Teeth undergo a lot of wear and tear over the course of your life. Age, accidental injury, and decay can cause extensive damage to a tooth, putting it at risk of being extracted. In many cases, root canal treatment can repair severely damaged or decayed teeth to save them from extraction. At Augusta Endodontic Center, we specialize in saving natural teeth with root canal therapy. Your natural teeth are extremely valuable and should be spared, whenever possible, from extraction.
A root canal is an endodontic treatment designed to repair teeth that have suffered severe damage due to tooth infection or decay. Root canal entails removing the infected pulp and tissues, cleaning and disinfecting the tooth canals, and filling the tooth with a special material called gutta-percha to prevent further infection. Dr. Manny Ngoh will then place a crown on the tooth to restore its shape, appearance, and usefulness. Once a tooth has a root canal, it can function normally without worrying about breakage. With proper care, your restored natural tooth can provide you with a lifetime of quality use. As root canals require the use of anesthesia, your procedure is practically pain-free.
Although advances in modern dentistry have made it possible to replace lost teeth, that’s no reason to extract natural teeth, especially when these teeth can be repaired and restored to full usefulness. There’s really no substitute for the look, feel, and function of natural teeth – although restorative artificial teeth try to come as close as possible. Endodontic treatment can help maintain your smile, improve your oral health and restore your ability to eat and speak. Saving natural teeth through root canal therapy can also spare you the cost of restorative dental procedures in the future.
Natural teeth are also important for retaining the structure of your face and jaw. The roots of natural teeth stimulate the bone structure of your jaw so that it retains a balanced, symmetrical shape. Extracting natural teeth can lead to bone loss, which can cause your jaw to sag. Tooth extraction can also cause remaining teeth to shift out of position, ruining your tooth alignment.
Tooth extraction may seem quick and easy, especially when you have a painful toothache due to severe decay, but it comes with its share of consequences:
Before opting for extraction, discuss your options with Dr. Manny Ngoh to get the bigger picture. It’s possible your tooth can be saved through root canal therapy. To learn more about the tooth-saving power of root canal procedures, contact Augusta Endodontic Center, Augusta, GA, 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.