Cosmetic Dentistry

Midtown Root Canals

A severe toothache can be a sign of an infected tooth. Root canals can repair and save an infected or damaged tooth, stopping the pain. Pure Dental Health serves families in the Midtown and Atlanta area that need gentle, experienced care for an infected tooth. We offer root canal therapy that can quickly stop the pain, while protecting your health and smile.

Why is it called a ‘root canal’?
Root canal therapy is often referred to simply as a root canal. The root canal is the chamber inside of the tooth that contains the pulp and nerve root. This procedure involves removing the material from inside the root canal when it becomes damaged or infected, which is where the treatment gets its name.

Are root canals painful?
It is a misconception that root canals are painful. Often the reason a person needs a root canal is painful; infected or damaged teeth usually cause pain. The procedure is not painful. If you have had a cavity removed and filled, you have experienced a similar level of discomfort as a root canal. Your tooth is numbed during the procedure, and once the infection and nerve root is removed, so is the source of the pain.

What happens during a root canal?
During root canal therapy, the top or cusp of your tooth is removed to access the root canal. The pulp or nerve root is also removed. The interior of the tooth is disinfected to stop infection, and then packed with a sterile material. The top of the tooth is resealed after the procedure. In most cases, a dental crown will be placed over the tooth to protect it from damage, since the structure can be weak after a root canal.

Can I be sedated during my root canal treatment?
At Pure Dental Health, we offer sedation services for our patients that need extra help relaxing during their procedures. However, many people undergo root canal therapy without sedation. Dr. Scott will discuss your preferences for sedation when you have your exam and explain what to expect during your procedure.

Is root canal therapy necessary?
In many cases, root canal therapy is the only way to save a severely damaged or infected tooth. Once the nerve root begins to die, it must be removed to save the tooth. Plus, the pain of an infected tooth is often too much for most people to bear. Root canals can stop the pain and save the tooth from extraction.

What makes Pure Dental Health the best place for root canals?
We strive to make our patients as comfortable as possible for all their dental treatments, including root canals. Our office is designed with your comfort in mind, and includes valet parking when you arrive, flat screen TVs, internet bar, free beverages and warm blankets during your procedure. You will also be treated as our guest, with personalized attention and exceptional dental care. We want our patients to feel relaxed and comfortable at our office, whether they come in for a checkup or need an extensive dental treatment like a root canal.

Will my insurance cover root canal therapy?
All dental insurance plans are different in what they cover. We accept most dental plans at Pure Dental Health and our expert staff will help you determine what amount of coverage your plan has for root canals. If there is a portion that is your responsibility, we have payment options available to fit your budget.

If you have a painful tooth, come see our friendly, experienced dental team at Pure Dental Health. We welcome new patients from Midtown and the surrounding area. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.