Root Canals

Amy Mandalia, DDS -  - Cosmetic & General Dentistry

Buckhead Dental Care

Amy Mandalia, DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Buckhead, Atlanta, GA

Many people get concerned when they find out they need a root canal. Thankfully, Amy Mandalia, DDS, and the expert dental team at Buckhead Dental Care remove all the anxiety and discomfort from a root canal procedure. Located in Atlanta, the experienced dental team at Buckhead Dental Care performs root canals on a routine basis. If you're nervous about having a root canal, book an appointment over the phone or online. Buckhead Dental Care's professional team is ready to soothe your worries.

Root Canals Q & A

Why might I need a root canal?

A root canal is a dental treatment that saves and repairs an infected tooth. Dr. Mandalia eliminates the bacteria and any dead or dying tissue from inside your tooth if it becomes severely infected. This way, she can save your tooth and help ease your pain.

What can cause a tooth infection?

From damage to the tooth or from a cavity allowed to go untreated, roots and tissue within your teeth can become infected with bacteria. If you don’t visit Dr. Mandalia, the infected tissue may spread into the root or pulp of the tooth. Ask about treatment. If you don't, the infection could spread even further and lead to other health complications.

How do I know if I have an infected tooth?

If you don't deal with an infected tooth right away, you'll be welcoming a great deal of pain in the future. You may experience these symptoms when you have an infected tooth:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness when eating and drinking
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Bad breath
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • Painful aching in your jaw and mouth
  • Tooth darkening in color
  • A small pimple-like bump on your gum

How is a root canal performed?

Typically, Dr. Mandalia can take care of your tooth in one or two visits. First, it may be necessary to take an X-ray to determine the degree of harm to the tooth requiring the root canal.

Dr. Mandalia will use a needle to numb the region and make sure you don't feel anything during the procedure. If needed, she places a dental dam, or a small film of rubber, on your tooth to keep it hygienic and shielded while the procedure is happening. Once your tooth is anesthetized, Dr. Mandalia makes a small incision in your tooth to reach the diseased area within the root.

After this, Dr. Mandalia takes away the damaged and unhealthy pulp using small files and sprays the area with water to remove debris. Once all the infected material is removed, Dr. Mandalia either seals the tooth or puts in a temporary filling to protect your tooth until you come back for a permanent crown.

Book a consultation online or call Buckhead Dental Care if you show even a minor symptom or sign of tooth infection. It could be more serious than you think.