What is a Root Canal?

Your teeth are made up of three layers: an enamel layer on the outside, then a layer of dentin (the hard bony tissue that makes up the bulk of the tooth), and finally a soft inside core that extends into the root in your jawbone. A root canal is a dental procedure that is done when this core layer becomes inflamed, infected, or even is dead. The pulp and decay are removed to help preserve the infected tooth and prevent further decay.

How to Know if You Need a Root Canal?

The best way to know for sure is to come in for a visit so we can examine your tooth. Some warning signs to look out for are:

  • Persistent pain
  • Sensitivity to cold and heat
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Pain when you eat
  • Swollen gums

If you’re experiencing one or more of the above symptoms, come in immediately to see the dentist.

How Does it Work?

The procedure for a root canal is relatively simple. The dentist will drill into the tooth and remove the pulp and decay from the canals before filling the canals and sealing them with cement. You may also be given antibiotics to help kill the rest of the infection.

If there is significant damage to the tooth or the root canal was done on a back tooth, you will need to come back once your tooth is healed to get a crown put on. The crown will help strengthen and stabilize the tooth.

Tooth Pain? Come to Bain Dental Group For Help!

At Bain Dental Group, our goal is to provide our patients with a comprehensive approach to dentistry and we use the latest technology to help ensure they get the best possible service. With offices in Villa Rica, Bowdon, and Carrollton, Georgia, we can offer same-day treatment and accept most dental insurances. We don’t need to refer out to a specialist in most cases because our team is able to render specialized services!

If you have tooth pain it’s important to act quickly, make an appointment today!

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