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Root Canal Therapy – Marietta, GA

Stop Your Tooth Infection from Spreading

Model of a tooth’s root canal in MariettaIf you’re suffering from a constant toothache, it may mean there’s an infection in your smile. Leaving it alone is never a good idea; you could lose the tooth, and the infection could spread to other parts of the body. Luckily, root canal therapy in Boston can keep your tooth intact, remove the infection, and provide relief from the pain. And thanks to modern dental technology, we help you stay as comfortable as possible throughout the process. Call Dr. Thornton and her team today to learn more about root canal therapy in Boston.

Signs That Root Canal Therapy is Needed

Asian woman with painful toothache rubbing her jawRoot canal therapy is performed whenever the pulp – the soft inner layer normally protected by a hard layer of enamel – becomes infected and needs to be removed before irreversible damage is done to the tooth’s structure. Thus, any sign of infected or damaged pulp should be taken as a possible indication that root canal therapy is needed. Here are some of the warning signs you might see:

  • Severe toothache or pain whenever you bite or chew
  • Sensitivity to temperatures (in other words, it hurts when the tooth is exposed to heat or cold)
  • A tooth that’s darker in appearance
  • Inflamed and tender gums

While the above symptoms are fairly common, you might not experience all of them. In fact, sometimes you might not even have any indication that there’s a problem with your tooth. This type of infection is most likely to be found during one of your regular dental checkups.

The Root Canal Process

Woman rubbing jaw in dentist’s office; ready for root canalAfter Dr. Thornton has taken an X-ray of your tooth to confirm what the insides look like, she can numb the area and provide you with a form of dental sedation that will help you relax. At the beginning of the procedure, a hole is created in the tooth. The pulp and any bacteria or debris related to the infection will be removed through the hole. Afterwards, the inside of the tooth needs to be thoroughly cleaned. Traditionally, this is done with a series of metal files, but at our practice we can complete this step using a dental laser. Since the laser is much more precise, it minimizes the damage done to the tooth’s internal structure; it also helps sterilize the area and decreases the risk that a new infection will develop.

The inside of the tooth will be resealed following root canal therapy. You’ll also receive a crown in order to protect the weakened dental structure.

Benefits of Root Canal Therapy VS Extraction

Man with patterned shirt outside and smiling with full row of teethExtraction might also be an option if your tooth is badly infected, but there are several advantages to undergoing root canal therapy instead:

  • You’ll keep your natural smile intact and won’t need to pay for implants or another kind of replacement.
  • You’ll be able to bite and chew all of your favorite foods without pain again.
  • You won’t suffer the side effects of missing teeth such as dental drift.
  • Root canal therapy is generally much more pain-free compared to tooth extraction.