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A root canal is a very common procedure which preserves a compromised tooth and restores it to a functional state. Recognizing the signs root canalyou may need a root canal can help you seek the help you need to treat your tooth decay and ensure that your teeth remain healthy for years to come. Find out more about a root canal and what this beneficial procedure can do for you with Dr. John Massey at Augusta Smile Care in Augusta, GA.

Do I need a root canal? 
You may need a root canal if your tooth has decay or damage which has compromised the inner soft tissues or nerves. You will most likely experience a toothache, but, in some cases, your family dentist may catch the decay before it has begun to cause pain. In this situation, your dentist will probably see the decay on an x-ray and prevent a toothache by performing a root canal before the decay advances any further. Other signs you may need a root canal include unexplained bad breath, sensitivity to hot and cold, and a pit or brown or black discoloration on the tooth.

What can I expect from a root canal procedure? 
Root canals begin with your family dentist administering a local anesthetic to your mouth to ensure that you do not feel any discomfort or pain during your procedure. Then your dentist removes the tooth’s inner soft tissues and nerves via a small access hole on the top of the tooth. After removing the decayed tissue, your dentist fills the tooth and seals it from future decay.

Do I need a dental crown after a root canal? 
Your dentist may also recommend placing a dental crown over the tooth to protect it from everyday damage. The crown will fit on top of your tooth and cover it on all sides, stabilizing it and ensuring that the large filling does not become damaged from eating or chewing. If your dentist recommends a crown, you will require an additional appointment after a dental laboratory has customized a crown for you.

Root Canal Therapy in Augusta, GA
If you think you need a root canal, you should consult with your family dentist as soon as possible. Though slow-growing, untreated tooth decay can lead to tooth loss and gum disease. For more information on root canal therapy, please contact Dr. John Massey at Augusta Smile Care in Augusta, GA. Call (706) 868-1322 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Massey today!

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