed out and shaped. These canals are then filled with a gummy, rubber substance called gutta percha. The tooth opening is then covered with a permanent filling. After root canal therapy, a porcelain or gold crown is often placed on the tooth to ensure stability and strength.
Root canals are completed with minimum discomfort, so if you experience any lasting dental pain, don’t hesitate. Stop in for a consultation with Dr. Wyman Martin of Roswell, Georgia, and see what he can do for you.