Root Canals Specialist

Nukoa Family Dentistry

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Duluth, GA

At Nukoa Family Dentistry, Dr. Juan Carlos Hernandez, a qualified endodontist, provides endodontic services including root canal therapy. In Duluth, Georgia, Dr. Hernandez tackles infections and works to save his patient’s natural teeth from the threat of tooth loss. Call or book online for more information on endodontic care.

Root Canals Q & A

What is endodontic care?

Endodontics is the branch of dentistry concerning dental pulp and tissues around the tooth root. Endodontists are often considered specialists in saving teeth and helping you maintain your natural smile.

Only a small percentage of dentists have undergone the additional education and training necessary to become qualified endodontists. The training revolves around diagnosing tooth pain and performing root canal treatments and other endodontic procedures in the interior of the tooth.

Endodontic care utilizes state-of-the-art technologies, including digital imaging and operating microscopes. It’s also common for an endodontist to handle emergency dental cases.

Dr. Hernandez is a qualified endodontist addressing traumatic dental injuries and offering a range of endodontic procedures including root canal therapy, dental implants, and more.

Why would I need an endodontic procedure?

If you have a tooth infection, you may need to undergo an endodontic procedure to save your tooth and prevent the infection from worsening. Signs that indicate a tooth infection are:

  • Fever
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Severe tooth pain
  • Swelling in the jaw and surrounding area

If your tooth is damaged, an infection can quickly start in the pulp and spread to the surrounding bone. Inflammation of the pulp is another common reason you may need to seek endodontic care. Many endodontic services can reduce inflammation.

What is a root canal?

Inside your tooth, under the enamel and another harder layer called the dentin, is the pulp. The pulp is soft tissue that contains blood vessels and nerves; it extends from the tooth root to the crown.

A root canal is an endodontic procedure that addresses the soft pulp tissue inside the tooth. During the process, Dr. Hernandez removes the damaged or infected pulp and carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the root canal.

Next, he fills and seals the space to prevent further infection. Following a root canal, you may need to get a crown or another dental prosthesis to restore your tooth to full functionality.

A root canal is performed to stop infection and save your tooth. To find out more about endodontics, call or book an appointment online with Dr. Hernandez.