If your tooth is suffering from a large crack, cavity, severe pain, or an abscess, Dr. Connell might recommend gentle root canal therapy (also known as endodontic therapy) to help save it.
If the idea of a root canal makes you feel nervous, don’t let it! Your comfort is always our priority at Exceptional Dentistry At Johns Creek and we have sedation dentistry options to help you relax during root canal therapy. Some people even fall asleep during their root canal!
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures, reportedly performed well over 14 million times each year in the United States. This treatment is designed to help save your natural teeth and keep you from needing dental implants or bridges.
During root canal therapy, Dr. Connell removes the living tissue inside your tooth, including the nerves, and excises any bacteria or decay. After this step is completed, Dr. Connell cleans out the chamber, treats it with a medicated material, and then fills it.
This process is designed to restore the previously damaged tooth to its full function, and usually lasts a lifetime. Once your root canal therapy is completed, Dr. Connell will place a dental crown to protect your tooth.
The CEREC Difference
Most dental practices have you wear a temporary crown and make you wait 2 weeks while they wait on the lab to send them your permanent dental crown. At Exceptional Dentistry At Johns Creek, we use advanced CEREC technology to fabricate your crown on the very same day as your root canal.
Do I Need A Root Canal?
Dr. Connell may recommend root canal therapy if you’re experiencing:
- Swelling and tenderness of your gums
- Severe tooth pain or sensitivity
- An abscess on your gums
- Sharp pain when biting down or chewing
These signs can indicate that decay has reached the pulp of your tooth, resulting in infection or an abscess inside the tooth or at the root.
Schedule Your Consultation With Exceptional Dentistry At Johns Creek Today!
If you’re experiencing dental pain, it’s important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Connell as soon as possible.
Dental abscesses, cracked teeth, and large cavities cannot heal themselves and it’s imperative to treat them immediately to help keep the rest of your mouth healthy and pain-free – and to protect yourself from potentially dangerous systemic infections.
A consultation with Dr. Connell at our Suwanee dental office is the perfect way to answer all of your questions and determine if root canal therapy is needed to help save the tooth that is causing you pain!