Root Canals

What are Root Canals?

A root canal is a restorative procedure that involves removing the inner pulp of a tooth. Every single one of your teeth has a small pulp in the very center. This pulp houses the blood supply and nerves essential for the strength and vitality of the tooth. If this pulp becomes infected by decay, or is exposed, it can cause severe pain and sensitivity. When this occurs, it’s recommended to remove the pulp via a root canal.

Why are Root Canals needed?

The most common reason for needing a root canal is because decay was allowed to go down deep into the tooth, reaching the pulp. This often the result of a cavity being ignored and getting worse over time. Another reason one may need a root canal is because a tooth has broken or cracked, exposing the inner pulp. The common signs that you may need a root canal include severe pain, and sensitivity to hot and cold.

What Are Root Canals
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Who Is A Good Candidate For Root Canals

Who is a good candidate for Root Canals?

We will perform an examination to determine if you need a root canal. In some cases, an x-ray is needed to determine if the pulp is infected or exposed. If you do need a root canal, we recommend having it done as soon as possible to prevent the pain and sensitivity from getting worse. Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures done by dentists.

What can you expect when having a Root Canal done?

We start by administering local anesthesia to make the procedure comfortable. A rubber dental dam is used to isolate the tooth so that it can be worked on properly. We then remove any decay until we reach the inner pulp. The pulp is fully removed using specialized tools, and the canals of the roots cleaned. A medicated material is poured into the canals of the teeth, and the small hole is filled with composite resin filling material. The filling is cured into place with a bright light, and the rubber dam is removed. You can then leave the office free of pain and sensitivity.

If you think you might need a root canal, call our office today and we will be happy to further assist you in scheduling an appointment.

What Can You Expect When Having A Root Canal Done


Our dear patients,

We hope that this message reaches you well and in good spirits during this trying time. As this global pandemic continues to run its course, we sincerely hope that you are doing your best to take care of yourself physically and mentally. While we are unable to operate business as usual, we are still here for you in cases of emergency. If you find that you are experiencing dental pain, tooth fracture, uncontrolled oral bleeding, and/or extreme sensitivity, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 404-549-2650. We are available for virtual consults or will get you scheduled to come into the office.

Unfortunately, we will be operating in this limited fashion for an uncertain amount of time and will be sure to notify you once it is safe to continue non-emergency treatment. Here, at Brookhaven Dental Group, we have always practiced CDC and OSHA standards of infection and will continue to operate only under their direction.

In the spirit of a line from a poem that China sent to Italy, “We are all waves from the same sea.” Meaning that no matter where you are or how this pandemic may be affecting you, we’re all in it together. The ebb and flow of life right now is not what we’re used to but staying in place is necessary to get us to our new normal quicker.

Thank you to each one of you for being such a vital part of the reason why BDG just celebrated 2 years of being in practice. We’re here when you need us and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Be well,
Dr. Brown

Brookhaven Dental Group
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