Logo, Vernon F. Beamon, D.M.D., P.A. - Dental Office

(228) 896-3600 • (228) 896-3606 (Fax)

400 Courthouse Plaza, Gulfport, MS 39507

   

Comfortable, Thorough Root Canal Procedure

When decay either has damaged a tooth or will eventually do so, root canal therapy can save that tooth. It can also prevent a painful infection from developing in the pulp and spreading through the bloodstream to other teeth.

Our knowledgeable dentists use leading-edge technology and instruments to provide you with a comfortable experience and lasting results. For example, they use advanced rotary techniques that make root canal therapy easier and faster and can usually perform a root canal in just one visit. Plus, our dentists make sure that when a root canal isn’t really needed, a more conservative procedure will be used instead.
 

How the Procedure Works

Our dentist will start your root canal therapy by injecting a local anesthetic to numb your gums and teeth. Then he’ll gently remove the pulp and nerve from the tooth using his advanced rotary instruments. Finally, he’ll fill the inside part of your tooth under the gum line with medicine and a filling material that are cemented into the root of the tooth. Under normal circumstances a root canal-treated tooth can last a lifetime.

Diagram of a Tooth

Signs of Needing Root Canal Therapy

A root canal is simply the space – or canal – that’s within the root of a tooth. Infected root canals are one of the most commonly occurring dental problems. Symptoms that indicate you might need root canal therapy include:

• Pain when biting or chewing food
• Very painful toothache that keeps you up at night
• Pain that begins in the tooth and can spread to the jaw, ear, head etc.
• Dental conditions like tooth decay, a chipped tooth or a broken tooth
• Moderate to severe lingering toothache that may throb and be sensitive to hot and cold elements
• Swelling or tenderness in your gum that may, upon applying pressure, release blood or pus

Because the symptoms of extensive pulpal nerve damage are similar to various other dental conditions like gum disease and tooth decay, it is important to get a thorough oral evaluation to discover if root canal therapy is really necessary for you.

Woman Having Tooth Pain