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Victoria Callicutt, DDS & Amy Dayries, DMD, FAIHM Aesthetic & Integrative Dentistry

General Dentistry & Holistic Dentists located in Roswell, GA

If one or more of your teeth experience pulp damage or an infection, endodontics can stop further problems and prevent the need for an extraction. At Aesthetic & Integrative Dentistry in Roswell, Georgia, Victoria Callicutt, DDS, and Amy Dayries, DMD, FAIHM, offer pain-free root canal procedures and endodontic retreatment. To schedule your appointment, call the office or book online today.

Endodontics Q & A

What is endodontics?

Endodontics is a branch of dentistry focused on diagnosing, treating, and preventing damage to the dental pulp. 

Pulp is a type of soft tissue that’s found in the center of your teeth. It contains nerves and blood vessels. Pulp helps you experience sensations like hot and cold, but it isn’t necessary for a tooth’s survival.

If you damage your tooth pulp due to a sudden impact or you develop a cavity, endodontic treatment can remove the pulp and save your permanent tooth. There are several types of endodontic treatments, but root canal therapy is the most common.

What is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy is a type of endodontic treatment in which Dr. Callicutt or Dr. Dayries removes the pulp of a damaged or infected tooth. Prior to performing a root canal, your dentist administers a local anesthetic, ensuring the process is comfortable and entirely pain-free.

Why would I need endodontic treatment?

Endodontic treatment preserves the structure of your tooth. Dr. Callicutt and Dr. Dayries regularly use endodontic treatment to:

  • Address deep decay caused by a cavity
  • Prevent further damage to a chipped or cracked tooth
  • Treat damage to dental pulp from an accident or injury
  • To support a tooth following multiple dental procedures

Prior to recommending endodontic treatment, Dr. Callicutt or Dr. Dayries conducts an oral exam and takes X-rays of your affected tooth to confirm damage or the presence of an infection.  

What happens during endodontic treatment?

Aesthetic & Integrative Dentistry performs endodontic treatment on-site as an outpatient procedure. 

On the day of your endodontic surgery, your provider administers a local anesthetic to numb your tooth roots and gums. Once the anesthesia sets in, they drill an access hole in the top of your affected tooth and carefully remove the infected or damaged pulp.

After removing the pulp, Dr. Callicutt or Dr. Dayries rinses the center of your tooth with an antiseptic solution and fills it with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. 

After the gutta-percha dries, they place a crown on top of your tooth, preventing further damage and restoring your chewing and biting abilities.

What is recovery like following endodontic treatment?

Following endodontic treatment, it’s normal to experience some pain, swelling, and general discomfort. Make sure to follow the recovery instructions. Eat soft foods, take your medications as prescribed, and get plenty of rest. You should feel back to normal within a week’s time.

To learn more about the benefits of endodontics, schedule an appointment at Aesthetic & Integrative Dentistry. Call the office or book a visit online today.