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Root Canal

Are tooth pain and sensitivity causing you discomfort throughout your day?

These symptoms may indicate an abscess or infection in your dental pulp that must be treated to preserve the tooth.

Since 2001, Dr. Brett Helton has helped Columbus, GA, patients prevent tooth extraction with root canal therapy.

What Is Root Canal Treatment?

Within a root canal is a collection of nerves and blood vessels called the pulp. When bacteria accumulate on the surface of a tooth, they erode the enamel, causing a cavity, and spread to the pulp. This causes an infection of the root canal, which requires treatment from a dentist.

Root canal therapy can effectively remove the infection to preserve the health of your tooth and prevent the spread of damage. Without timely treatment, tooth extraction may become the only way to preserve your oral health and prevent future concerns.

Signs of a Root Canal Infection

Patients with an infected tooth may have noticeable symptoms like intense pain and chronic bad breath, but some patients have less apparent signs of a root canal infection, which is why regular dental appointments are essential. Here are some signs you should look for that may indicate an infection in your root canal:

  • Tooth pain
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Swollen gums
  • Pus or abscesses

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Keeping your root canals free of bacteria is important for the overall health of your mouth. If you're experiencing any signs of an infection in the root canal, we can help. The sooner you call our office, the quicker your symptoms can be relieved.

Unlike many other practices, root canal therapy at Columbus Aesthetic & Family Dentistry can often be completed during a single appointment thanks to our dentist's exceptional skill and our in-office CEREC® machine that allows us to make dental crowns in as little as an hour.

Contact our Columbus practice today to request an appointment with Dr. Helton and learn more about root canal treatment.

Call: (706) 563-3225

Dr. Helton can help relieve your tooth pain through root canal treatment.

"I was so pleased to know that
they perform root canals in-house."
5-Star Reviews From Columbus, GA, Patients

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Revell Parejo

2021

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Dr. Helton and his assistant, Ella, did an excellent job with the root canal treatment I received. Dr. Helton was so thorough and patient with explaining the process and making sure I was pain-free. I was so pleased to know that they perform root canals in-house. This procedure resolved a long-time painful problem I was having. Highly recommend Dr. Helton and his entire dental team.

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Manuel Vergne

2018

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I strongly recommend. I have the pleasure of having Dr Brown, Ashly, Janet, Ella and they were fantastic. I did not feel a pinch thru the entire process. They took the time to explain all procedures before they began, during and after. Even gave me a follow up call the next day!!!Remarkable expirience at the dentist.

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Root Canal Treatment Timeline

We will examine the structure of your tooth using digital X-rays to determine if you have an infection in the root canal.
We will examine the structure of your tooth using digital X-rays to determine if you have an infection in the root canal.

Diagnosing the Problem

We will first check for signs of a root canal infection and take X-rays for a more accurate diagnosis. If we find that bacteria have reached the interior of your tooth, we will explain root canal therapy to ensure you are comfortable and confident with this treatment.

Numbing With Anesthesia

We will begin your root canal procedure by administering a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. The treatment site will be numb, making the procedure virtually painless.

Accessing the Infection

Next, our dentist will create an opening in the top of your tooth to access your root canals and the infected pulp.

Removing the Pulp

Using specialized dental tools, Dr. Helton will carefully remove the infected pulp from your tooth.

Filling the Space

Dr. Helton will fill the space in the root canals with gutta-percha, a rubbery substance that is used to permanently seal the canals.

Restoring Your Teeth

Despite removing the pulp from the root canals, the treated tooth can still become infected in the future, so we will reshape it and cover it with a dental crown to help prevent future problems.

Dental Crown Options

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 in our office. Here are some pros and cons of CEREC crowns:

Pros of CEREC

  • Permanent crowns: CEREC technology can create permanent crowns, so you won't have to go a single day without a permanent tooth restoration.
  • Fewer office visits: In many cases, our CEREC machine allows us to complete an entire root canal procedure during a single appointment.
  • Comprehensive tech: From comfortable 3D scanning to custom fabrication, our CEREC machine has everything we need to complete your restoration.

Cons of CEREC

  • Less durable: CEREC crowns and traditional lab-made crowns can both be crafted from porcelain, a very durable material; however, lab-made crowns can also use other materials like zirconia or metals that can make the restoration even more durable.
  • Less detailed: Though our CEREC machines can craft a custom tooth that blends in with your smile, no machine can match the detail of crowns hand-crafted by artists at our partner lab.

Nervous About Treatment? We Offer Sedation

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Like many patients, you may fear that root canal therapy will be unpleasant and painful. In reality, the dental procedure involves minimal discomfort, and most patients find the process similar to receiving a basic dental filling.

Dr. Helton is renowned for his gentle and conservative approach, which helps minimize discomfort. A local anesthetic is also used during treatment to numb the area and surrounding teeth, making the procedure virtually painless.

However, if you are particularly anxious about undergoing treatment, we can provide nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help calm your nerves and keep you comfortable. The effects of the gas set in quickly and wear off just as fast, allowing you to drive yourself to and from your root canal appointment.

5-Star Review From a
Columbus, GA, Patient

Love these people! They truly care about their patients. Dr. Helton stays abreast of the latest techniques. Cindy Battley Davenport
Columbus Aesthetic & Family Dentistry

Columbus Aesthetic & Family Dentistry

Columbus Aesthetic & Family Dentistry is the area's premier destination for high-tech, personalized dental care. Led by Dr. Brett Helton, our team looks forward to providing you and your family with the treatment you need to maintain and improve your oral health. We are affiliated with several prestigious organizations, including:

  • Georgia Dental Association
  • Western District Dental Society
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • SPEAR Study Club

To schedule an appointment at our modern Columbus, GA, practice, contact us online or call: (706) 563-3225

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