Root Canal Therapy with Dr. Bruce E. Carter
Have you ever met someone whose reputation preceded him, and then once you got to know him realized that everything you’d heard was wrong? Well, that’s approximately what happens when people encounter root canal therapy. For most people, just mentioning a root canal can send chills down their spines. The fact is, however, a root canal is meant to alleviate the pain that a seriously infected tooth may cause. With root canal therapy, Dr. Bruce E. Carter in Lawrenceville, GA, has helped numerous patients in and around Gwinnett County and he can do the same for you.
Root Canal Lawrenceville Depends On
To understand root canal therapy, let’s first examine the structure of a tooth. The visible portion of your tooth is the hard, protective outer layer called enamel. Next, is dentin, a more sensitive layer. Finally, there is the pulp chamber, which contains lymph and nerve tissue as well as blood vessels. Each chamber has canals that lead to the tip of the root; through these canals your teeth absorb nutrients from your bloodstream and eliminate waste.
Normally, the layer of dentin and pulp are safely protected by your tooth’s enamel. However, if that protection is compromised by severe tooth decay, traumatic injury or a deep fracture, then bacteria can access the pulp chamber, causing infection. Other than a serious toothache, the signs of infection include:
- Swelling on the side of the face
- A suddenly discolored tooth
- Irritation and swelling of gum tissue surrounding the tooth
- Signs of infection on an x-ray
Gwinnett cosmetic dentist Dr. Carter relieves these uncomfortable symptoms with the root canal Gwinnett can trust. First, he makes sure you are completely comfortable and that the tooth and surrounding tissue are sufficiently anesthetized. Then, he accesses the chamber, removing the pulp, as well as the infection and any debris. The canals are disinfected and filled with a biocompatible material. More than likely, Dr. Carter will want to prep the tooth for a crown that will further protect the tooth. Although there may be minor residual discomfort after the procedure, your root canal will eliminate the pain of an infected tooth.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you’re having any of the symptoms above, then call Dr. Carter, the cosmetic dentist Lawrenceville, GA, trusts with preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Carter and his team conveniently serve patients from the surrounding communities of Dacula, Grayson, Snellville, Lilburn, Norcross, Duluth, Suwanee, and the neighboring Gwinnett County areas.