Treating root canals is precise and gentle in Augusta GA
Infected, cracked, or otherwise severely injured teeth can be extremely painful. The problem can also be alarming because no one wants to lose a natural tooth. Thankfully, there is a solution, available right here in Augusta, GA. Root canals (endodontic treatments) can save teeth, restore your oral health, and end the pain. This specialized procedure is the primary focus of our practice at Augusta Endodontic Center.
With more than 14 million root canal treatments performed annually, root canal treatment ranks among the most common procedures in dentistry. It is also one of the most benificial, because it preserves natural teeth and helps patients avoid replacements such as bridges or implants.
The benefits of root canal treatment from Augusta Endodontic Center
- Our providers are not only licensed dentists, but also certified endodontic specialists with extensive training and experience specific to this procedure
- Root canal treatment successfully saves natural teeth
- The success rate for this procedure is about 90 percent
- With local anesthetic, you should not feel pain during treatment
- Most patients can comfortably resume normal activities right away after treatment
What is root canal treatment?
In the middle of a tooth, there are blood vessels, nerves, and other soft tissues, collectively known as dental pulp. Chips, cracks, deep decay, and other tooth trauma can injure the pulp, or allow bacteria inside the tooth leaving it susceptible to infection. If this happens, your dentist will likely recommend root canal treatment, which is a non-surgical procedure to remove the diseased pulp.
We use local anesthetic to numb the treatment area and offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) for added comfort. During the procedure, your endodontist will remove the pulp then clean and seal the root canal system. Depending on the circumstances, this may take one or more appointments.
How much does the procedure cost?
The total treatment cost will vary, depending on the exact procedures needed, the severity of damage, and other factors. However, in most cases endodontic treatment is considerably more economical than the cost of extraction and subsequent replacement with a dental implant or other artificial tooth.
What happens after the procedure?
After the root canal procedure is complete, we will send the records to your dentist. The next step is restoring the tooth structure. This may be accomplished with a dental crown or other restoration, depending on your dentist’s recommendation. Within a few weeks of completing treatment at our office, you should contact your dentist to discuss restoration options.
Complications after root canal treatment or microsurgery are extremely rare. However, we are always available if a problem should arise. To prevent further decay, you should brush and floss regularly, as well as seeing your primary dentist for bi-annual checkups.
Signs you may need root canal treatment
The symptoms of injured or infected dental pulp include:
- Visible damage to the tooth
- Swelling around the tooth
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- Constant or recurring tooth pain
- Pain in the gums
- Abscesses (infection pockets) around the tooth
If you have any of these symptoms, or if your dentist has recommended root canal treatment, please contact us at (706) 800-9118.