If you have ever had a toothache, you probably understand the extent of the damage it can do to your daily life. While many people fear root canals, this common and safe procedure actually cures a toothache and restores the damaged or decayed tooth, allowing you to chew, eat, and speak normally. Find out more about root canal therapy and its benefits with Dr. Alan Myers at Myers Family Dental in Augusta, GA.
What does a root canal accomplish?
A root canal cleans out the inside of a damaged or decayed tooth to preserve its natural structure and saves the tooth from extraction. While extraction may seem like a non-complicated, quick answer to a toothache, it comes with many side effects like shifting teeth and bone atrophy. Preserving the structure of the tooth below the gumline with a root canal avoids these side effects and keeps your smile functioning properly for years to come.
How does a root canal work?
Your dentist will clean the decayed or damaged tissue from the inside of the tooth, then scrubs the inside of the tooth to ensure no tissue is left behind. While this saves the structure of the tooth below the gumline, the rest of the tooth is now hollow, requiring your dentist to place a filling material inside. While this restores the tooth itself, it leaves it compromised. A dental crown placed on top of the tooth stabilizes its structure, protects it, and helps prevent future damage.
Do I need a root canal?
A common and obvious sign of needing a root canal is a toothache. However, your dentist will suggest a root canal in a situation where the tooth’s inner nerves become damaged. In addition to treating an active toothache, your dentist may suggest a root canal before you experience pain due to decay moving toward the nerve. This prevents a toothache from ever happening and treats the decay or damage.
Root Canal Therapy in Augusta, GA
We can help you determine if you could benefit from a root canal at a consultation or one of your bi-annual visits for a regular dental examination and cleaning. For more information on root canal therapy, please contact Dr. Myers at Myers Family Dental in Augusta, GA. Call (706) 738-7742 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Myers today!