The mere mention of a root canal puts many people on edge. With modern technology and the aid of dental sedation, a root canal procedure is actually no more painful than having a dental filling. Columbus, GA dentist Dr. Albert Caves uses root canal therapy as a treatment method with the goal of preserving the natural tooth.
What is a Root Canal?
The term “root canal” actually refers to the natural cavity at the center of the tooth. Inside the root canal is soft tissue called pulp and the tooth’s nerve. Bacteria or debris can enter this area and cause an infection or in extreme cases, an abscess. An abscessed tooth is very serious and should be treated immediately as the infection can spread to other parts of the body. If you believe you have an abscessed tooth, contact our office immediately to schedule emergency dental care.
About the Root Canal Procedure
Root canal therapy usually requires multiple visits. First, Dr. Caves will take diagnostic x-rays to evaluate the tooth and root canal, looking for signs of infection in surrounding areas. The patient is given a form of anesthesia to make them more calm and relaxed. An small hole is drilled into the tooth to access the infected tissue and remove the damaged nerve and any debris inside the tooth. The root canal is then thoroughly cleaned and polished. The tooth may be temporarily sealed to keep out food and saliva between appointments.
Next, Dr. Caves will fill the root canal with a biocompatible rubber compound called gutta percha. The tooth will either be covered with a dental filling or a dental crown.
If you suspect you need root canal therapy, please contact our Columbus, Georgia dental office to schedule an appointment.