Root Canal Therapy in Atlanta, GA

At Upper West Midtown Dentistry in Upper Westside, Atlanta, we provide gentle and effective root canal treatment—also called endodontic therapy—to help patients with abscessed, infected, or dying teeth. Today’s root canals are gentler than ever and make it possible to preserve damaged teeth, rather than remove and replace them.

Common Reasons for a Root Canal

A root canal therapy in Atlanta is necessary when the nerve inside of your tooth becomes infected, abscessed, or dies. This can occur due to various reasons, including:
Deep Area of Tooth Decay or Visible Abscess

When a cavity goes untreated, it can penetrate the outer layers of the tooth and reach the nerve tissues inside, causing infection and painful abscesses.

Trauma or Injury

A strong impact to the tooth during a hit or fall can damage the tooth enough that it leads to inflammation or death of the nerve tissues.

Cracked or Fractured Tooth

A cracked or fractured tooth can expose the pulp tissues to outside bacteria, resulting in chronic infection or pain.

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The Root Canal therapy procedure

Contrary to popular belief, a root canal does not have to be a painful experience. In fact, it is a procedure designed to alleviate discomfort and save a tooth from unnecessary extraction. Here's a step-by-step breakdown of most root canal procedures:

Examination and Diagnosis

Dr. Vaughn or Dr. Praylo will carefully examine your tooth, take an X-ray of the complete root structure, and assess the extent of the infection. Once the need for a root canal is confirmed, they will discuss the procedure with you in detail and address any concerns you may have.



Before starting the root canal, a local anesthetic will be administered to ensure your comfort. You may feel a slight pinch from the numbing injection, but rest assured, the rest of the procedure will be as comfortable as other routine dental work.


Removal of Infected Pulp Tissues

A small access hole is created in the top of your tooth, providing access to the infected nerve and pulp inside. Using specialized tools, the nerve is carefully removed, and the root canals are thoroughly cleaned out.


Filling and Sealing the Nerve Chamber

The cleaned root canals are filled with a biocompatible material that seals the canals, preventing reinfection. The access hole is then sealed with a temporary filling.



After a root canal, your tooth may require additional reinforcement, usually with a dental crown. Our dentists will guide you through this process to ensure the best outcome for your smile’s function and aesthetics.


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Root Canal Aftercare

Following a root canal, it’s crucial to take proper care of the area to ensure the longevity of your tooth and new crown. Here are some essential aftercare steps to consider:
Medication and Pain Management

You may be prescribed antibiotics to control infection (if there’s a severe abscess) and anti-inflammatory medication during the healing process. Follow our dentist's instructions carefully and take any medications as prescribed.

Oral Hygiene

Maintain your regular oral hygiene routine by brushing twice a day and flossing daily around your treated tooth. While the tooth is no longer alive, the enamel is still prone to decay.

Follow-Up Visits

Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments for us to monitor your progress, remove any temporary fillings, and place a permanent restoration over your tooth to protect it.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you are experiencing a persistent toothache and you suspect you need a root canal, call our Atlanta dentists. The team at Upper West Midtown Dentistry is here to help preserve your smile and combat chronic tooth pain.