Root Canal

If you suffer from serious pain, lingering sensitivity to hot or cold, or a darkening tooth, you may be in need of a root canal treatment.

The skilled dentists at Verde Point Dental Associates in Marietta, GA, perform root canal treatment to relieve pain and eliminate infection.

If you live in the Kennesaw or Powder Springs, GA, area, visit our dentists for an appointment to find out if a root canal can help you.

Root Canal Therapy: a Virtually Painless Dental Procedure

Our friendly and caring team of dental professionals in Marietta, GA, can prevent tooth loss and protect your oral health with root canal therapy.

Gentle and Comfortable Treatment

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A root canal may sound scary, but in reality it is no more uncomfortable than getting a filling for a cavity. Thanks to local anesthesia, cutting-edge technology, and modern dental techniques, root canal treatment is virtually painless.

Eliminates the Need for Extraction

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By removing the infected pulp, a root canal procedure lets the healthy exterior of your tooth remain in your smile. The remaining tooth structure can be restored with a dental crown, if necessary.

Help Avoid Critical Oral Health Issues

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A dental infection not only causes pain, but can affect adjacent teeth and gum tissue if not promptly addressed. If the state of the infected tooth is too weak to justify a root canal or if it is too far gone, the only option left is tooth extraction.

Root Canals Can Save and Repair an Infected Tooth

At Verde Pointe Dental Associates, root canal therapy is one of our most highly reviewed treatments. We use antimicrobial FiteBac technology during root canal treatment to effectively eliminate infection. Root canal therapy can relieve pain and save your tooth. 

Common Root Canal Symptoms to Look out for

Our team has more than three decades of root canal experience. If you are experiencing symptoms, contact Verde Pointe Dental Associates in Marietta, GA, immediately. These include:

  • Toothache
  • Sudden, lingering sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Swelling in your gums or face
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Sudden but persistent bad taste in your mouth

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, over-the-counter anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen may help ease the pain until you can see a dentist.

Endodontic treatment can save infected teeth by removing the diseased pulp with a root canal. The only alternative dental procedure to endodontics is extraction.

However, an extraction without further restorations such, as a dental implant, will eventually result in bone atrophy. A root canal can help you avoid such complex and costly procedures.

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Request an Appointment and Save Yourself Some Pain

If you think that you have more than just a cavity, a root canal may be your best option to ease dental discomfort. You do not have to live with pain: our team of caring dentists can provide relief. Contact the dental professionals at Verde Point Dental Associates or call us at (770) 423-4900 to request a root canal consultation!

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Do I Need an Endodontist  for a Root Canal?

No. Though an endodontist specializes in treatments like root canals, our dentists have extensive experience in this procedure. They are all too familiar with issues caused by infections spreading to the inner chamber of the tooth. Only rarely do we refer out to a local endodontist. Our team can treat teeth like premolars, molars, anterior teeth, and even dead teeth. We also offer retreatment.

Infection of the pulp leads to constant pain and increased sensitivity. In severe cases, the infected pulp can lead to an abscess. That is why it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible if you suspect you are in need of a root canal.

If you require treatment, the dentists at Verde Pointe Dental Associates in Marietta, GA, remove the diseased pulp, halt the spread of infection, and restore the healthy portion of the tooth. An endodontist may need to send you to a dentist for a crown and follow-up care, but our dentists can handle treatment from start to finish. 

Same-Day Crowns Let Us Wrap up Your Treatment in Just One Visit

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Efficiency Meets Excellence: Discover the Convenience and Precision of Same-Day Crowns

Need root canal therapy, but don't want to wear a temporary crown for a few weeks? You may not have to, thanks to our in-house technology. We invest in you by using the latest advances, including a milling machine that can make a crown as you wait.

By crafting same-day crowns, we stand out from other Kennesaw-area dentists and endodontists. If you're ready to find all the care you need in a single appointment, visit our dedicated team for root canal therapy.

Do You Need Root Canal Treatment? Contact Verde Point Dental Associates

Verde Point Dental Associates proudly serves patients in the greater Marietta, Kennesaw, and Powder Springs area. With decades of combined experience in dentistry, our dental team can treat root canal infections as well as cavities and dental abscesses. Despite the fear surrounding root canals, we ensure that the process is as pain-free and as anxiety-free as possible.

To learn more about root canal therapy and whether it is ideal for you, contact our practice. You can also reach Verde Point Dental Associates by phone.

Call Us at:

(770) 423-4900

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Verde Point Dental Associates will walk you through your root canal procedure.

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"Great people, great place and service. They make sure you feel comfortable the teeth cleaning is excellent, there equipments are very modern. Love all about it...What an amazing team. They go above and beyond. They helped me even though last minute request, I needed more than what I thought and they did everything quickly and very efficient. Amazing and impressive! I recommend them forever." V. N.

What Factors Impact Root Canal Cost?

Dental insurance will often cover at least a portion of this medically necessary procedure. The price of a root canal can vary. Cost depends on the type of tooth, extent of damage, if any preparation is needed, and the type of restoration, as well as:

Number of Roots

Front teeth only have one root, so they cost less to treat. Molars can have as many as three. The more roots a tooth has, the more treatment it will require. Therefore, a decayed molar will cost more than a front tooth.

Anesthesia and X-rays

Our dentist will first assess the extent of the required treatment with an X-ray. This necessary step adds to the overall cost. Right before your root canal begins, one of our dentists will provide local anesthesia to dull the nerves for a virtually painless procedure. If you choose to receive sedation, it will have a separate cost. 

