You thought you could ignore it … but the pain only got worse.

You hoped that dark spot was just a bit of food that you missed. You were wrong.
Now, you are holding the side of your mouth, wincing in pain when you try to eat anything — and sometimes even when who aren’t biting or chewing at all.

You have a tooth infection, and you need a root canal treatment. At Blankenship Family Dentistry, you can get the service you need, in a comfortable setting, so you can start feeling like yourself again.

Call 770-766-8995 to make an appointment and get your smile and your oral health back on track.

Deal With The Problem

We’ve seen many people’s faces when they find out they need a root canal. This procedure carries an unfair perception as being painful.

It’s important to remember that how dental procedures on television and in movies are not good representations of the reality of the situation. Even if you heard a bad story from someone who had a root canal years ago, we use modern techniques to minimize pain during this treatment. Many people report they don’t feel anything, and others have told us that getting a root canal is no worse than getting a filling.

Remember is that a root canal does two important things for your oral health. First, it is how we remove the infected tissue from your mouth (reducing your risk of more infections). Second, it allows us to restore the appearance and the function of your tooth so you can smile, bite, and chew confidently again.

What To Expect

First and foremost, your comfort is essential to us. At a minimum, you will receive local anesthesia, and our doctors are careful to make sure you are feeling the effects of the anesthetic before they begin.

If you want added assurance or would like to reduce your dental anxiety about the procedure, as about our oral sedation option. You can take a dose of medication to block the pain and keep you calm and relaxed while we do what needs to be done.

After the infected tissue has been removed, we clean the inside of the tooth. Then, we gently add a rubber-like filling material inside your tooth. This reduces your risk of reinfection and helps to strengthen what’s left of your tooth.

The final step is placing a dental crown on your tooth, so it looks and functions like normal.

Keep Your Healthy Smile

While we are confident that we can help you if you ever have a tooth infection, we would prefer to help you avoid any reasons for needing a root canal treatment. That’s why we encourage you to make regular dental cleanings and exams part of your oral care routine as well.

Whether you need to treat an infected tooth or want to prevent one, we welcome you to visit Blankenship Family Dentistry. Call our Stone Mountain office at  770-766-8995 or contact us online.