Regular dental cleanings and exams will go a long way toward keeping your mouth healthy and your smile bright. Sometimes, however, teeth become diseased and intervention becomes necessary. Blankenship Family Dentistry can usually save a diseased tooth with root canal treatment in Stone Mountain. Some of the benefits of a root canal from Dr. Blankenship or Dr. Jordan include:Dr. Jeffrey Blankenship on root canals Read Transcript
Dr. B: Root canals have a bad reputation, and they go back years and years and years ago to a lot of the comedy shows that you see on TV where someone would go to the dentist, have a root canal, walk out with the ice packs wrapped around their face. They'd look swollen beyond belief. Well, it's not the root canal that created that problem. It was the infection that formed in the nerve of the tooth, which is a living part of the tooth. Anybody who has a restorable tooth, anything that's not destroyed beyond repair, could probably benefit from a root canal. Root canals do not create pain, they take pain away. Probably 45 to 60 percent of the patients that we do root canals on maybe take pain medicine for one dose and then not again. It's just not the way it used to be or the way it's portrayed on TV. A lot of people that hear the word “root canal” expect a very painful procedure while it's being done, and that's just not the case anymore. The whole key to doing this is to get in great anesthesia, and I will never start a root canal unless I know you're comfortable. Every step along the way with every procedure we do, especially the ones that could potentially cause people pain, I'll stop and ask how you're doing: “Are you feeling this?” And there's more than one way to get somebody numb. So, that's what we do.
- Stopping a painful toothache and providing lasting relief
- Preserving your natural tooth
- Eliminating the need for tooth extraction
- Protecting your gums and other teeth against disease
- Making eating easier
Oral sedation with a small pill is available if you need help relaxing during your root canal procedure. If you’re in pain or suspect your tooth may be infected, call us today at 770-766-8995. We can help! You’ll find our convenient office near the intersection of Lilburn-Stone Mountain Road and Hugh Howell Road.
Trust Our Experienced Dentists With Root Canal Therapy
Damage to a tooth or untreated cavities can eventually lead to infection in a tooth’s inner part, known as the pulp. This area is made up of nerves and roots and can become quite painful when infected. If you have a severe toothache, are experiencing prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold, or see discoloration in a tooth, you could have an infected tooth. Call us for an appointment today.
With root canal therapy, your dentist will:
- Access the pulp through a small opening in the top of the tooth.
Clean out the infection from inside the tooth and apply germ-killing medication to get rid of any residual bacteria.
- Use 3D thermal techniques and gentle pressure to inject a rubber-like material into the sterilized root canals. This special filling method helps ensure that the root canals are completely blocked off and can’t get reinfected.
- Reseal the tooth, usually with a new porcelain crown. The crown will strengthen the tooth and help prevent further problems.
Call us today to schedule your consultation for root canal treatment in Stone Mountain: 770-766-8995. Stop your pain and save your tooth!