Follow-Up Oral Care

After your root canal, you may need to see the dentists at Verde Pointe Dental Associates for follow-up visits, such as for a dental crown or a filling. The earlier you seek treatment, the less expensive the follow-up care typically is.  

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Marietta, GA


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I have to give credit where credit is due! Dr.McGrath is the utmost professional and skilled dentist, I’ve ever known. As an Iraq war combat veteran, I’m grateful to have been able to get my teeth fixed by the VA, I have to say, this is the place all veterans should go to. They treated me well and showed me respect. The end result speaks for itself. I cannot thank Dr.McGrath and the employees at Verde Point enough! Thank you all. Unbelievably great work done by Dr.McGrath.

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Marietta, GA


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How Does Root Canal Therapy Work?

When infection progresses into the pulp, it can affect the root and further compromise the structure of the tooth. During a root canal, the infected soft tissue inside a tooth is removed to eliminate the source of infection. After the roots are filled, the tooth can be sealed with a filling or protected with a crown.

How Root Canal Therapy Goes From Start to Finish

A root canal procedure may sound scary, but in reality it is no more uncomfortable than receiving a filling for a cavity. Here's what we do to treat and protect your tooth in the midst of a root canal infection:
Need care ASAP? We have a walk-in dentist to help. Our team also offers emergency care for adult and pediatric cases, which we may even be able to provide outside of our regular hours.
Need care ASAP? We have a walk-in dentist to help. Our team also offers emergency care for adult and pediatric cases, which we may even be able to provide outside of our regular hours.

Consultation and Planning

During your consultation, you will undergo a full exam at our Marietta, GA, dental office. Consulting X-rays and 3D CBCT imaging, we can determine if root canal therapy is the right option or if extraction is a better option. We will also go over the entire root canal process so you understand what to expect.

Administering Anesthetic

Local anesthetic will make the root canal as pain-free as possible. Sedation is also available to help calm any nerves. When the tooth is numb, a dental dam is placed to keep the treatment area sterile and free from saliva.

Accessing the Pulp Chamber

To access the diseased pulp, a small opening is created in the crown of the tooth. In addition to taking digital apex locator measurements, we use tools like computer controlled handpieces and magnification to make this process as precise as possible.

Removing the Infected Pulp

The diseased pulp is carefully and thoroughly removed from the pulp chamber. The nerves and blood vessels within the pulp chamber are also removed.

Draining the Abscess

In addition to removing the pulp, nerves, and blood vessels, a root canal may also involve treatment of a dental abscess if one is present. The abscess is punctured and the pus is allowed to drain out.

Sterilizing the Root Canals

With infected pulp gone and the dental abscess drained, the pulp chamber is thoroughly sterilized. This is done to remove all unwanted bacteria and ensure that the infected tissues are safe.

Filling the Root Canals

With all the pulp removed, the next step is filling the root canals with warm gutta percha obturation. We close it with MTA, a biologically compatible sealer, to protect the inside of your tooth.

Capping the Treated Tooth

At the end of a root canal, a dental crown is placed on top of the tooth to protect the pulp chamber from harm and restore the ability to bite, chew, and speak. We feature same-day crowns, so you don't have to return for a repeat visit.

What to Expect After Root Canal Treatment

After the anesthetic from your root canal wears off, you may experience some tenderness for a few days. You may also have a sore jaw, due to your mouth being open during treatment. An over-the-counter inflammatory of your choice can help provide relief. 

A Real Patient's Root Canal Story

"Verde Pointe Dental has been absolutely fantastic for my dental needs. They care about keeping you comfortable through the entire visit. I have had multiple root canals and crowns done here and they take amazing care of you throughout. Not only are they amazing while you’re getting work done, but the communication before and after is great too. Texts, and calls to ensure you remember your appointments, and friendly reminders abound. Please, take it from a guy who wouldn’t go to the dentist for nearly two decades, these folks will set your mind at ease, and bring your dental health up to the best it could possibly be." Christopher Leger

Commonly Asked Questions About Root Canal Therapy

What is the difference between root canals and root canal therapy?

Root canals are the passages or chambers that run from the crown of a tooth all the way to the tip of its root. Each tooth typically has between one and four root canals composed of blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues, collectively known as pulp. Root canal therapy, on the other hand, is the endodontic procedure used to treat an infection within the root canals.

What causes root canal infections?

Tooth decay can damage the outer structure of the tooth, penetrating through the enamel and dentin into the dental pulp. In other cases, physical injuries can fracture the outer structure, not only causing tooth pain, but leading to infection.

Is root canal therapy really necessary — or will my infection go away on its own?

Yes, root canal therapy is necessary for patients dealing with infected tooth pulp. Only endodontic therapy will be able to truly treat the infection at its source and prevent it from spreading any further. Without treatment, you could even lose your tooth.

What happens if you cannot save my tooth?

Our number one priority will be to save your tooth. Even if that's not possible, though, you still have hope. As a comprehensive practice, we are able to take care of all your tooth replacement needs, including placing dental implants and a custom crown.

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Verde Pointe Dental Associates

Verde Pointe Dental Associates

Our team of highly skilled and friendly professionals provides a range of pediatric, general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services for patients of all ages. Our affiliations include:

  • American Dental Association
  • Georgia Dental Association
  • American Society of Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry

Contact us online or call us at (770) 423-4900 to schedule an appointment today.

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