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By Thomas W. Kauffman, DDS
June 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

How your Downtown Atlanta dentist can solve your tooth pain!

If your teeth are extra sensitive to pressure, hot/cold foods, or have developed bumps or swelling along the gums, you may have a mouth Root Canalinfection—a condition that requires the administration of a root canal to be alleviated. Although this procedure might sound daunting, Thomas W. Kauffman, DDS, PC, in Downtown Atlanta, GA, can perform this treatment with minimal pain and recovery time. Read on to learn how this treatment can permanently relieve your oral decay or infection!


What is a root canal?

A root canal, or endodontic therapy, is a procedure in which your dentist removes the bacteria, debris, and dental pulp within an infected tooth. This treatment can prevent you from forming an accessed tooth, or experiencing the facial swelling, oral drainage problems, and the bone loss that results from tooth loss.


What are the symptoms of serious oral infection and decay?

Tooth pain is the first sign that you may need a root canal. This pain may be mild or severe and fluctuate throughout the day. You may also experience sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drink, as well as exhibit tender or inflamed gums. Deeply discolored teeth can indicate nerve damage, as can an untreated cavity. Nerve endings might also be exposed if your tooth becomes cracked or chipped.


What are the steps involved in a root canal?

Despite the sometimes negative reputation of root canal treatment, the truth is that they aren't any more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled!

During the procedure, your dentist will use local anesthesia to numb your mouth before removing and flushing out the decay in the affected tooth. Your tooth may then be sealed the same day, or covered with a temporary filling to allow for further drainage. Lastly, your dentist will apply a filling or crown. Your tooth may be sensitive for a few days after the procedure, which can likely be remedied with over the counter pain relievers.


Need relief? Give us a call!

If you are in need of a root canal, contact Thomas W. Kauffman, D.D.S, P.C. in Downtown Atlanta at 404-524-1981.

By Thomas W. Kauffman, DDS
October 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

A toothache is often inconvenient and uncomfortable, but for dentists, it's a clear sign that an effective treatment can be implemented. root canalMany toothaches need root canals, also known as endodontic therapy, to provide relief and save the affected tooth from needing extraction. Dr. Thomas Kauffman, your Atlanta, GA dentist, routinely performs root canals for his patients who are experiencing toothaches, as well as other signs of infection inside the tooth. In this post, Dr. Kauffman explains the various symptoms that might suggest a root canal is needed.


Cavities that form on the surface of the teeth aren't usually painful. That's because the enamel, the hard outer covering of each tooth, does not have any nerve endings. It's when cavities are ignored or go undetected that they become invasive and start to have an effect on the inside of the teeth, which is made up of blood vessels, tissue, and nerves. This pain can range from mild to debilitating, but it needs to be evaluated by your dentist because it typically means there is an untreated infection.


Another precursor to a root canal can be the onset of tooth sensitivity, especially while drinking or eating very hot or cold beverages and food. This sensation is described by many people as a sharp tingle that may or may not last for a while after the stimulus is removed. To your Atlanta dentist, this may signal that the enamel is beginning to deteriorate and the dentin, the first layer of tissue underneath the enamel, is responding. Tooth sensitivity doesn't always mean you need a root canal, but it's definitely something that needs to be addressed by a professional.


Occasionally a tooth that needs a root canal will not have any immediate signs or symptoms, but the presence of advanced decay will show up on an x-ray during a dental appointment with Dr. Kauffman. Our cone beam imaging can help diagnose the origin of difficult to subtle pathology not visible on normal dental xrays. That's why it's so important to keep your twice-yearly checkups with your dentist so problems can be detected before pain or other complications set in.

If you've been experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity, or just need to schedule a checkup, contact Dr. Kauffman's office in Atlanta, GA. We're here to help you maintain your dental health!