What you need to know about root canals from your Augusta, GA dentist
You’ve probably heard all kinds of stories about how bad root canals are, but the truth is, today’s modern root canals are state-of-the-art. Root canals, also called endodontic procedures, are nothing to be afraid of. They are a relatively quick, successful way to retain teeth that are painful and badly damaged. Dr. Alan Myers of Myers Family Dental in Augusta, Georgia wants you to know how root canals can remove pain, restore tooth function and keep you from expensive tooth replacement.
Years ago, if you had a painful tooth, often the tooth was just taken out, leaving you with a hole in your mouth, or expensive options to replace the tooth. Now, thanks to modern materials and techniques, you can keep your smile intact.
If you need a root canal, it is usually because you have a tooth that is:
- Extremely painful and unresponsive to pain management
- Deeply decayed into the pulp of the tooth
- Traumatized or injured from an accident or injury
- Infected with an abscess, causing you to lose bone around it
You may or may not feel pain and still need a root canal. Teeth can begin to get infected and not show any signs or symptoms at all. It is only through taking x-rays and performing pulp testing that you will know for sure if a root canal is needed.
If you do need a root canal, don’t panic! Dr. Myers will get your tooth profoundly numb so you don’t feel a thing! He uses state-of-the-art technology and is committed to providing the most comfortable, relaxing care before, during and after your root canal appointment.
After your tooth is completely numb, your Augusta dentist will remove the dead, diseased tissue from inside your tooth, and replace it with a sedative material, allowing your pain and pressure to subside. After a “calming down” period of a few days to a week or two, he will reopen your tooth and fill it permanently with an inert material. As a final step, he will close the opening with a small metal filling. That’s it!
A root canal is never something to fear, and it is an excellent way to repair damaged, painful teeth. You deserve to keep your teeth as long as possible, and now you can with root canal therapy. If you think you may need a root canal, it’s time to call Myers Family Dental in Augusta, Georgia. Call today and relieve your pain!