ENDODONTICS AND ROOT CANALS
ENDODONTICS IN GAINESVILLE, GA
- Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure in which the diseased or damaged pulp (core) of a tooth is removed and the inside areas (the pulp chamber and root canals) are filled and sealed.
- Inflamed or infected pulp (pulpitis) most often causes a toothache. To relieve the pain and prevent further complications, the tooth may be extracted (surgically removed) or saved by root canal treatment. Root canal treatment has become a common dental procedure; more than 14 million procedures are performed every year, with a 95% success rate, according to the American Association of Endodontists.
Root canal treatment is a procedure performed on a tooth for one or more of the following reasons:
- Infected pulp
- Cracked tooth
- Non-vital (dead) tooth
- Badly inflamed pulp
- Restoration of a badly broken down tooth
- “Pulp” refers to the soft tissue, nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue that are located in the center of the tooth. During a root canal, the damaged pulp tissue is removed from the tooth through a small access hole in the biting surface of the tooth. The narrow canals in the roots are thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and filled with an inert sealer to prevent germs from leaking in or out of the tooth.
- Many people don’t know that, thanks to modern anesthetic and sedative techniques, today’s root canal treatment procedures are virtually painless under most circumstances.
CONTACT GDC SMILES IN GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA
Please call GDC Smiles, your Gainesville, Georgia, dentist at (770) 534-6933 to schedule your root canal treatment visit.