Treat a Tooth Infection and Preserve Your Oral Health with Root Canal Therapy
When bacteria reaches the inner chambers of a tooth, it can lead to a range of oral health concerns. Fortunately, root canal therapy with Dr. Brett Helton in Columbus, GA, can restore the health of an infected tooth and prevent the need for extraction. Unlike at many other practices, root canal therapy at Columbus Aesthetic & Family Dentistry can often be completed during a single appointment thanks to Dr. Helton's exceptional skill and our in-office CEREC® (chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics) machine. Contact our practice today to schedule an appointment and learn more.
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Why Is Root Canal Therapy Performed?
The interior of your tooth, referred to as its pulp, contains a collection of nerves and blood vessels. As oral bacteria accumulates on the surface of a tooth, it can slowly erode enamel and eventually spread to the pulp, causing an infection. Patients with an infected tooth can experience significant pain and may also suffer from chronic bad breath and other issues. Without treatment, tooth extraction may become the only way to preserve your oral health and prevent future concerns. Root canal therapy can effectively stop the spread of bacteria to preserve the health of the tooth and prevent additional damage.
Diagnosing a Tooth Infection
Before undergoing root canal therapy, we will first need to perform an accurate diagnosis. We will examine the structure of your tooth using digital dental x-rays to help determine if it is infected. If we find that oral bacteria has reached the interior of your tooth, we will first explain your diagnosis and what to expect during root canal therapy to ensure you are comfortable and confident.
The Root Canal Procedure
We will begin your root canal procedure by administering an anesthetic to ensure your comfort. Next, we will create a small opening near the top of your tooth to access its root canals. Using small tools, Dr. Helton will then remove infected tissue and clean the area before filling in the resulting space with a rubber-like paste. The treated tooth can still be prone to future infection, so we will reshape it and cover it with a dental crown.
Depending on your needs, we can have your crown fabricated at a local dental lab or use our advanced CEREC® machine to create your restoration here in our office. Using the CEREC® machine allows us to complete an entire root canal procedure during a single appointment in many cases. Once your crown is ready, we will bond it in place to restore the strength and function of your treated tooth.
The Truth about Root Canal Discomfort
Like many patients, you may fear that root canal therapy will be highly unpleasant. In reality, the treatment involves minimal discomfort, and most patients find the process similar to receiving a basic dental filling. Furthermore, Dr. Helton is renowned for his gentle and conservative approach, which will help to minimize any discomfort. If you are particularly nervous about undergoing treatment, we can even provide nitrous oxide (laughing gas) sedation to help you remain at ease.
Schedule an Appointment Today
To learn more about our approach to root canal therapy or schedule an appointment, contact Columbus Aesthetic & Family Dentistry today.