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If the dental pulp in the root canal of a tooth becomes infected, our dentist may recommend a root canal to restore the health of your smile.

Symptoms
Sometimes, there will be no noticeable symptoms that a root canal is needed. Often, however, tooth pain will be present. This discomfort can range from mild to severe and may be worse when you put pressure on the tooth. Another common symptom is prolonged tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. The gums may also become swollen or tender near the infected tooth. Contact our dental office immediately to schedule an appointment if you notice any of these symptoms. To lessen any swelling and discomfort, apply an ice pack to the corresponding area of the face.

Procedure
When you come in for your root canal in Roswell, Georgia, our dentist will take a look at the tooth and take dental X-rays. The tooth and the surrounding area is numbed with a local anesthetic. An access hole is made in the tooth, through which the infected pulp is taken out. The area is then thoroughly cleaned. The tooth is then sealed and the access hole is filled. Depending on the specific case, a dental crown may be placed.

After the Procedure
Drs. Jeff DeMercy and Amanda Kossick may suggest that a follow-up appointment be scheduled so that they can examine the tooth and make sure that the infection is completely gone. After your root canal treatment, be sure to take good care of your teeth and gums. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once daily. In addition, visit our office at least twice a year for your routine cleanings and exams.

Contact DeMercy Dental at 770.641.8010 today to learn more about root canal treatment and to set up an appointment.