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By Myers Family Dental
August 10, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Remembered fondly by fans as the wacky but loveable Carlton on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Alfonso Ribeiro is currently in his fifth year hosting America's Funniest Videos. It's the perfect gig for the 48-year-old actor, who loves to laugh and make others laugh as well. This is quite the opposite experience from one he had a few years ago that he remembers all too well: a severely decayed tooth.

After seeing his dentist for an intense toothache, Ribeiro learned he had advanced tooth decay and would need root canal treatment. Ribeiro wasn't thrilled by the news. Like many of us, he thought the procedure would be unpleasant. But he found afterward that not only was the root canal painless, his toothache had vanished.

More importantly, the root canal treatment saved his tooth, as it has for millions of others over the last century. If you're facing a situation similar to Alfonso Ribeiro's, here's a quick look at the procedure that could rescue your endangered tooth.

Getting ready. In preparation for root canal therapy, the tooth and surrounding gums are numbed, often first with a swab of local anesthesia to deaden the surface area in preparation for the injection of the main anesthesia below the surface. A dental dam is then placed to isolate the infected tooth from its neighbors to prevent cross-contamination.

Accessing the interior. To get to the infection, a small access hole is drilled. The location depends on the tooth: in larger back teeth, a hole is drilled through the biting surface, and in front teeth, a hole is drilled on the backside. This access allows us to insert special tools to accomplish the next steps in the procedure.

Cleaning, shaping and filling. Small tools are used to remove the diseased tissue from the interior tooth pulp and root canals. Then the empty spaces are disinfected. This, in effect, stops the infection. Next, the root canals inside the tooth are shaped to allow them to better accept a special filling called gutta percha. The access hole is then sealed to further protect the tooth from future infection, and a temporary crown is placed.

A new crown to boot. Within a couple weeks, we'll cap the tooth with a long-lasting lifelike crown (or a filling on certain teeth). This adds further protection for the tooth against infection, helps strengthen the tooth's structure, and restores the tooth's appearance.

Without this procedure, the chances of a tooth surviving this level of advanced decay are very slim. But undergoing a root canal, as Alfonso Ribeiro did, can give your tooth a real fighting chance.

If you would like more information about root canal treatments, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment” and “Root Canal Treatment: How Long Will It Last?

February 21, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Can you itemize things you fear? Many people include root canal therapy on that list but really shouldn't. At Myers Family Dental in Augusta, our dentists perform painless root canal procedures that relieve infection and save teeth for life. Dr. Alan Myers and Dr. Eliza Myers perform this restorative treatment entirely in-office using the best of materials and a compassionate chairside manner.


Do you need root canal therapy?

If you do, relax. At our Augusta, GA, office, your dentists have good reasons to recommend this treatment. After all, root canal treatment can:

  • Remove infected and damaged interior tooth pulp
  • Strengthen weak tooth structure with a filling or porcelain crown
  • Prevent further infection and tooth loss
  • Relieve pain

That's right, root canal therapy does not cause pain—it relieves pain. This is because the procedure is performed with the benefit of local anesthetic, eliminating the possibility of discomfort. Afterward, over-the-counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen clears up any lingering discomfort.


The procedure

It takes two visits to Myers Family Dental to complete. During the first, your dentist accesses each root canal in your tooth. Using tiny, specialized tools, the compromised interior pulp (i.e. the inner tooth material consisting of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue) is removed. Special medication is then used to disinfect the canals, and gutta-percha, a biocompatible putty, seals each chamber. Finally, a temporary filling covers the tooth until the next appointment.

When you return to the office, Dr. Myers removes the temporary restoration, checks the status of the tooth, and places a custom-made porcelain crown over the tooth to support and beautify it. Myers Family Dental has several types of porcelain crowns available, including ceramic e-max and BruxZir zirconia crowns.


No fear

Root canal therapy is your friend. If you are concerned about the condition of a tooth or are experiencing any troubling symptoms, call your Augusta area dentist at Myers Family Dental right away for an appointment. Feel better, and enjoy the benefits of a healthy, complete smile. Phone the office today at (706) 738-7742.

