A Root Canal Procedure Can Relieve Pain and Save Your Tooth
Dr. Jason McGibony in Statesboro, GA, can perform a root canal procedure for patients who are suffering from an infected tooth. Also known as endodontic treatment, root canal therapy can relieve pain and help you avoid the need for extraction. If left untreated, deep cavities and bacterial infection can lead to tooth loss and require more expensive and invasive restorative procedures. However, this virtually painless procedure can quickly and comfortably restore your oral health. A root canal traditionally requires two appointments, but because we can create custom dental crowns using in-house CEREC® technology, we can often complete the procedure in one visit.
Do You Need a Root Canal?
According to the American Association of Endodontists, more than 15 million root canals are performed in the country each year. In order to determine whether you need a root canal, we will first take an x-ray of your teeth. If the decay has become so advanced that it has reached the inner pulp chamber, we may perform a root canal. When the pulp becomes inflamed and infected, it can cause:
- Difficulty chewing
It is important to remember that some dental infections result in no noticeable symptoms. That is why it is so important to attend exams every six months.
A root canal is a process of removing infected inner tissue to salvage the outer tissue.
In order to ensure your treatment is as comfortable and painless as an ordinary filling, we will apply local anesthesia. After placing a protective rubber sheet around the tooth to protect against bacteria and debris during the procedure, we will create a small opening n the tooth and remove the infected pulp using a specially designed cleaning file. Once the pulp has been cleared from the pulp chamber and root canals (the centers of the tooth roots), we will apply an antiseptic. Once the tooth is disinfected, it is ready to be filled.
In dentistry, the preservation of tissue is the preferred approach whenever possible. A root canal is often the key to eradicating advanced decay without having to extract a tooth.
We will fill your root canals with an FDA-approved material called gutta-percha in order to seal the root canals and prevent reinfection. The tooth will then be sealed with a filling, and a special post may be inserted to provide extra support for your dental crown. Next, we will use our CEREC® technology to take a digital impression of your tooth. This information will guide automated tools in creating a custom crown from a single block of porcelain. Finally, the crown is placed on top of the tooth and secured with dental cement. We can make any fine adjustments necessary to ensure that your crown fits comfortably.
Some mild discomfort can be expected over the following days, but this can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
Schedule an Appointment
In dentistry, the preservation of tissue is the preferred approach whenever possible. A root canal is often the key to eradicating advanced decay without having to extract a tooth. During a consultation, we can determine if a root canal is right for you. If you are experiencing symptoms of advanced tooth decay, call our office at (912) 764-4403 to schedule an appointment. You can also send us an inquiry online.