Root Canal Therapy in Marietta
At Atlanta Dentures, our goal is always to preserve the health and integrity of your natural teeth whenever possible. A root canal, also called endodontic therapy, is a very common practice for treating a decayed or damaged tooth; in fact, millions of root canals are performed each year. Though many patients hear “root canal” and begin to feel nervous, the procedure has advanced greatly in recent decades and is usually no more complex for the patient than getting a standard filling.
Our dedicated, patient-focused team at Atlanta Dentures in Marietta is here to make you feel safe and comfortable. With over 30 years of expertise in the field, Dr. Thomas Van Galder aims to provide his patients with the latest in dental technology and the most pleasant experience possible.
What is a root canal?
Usually completed in one to two appointments, a root canal is a procedure that removes infected tissue from the root of the damaged tooth. It sounds complicated, but the patient’s experience will often be very similar to that of getting a regular filling. After administering a local anesthetic, your dentist will drill into the tooth, clean out or remove the decayed tissue, and treat the infection. If the damage is not extensive, the tooth can sometimes be closed with a filling. Most commonly, though, and for more complex procedures, the tooth will require a crown.
The cost of a root canal varies depending on the complexity of the situation and the location of the tooth. Thankfully, many major insurance plans do cover root canals.
Why would someone need a root canal?
Root canals are most commonly performed on patients with damaged or decayed teeth. Neglecting a broken or inflamed tooth could lead to abcess, infection, and severe pain. In extreme cases, infections can be life-threatening. If a tooth is producing discharge and is sensitive to hot and cold, tender to the touch, and is causing inflammation to nearby gums and bone, it’s time to see your dentist.
Saving the tooth leads to less stress on your other teeth, mostly uninterrupted biting and chewing abilities, and a natural appearance. Existing teeth that have been treated through a root canal have the potential to last and function normally for the rest of your life. Having a root canal is also less expensive than having the tooth extracted and replaced.
What are the alternatives?
In order to preserve your natural tooth, a root canal is often the best option. If the tooth is too damaged to be saved, partial dentures, a bridge, and crown, or dental implants are common alternatives.
The team at Atlanta Dentures has been successfully treating patients for 30 years. If a root canal isn’t a viable procedure for you, we are happy to provide expert advice on the best tooth replacement options for your lifestyle, health, and budget. Our on-site lab allows us to offer the latest in dental implants, crowns and bridges, and partial and full dentures at the best prices in the Marietta area.
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