What Does a Root Canal Procedure Involve?
Root canal treatment involves removing the infected pulp (or nerve) from the center canal of the tooth that runs down the root, sterilizing the canal and then filling it. Dr. Nash will go through the top of the tooth to access the center canal. Then, thin spiral files will be used to pull the infected tissue and bacteria out.
We normally use a material called gutta-percha to fill and seal the root canal, as its rubber-like qualities safely seal the canal and keep bacteria out. Most root canal procedures we perform in our Vicksburg office can be completed in a single appointment.
What to Expect After the Root Canal Procedure.
At Nash Family Dentistry, we complete most endodontic treatments in one visit. If your tooth can be treated in our office, you will save the time and hassle of driving 50 miles to Jackson, where the closest endodontist’s office is located. During the procedure, Dr. Nash will remove the pulp and infected tooth material. He will then disinfect the empty pulp chamber and fill it with a synthetic material called gutta percha. Finally, he will seal the cavity and cap the tooth with a crown.
A root canal procedure eases the pain of infection and usually prevents the need for extraction and replacement of the affected tooth. We can perform your crown preparation (shaping the remaining tooth structure so the crown achieves a precise fit) and root canal therapy in the same visit. We can provide a temporary crown until the final restoration is ready for placement.
In the case of certain complex root canal procedures, Dr. Nash may refer you to a nearby, trusted endodontist for care.
If you are experiencing tooth pain or have been told that you need to have a root canal procedure, call Nash Family Dentistry in Vicksburg, MS for an appointment at (601) 501-4288. Contact our dental office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nash.