The story of an internally-damaged tooth can have a happy or a not-so-happy ending. A tooth that’s compromised at its core is in danger of dying. If this happens, the only recourse is extraction and replacement with a prosthetic tooth. On the other hand, a root canal can preserve your damaged tooth and eliminate the need for further treatment.
Patients in Cumming GA who need a root canal rely on the skill, expertise, and knowledge of Dr. Brian Carpenter. Backed by a top-notch team at Forsyth Dental Partners, Dr. Carpenter performs safe, comfortable root canals to keep smiles healthy.
Reasons for a Root Canal
The pulp, or nerve, of a tooth resides in the center portion of a tooth, underneath protective enamel and dentin. This pulp can become damaged because of multiple dental procedures performed on the tooth, a crack, a deep cavity, or other trauma that provides bacteria an entry into the tooth. The tooth pulp contains canals that lead to the root. These canals help maintain the life of the tooth by transporting blood and nutrients and carrying away toxins. When infection sets in, the entire tooth is in danger.
Signs You Might Need a Root Canal
Symptoms that you may have an internally-damaged tooth, requiring a root canal include:
- A toothache
- Swelling in the jaw
- Swollen gum tissue
- A pimple on the gum tissue above a tooth
- An unexplained bad taste in your mouth
- Tooth sensitivity
The Root Canal Process
Dr. Carpenter will gently remove the infected tissue from the canals of the tooth, fill the canals, and apply an antibiotic. He’ll place a custom-made crown atop the tooth to restore structure and function. You’ll leave our office with a renewed smile!
Receive the top-tier care you deserve. Call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Carpenter at Forsyth Dental Partners.