Brookhaven Root Canal treatment is provided by Dr. Jack Welch of West Paces Endodontics of Atlanta.
Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes damaged by inflammation or infected. Inflammation or infection can be caused by: deep decay, dental procedures, or a crack or chipped tooth. Pulp damage may even be caused by an injury, even when the tooth is not visibly damaged, chipped or cracked. Left untreated, inflammation and infection can lead to an abscess or severe pain.
Root canal treatment involves removing the dental pulp. The dental pulp is the tissue inside the hard outer shell of the tooth. Pulp consists of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. It is essential for the tooth’s formation and development. Root canal treatment saves the tooth from extraction.
A tooth is saved in the following manner:
- First, a local anesthetic is given that numbs the tooth and surrounding tissue. Then the tooth is isolated from the oral cavity and saliva by a sheet of rubber called a dental dam.
- A small opening is made in the crown of the tooth. With very small instruments, the pulp is removed from the pulp chamber and root canals. During this procedure, the canals are cleaned, shaped for filling, and disinfected.
- After cleaning and shaping, the root canals are filled with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha. A temporary filling is placed to close the opening in the crown.
- After completion of the root canal, you must return to your dentist for proper tooth restoration. This will protect the tooth and return it to full function.
For more information about Atlanta Root Canal Therapy, visit the American Association of Endodontists website.