Dental pain is the most common cause of seeking emergency dental treatment. Dental pain coming from an inflamed nerve of the tooth or an abscess at the end of the root of the tooth causes excruciating pain. If deep untreated dental decay reaches close to the nerve chamber of the tooth (Pulp), it can cause severe nerve irritation and pain. If left untreated, it can lead to abscess formation. In such situations root canal treatment is a great way of salvaging the tooth, getting rid of the pain and allowing the tissues that hold the tooth to heal.

So what exactly is a root canal treatment?
To answer that question, let us understand the structure of the tooth. The tooth you see in the mouth, is held into the jaw bone by its root. Each tooth has a nerve chamber at its core that extends into the root of the tooth. The extension of the nerve chamber from the core of tooth into the root of the tooth is called the root canal.

A root canal treatment involves removing the decay on the tooth, followed by removal of the nerve of the tooth and progressive cleaning of the root canal, ensuring complete removal of the nerve and cleaning of the inside of the canals, followed by replacement of the inner core of the nerve chamber by a filler material, called Gutta Percha. The tooth is preserved and remains completely functional.

Do root canals hurt?
Not if the tooth is completely anesthetized. A root canal is started only after ensuring that the tooth is completely numb (anesthetized). At Loganville Dental Associates, we take great care to ensure that the whole process of root canal is conducted to ensure patient comfort.