By Myers Family Dental
July 11, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: root canal  

If you are dealing with a toothache this symptom could mean an infected or inflamed dental pulp, which will need to be treated to prevent more serious complications such as tooth loss. If you are dealing with a toothache, don’t worry. Dentists Drs. Alan and Eliza Myers in Augusta, GA are here to help.

Does a toothache always mean that I need root canal treatment?

No, not necessarily; however, it does mean that there is something going on with your tooth. While our bodies are able to fight infection or other issues on their own, often without treatment; unfortunately, when a problem befalls our teeth or gums these problems won’t just go away on their own or heal themselves. This means that Dr. Myers will need to examine your tooth to find out what’s going on.

While a toothache could also mean a cracked tooth or decay, often times a toothache occurs because bacteria or damage to the tooth has impacted the health of the dental pulp, a soft mass that lies within the tooth. Once the pulp has been affected the only option is to get a root canal as soon as possible to prevent the bacteria from spreading further.

What goes into getting a root canal?

There are several steps involved in getting a root canal. Despite what you may have heard about root canals, this procedure is really nothing to stress over. In fact, it’s really no more invasive than treating a cavity and placing a dental filling. Here’s what will happen during your root canal:

  • Your dentist will numb the area with local anesthesia.
  • Once the area is numb your dentist will remove the diseased pulp.
  • Once the inside of the tooth is cleaned out it will be filled with a special rubber-like material. The canals may also be filled.
  • A temporary crown will be placed over the tooth to protect it while our dental lab makes your permanent crown.
  • You’ll come back in a few weeks later to get your permanent crown fitted and placed.

Do you still have questions about root canal treatment? Are you dealing with a toothache? Whether you just have questions or require immediate dental care, rest assured that you can always turn to the dental professionals at Myers Family Dental in Augusta, GA. Call (706) 738-7742.

December 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

That toothache is trying to tell you something. Isn’t it time you listened?

Ouch! Your tooth hurts. What could be going on? Why might your tooth be causing you pain and will it just go away on its own? Unfortunately, the answer is no. Dental pain is often the sign that something is wrong with the tooth. While in some cases it might mean you have a cavity other times dentists Dr. Alan Myers and Dr. Eliza Myers at Myers Family Dental in Augusta, GA may discover that the dental pulp, an internal soft structure made up of nerves, is inflamed or infected. This means that root canal treatment will be necessary to remove the affected pulp.

What are the warning signs that might mean I need a root canal?

While you should never try and self-diagnose, it is important to understand the warning signs that require you to visit your dentist for care. The most common sign that you need a root canal is dental pain. Dental pain can manifest itself in different ways. Pain may be persistent or it may come and go. Pain may also get worse when chewing or biting down on the tooth.

Another symptom that’s common for those dealing with an inflamed or infected dental pulp is sudden tooth sensitivity. You may notice that out of the blue your tooth zaps or zings whenever you drink or eat something hot or cold. This may also occur when eating sugar.

Other warning signs include:

  • Red, swollen gums around the affected tooth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • An abscess (a pimple-like bump) on the gums

It’s important that you come in right away if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. If in doubt, give us a call and let us know what symptoms you are experiencing and we’ll decide whether you should come in immediately for care.

What is the purpose of a root canal?

The sole purpose of root canal therapy is to remove the infected dental pulp and to clean out the tooth and remove the bacteria to prevent it from spreading to surrounding teeth or even the jawbone, which can cause more serious complications for your oral health. A root canal is a required procedure if you have an infected or inflamed dental pulp. If left untreated, the infection or bacteria will continue to spread, leading to tooth and bone loss. A root canal can preserve your natural tooth and prevent the need for an extraction.

Don’t let your toothache go ignored. If this is something you or a loved one is experiencing it’s important that you call Dr. Alan or Eliza Myers, at Myers Family Dental in Augusta, GA, to schedule an appointment. Call (706) 738-7742.

By Myers Family Dental
July 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

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 canalsRoot 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!