The stories you hear about root canals being painful are myths. A dentist that performs root canals uses modern equipment to treat the tooth and to diagnose you correctly. A root canal is usually done when the pulp inside the tooth gets infected. Deep decay occurs in the tooth through cavities, chips, or cracks that appear. The infection can spread into the roots and gum. If not treated, it can put you at risk for other health-related problems. At the Augusta Endodontic Center, we perform many root canals every year. Our dentists are licensed and endodontic specialists that treat the soft pulp inside the tooth.
Root canal symptoms are when your teeth hurt because of extremes of hot and cold foods. Your teeth hurt when you chew, or you have consistent throbbing pain. Sometimes, the tooth becomes discolored and has a grayish-black appearance. The infection can cause swollen gums around the tooth. You may develop a small gum boil that breaks and leaks pus. Your teeth often feel loose, or the nerves can be damaged.
Come in for an appointment to be assessed by one of our dentists. They will examine your teeth and use digital x-rays to make an accurate diagnosis. The Cone Beam CT machine takes safe 3D x-rays that show the area in your mouth completely. In this way, we can make an accurate diagnosis and use X-Nav, a navigation system that works with the x-rays to help us with a precision implant for root canals. Then, if you need a root canal, we can schedule a root canal treatment as soon as possible.
We have two types of root canals, non-surgical, like a deep cavity that we drill, clean, and fill. A surgical root canal is accessed from the gum and infected tissue removed and the tooth filled without pain. We use local anesthesia for both types of root canals and laughing gas if you need extra support. You will never feel any pain, and our drills are modern and fast. The laughing gas is inhaled and relaxes you even more.
The dentist will drill your teeth and remove the infected area and fill it in correctly. It is usually filled with a rubber substance that keeps bacteria or fluid from entering the tooth cavity and is a type of rubber cement. Often a temporary filling is placed over this and later removed. Finally, we will decide if further work is needed to restore the tooth structure.
If you are looking for a root canal dentist in Augusta, Dr. Manny Ngoh and the team at Agusta Endodontic Center are the best. Our dentists are endodontic specialists with the required training and years of experience. Call us at (706) 800-9118 to make an appointment or fill out our online form.
Dr. Emmanuel Ngoh has over 20 years of experience in dentistry. An alumnus of the Medical College of Georgia’s Schools of Dentistry and Allied Health and Kennesaw State University, he practiced as a General Dentist for four years before specializing in endodontics. He founded Augusta Endodontic Center to fulfill the endodontic needs of patients in the area.
Dr. Ngoh is a member of the American Association of Endodontists, American Dental Association, Christian Medical and Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, and Augusta Dental Society. He is a Faculty Member of the Georgia Regents University, College of Dental Medicine and has contributed to many research projects and journals. His efforts have been recognized with many awards and being voted as one of Augusta‘s Top Dentists by the Augusta Magazine.
Michelle Sarno, DDS received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the Columbia University of Dental Medicine and followed her endodontic residency at Fort Gordon, GA. She served as an Army General Dentist for over 10 years before entering private practice. She is a member of the American Association of Endodontists, American Dental Association, and Augusta Dental Society and is a Scientific Advisory Board Member for the Journal of Endodontics.
Wiley Purcell, DMD attended the University of Georgia, Dental College of Georgia from where he obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, and the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, where he completed his residency/ Advanced Education in General Dentistry. He served as a General Dentist at Christ Community Health Services before completing his Endodontic Residency at the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University. He is a member of the American Association of Endodontists, American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, and Augusta Dental Society.