By Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
January 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Don’t let dental problems linger. Find out when you should come into our office for treatment.root canal

Sure, we get it; the idea of a root canal sends shivers down your spine, but honestly, it’s really nothing to fear. Root canals are one of the most common procedures our Suwanee and Lawrenceville, GA, dentists, Dr. Jennifer McCoy and Dr. Katherine Copeland, perform and it could just end up saving you from needing to have a tooth extracted in the future.

“Why would someone need a root canal?” you might be wondering. A root canal is required if decay, infection or even direct trauma to a tooth has become so severe that it has affected the health of the dental pulp. The dental pulp is a soft-tissue structure that is found within all teeth. It contains blood vessels and nerves, which is why you experience a toothache when the dental pulp is inflamed or infected.

Besides a toothache, you may also notice that the tooth is suddenly sensitive to hot or cold foods or drinks. It may sting or throb when eating soup or drinking an ice-cold beverage. Over time, the untreated tooth may darken or become discolored. This is a sign that the roots have started to decay. Additionally, the gums surrounding the tooth may also swell, turn red or become tender to the touch.

Experiencing any of these symptoms? Then it’s time to make a beeline for one of our Suwanee and Lawrenceville emergency dentists for treatment. While not all toothaches mean that a root canal is imminent, it’s a sign that something is brewing and needs to be addressed right away to prevent irreparable damage to the tooth.

Of course, we understand that a lot of people are hesitant about getting root canal therapy. You’ve heard the horror stories. You fear the needles. We definitely understand your anxieties; however, it’s important to keep in mind that a root canal is designed to take the pain away, not cause it. Plus, we also apply a numbing anesthesia to the area before we ever get started. Still nervous? Don’t worry; ask us if sedation dentistry can ease your nerves before your root canal.

If you are dealing with any changes to your oral health don’t hesitate to turn to our dental experts who are ready to provide you with urgent care when you need it most. Call our Lawrenceville or Suwanee, GA, office to schedule an immediate dental appointment today.