While teeth are made up of the hardest substance in the human body, tooth enamel, they are not invincible. When permanent teeth erupt into the mouth they are intended to last a lifetime. However, 80+ years is a very long time for teeth to remain healthy and they often need dental attention. Dental decay, tooth injury, and trauma can all cause a tooth to become damaged or infected. When infection is present inside a tooth, the pulp of the tooth (the network of blood vessels and nerves) must be removed and the tooth treated in order to restore the health of the tooth. This procedure is called root canal therapy.
People often associate root canal therapy with pain, but what you need to understand is that root canals are not painful – infected teeth are painful! A root canal therapy procedure is done to remove your pain and restore your tooth. An infected tooth is extremely painful and it can debilitate your day to day life. The nerves inside the human body are the most sensitive things on earth, and any infection or damage to them will cause severe discomfort.
Root canal therapy involves cleaning out the center of the tooth. The damaged pulp will be removed, the infection will be removed, an antibiotic will be placed inside the tooth to promote healing, the tooth will be filled and then sealed to protect against further damage. This procedure is done under local anesthesia, or complete sedation if needed, so that no pain will be felt. Understanding this should help make you more confident in seeking treatment!
At Family & Cosmetic Dental Care in Johns Creek, Dr. Mitul Patel, DDS, is here to provide exceptional root canal therapy to patients whose teeth need to be restored. Please do not let fear of the procedure keep you from seeking the treatment that you need. Infected teeth that are not treated in a timely manner will have a negative impact on your oral health. The infection will spread to neighboring teeth and the gums, causing irreversible damage. We are here to help prevent that! Call us today.
2627 Peachtree Pkwy Suite 440
Suwanee, GA 30024
Phone: (770) 888-3384