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.
Decayed or injured teeth? Keep smiling for life with root canal therapy!
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.
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.