What Is A Root Canal?
A root canal is a treatment used on a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. In this treatment, the tooth’s nerve and pulp will be removed and the tooth will be sealed to prevent further issues. A tooth does not need this nerve in order to survive. The nerve can become inflamed or infected from a bad case of tooth decay, large fillings or a crack in the tooth.
In some cases, the patient will not have any bad symptoms when the tooth and nerve have problems, but common symptoms will include:
- Severe tooth pain when pressure is applied
- Hot/cold pain or sensitivity even after the hot/cold has been removed
- A tooth that starts to discolor or turn dark
- Swelling and tenderness in the surrounding gum tissue
The root canal procedure involves one or more visits to complete. Your provider will remove the nerve and pulp and then seal the tooth. In some cases, the tooth can be sealed with a filling; however, it is not uncommon to require further restoration of the tooth. If additional restoration is involved, a tooth crown is a common solution.
Newnan GA Root Canal Dentist
A root canal will require treatment from a dentist or endodontist. Dr. Dan McManus is a Newnan GA dentist who can also perform root canals eliminating the need to seek out a specialist for separate treatment.