Gainesville Root Canal Therapy with a Gentle Touch
When it comes to specialized dental restorations like root canal therapy, the dentists at Hawkins Family Dental is highly skilled and experienced, serving Gainesville, GA for over 30 years. We take the time to learn about our patients’ unique needs, and we provide personalized root canal treatment in the most professional, comfortable, and affordable manner possible.
What to Expect with Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy (also called a “root canal”) is done when decay will likely damage or has already killed a tooth. During a root canal, a dentist or endodontist removes the pulp from the center of a tooth and fills the pulp cavity. This can prevent the development of a painful infection in the pulp that may spread to other teeth.
A root canal can also treat an infection that has developed into an abscessed tooth. This restorative dentistry procedure can relieve toothache, stop infection, and promote healing.
The team at Hawkins Family Dental (in addition to endodonists who specialize in diseases of tooth pulp) are able to perform root canal treatment. Below is a brief outline of the process.
- First, the dentist will numb your gums with a substance that feels like jelly. After your gums are numb, the dentist will inject a local anesthetic that will completely numb the teeth, gums, tongue, and skin in that area. Sometimes nitrous oxide gas will be used to reduce pain and help you relax.
- The dentist may separate the decayed tooth from the other teeth with a small sheet of rubber on a metal frame. This protective rubber sheet also helps stop liquid and tooth chips from entering your mouth and throat.
- The dentist will use a drill and other tools to remove the pulp from the tooth and will fill the inside part of the tooth below the gum line with medicines, temporary filling materials, and a final root canal filling.
- After the root canal, a permanent filling or crown (cap) is often needed. If a crown is needed, the dentist removes the decay and then makes an impression of the tooth. A technician uses the impression to make a crown that perfectly matches the drilled tooth.
- The tooth may be fitted with a temporary crown until the permanent crown is made and cemented into place.
If you’d like to set-up an appointment regarding root canal therapy, our friendly staff would be happy to help. We can educate you about the process, the cost, and answer any questions you might have. To get started, you can give our office a call at (770)-536-1229.