Over 15.1 million root canals are performed annually in the U.S. to save damaged teeth from extractions. Although they are common, root canal therapy in Buckhead is only recommended when there are no other viable treatments to save your tooth. Now, root canals offer over a 95% success rate when performed by a qualified endodontist, like Dr. Mark Barr. He uses the latest innovations in dentistry to save your tooth while providing a pain-free treatment.
A root canal is an endodontic treatment that extracts the inner layer of your tooth, called the pulp. Although the pulp is necessary while your tooth is developing, it can survive without it after it is fully formed.
Removing the pulp stops your pain and prevents the infection from spreading to additional oral tissues to allow your tooth to stay in place. After its health is restored, a custom-made dental crown is bonded to the tooth to give it an added layer of protection while also improving its function and appearance.
Not all damaged teeth require a root canal. Dr. Barr performs a comprehensive consultation to assess your tooth to determine if the treatment is in your best interest. There are some signs the procedure may be necessary, such as:
If you experience any of these symptoms, do not wait to see if they dissipate. Contact your endodontist in Buckhead right away.
A local anesthesia or sedative is used during your procedure to minimize any discomfort you may experience. Dr. Barr uses special dental tools to remove any areas of decay and extracts the pulp. Your tooth is sterilized using GentleWave technology, which is an innovative technique to clean your tooth. This eliminates harmful bacteria, debris, and tissue to ensure the success of your treatment.
After your tooth is cleaned and sterilized, it is sealed using a special material called gutta-percha. Now, its health is reinstated; however, its integrity and appearance are still compromised.
To rehabilitate its function and aesthetics, Dr. Barr takes a digital impression of your tooth to create a custom-made dental crown. It is made from all-ceramic material to look natural. The crown is bonded to your tooth to protect it from future damage while also enhancing how it looks. Your crown can last for an average of 10 years before needing to be replaced with the right aftercare.
If you have a painful and infected tooth, do not have it extracted. Dr. Barr can save it with a root canal. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.