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Bailey Family Dentistry | Root Canal in Covington

2301 North Hwy 190 ~ Suite 4
Covington, LA 70433
(985) 809-9697
baileydentistry@bellsouth.net 
Thomas Bailey, DDS
Root Canal
 

Endodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the nerves of the teeth. Root canals are probably deemed to be the most notorious procedure in dentistry and the most common procedure relating to endodontics. When a tooth becomes infected it is usually related to the nerves in the root of the tooth. The infected nerves need to be removed. If left untreated an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a much more serious problem that includes bone loss in the jaw.

The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to start the procedure. The dentist will then drill down into the tooth to create an opening into the canal. Infected tissue can then be removed and the canal cleaned. After the infection has been removed, the space is filled with a sealant called gutta percha. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal be fitted with a crown. This will improve the strength and appearance of the tooth, and will also make it much more likely that the root canal is completed successfully.  Dr. Bailey performs most premolar, canine, and incisor root canals in his office.  He will usually utilize an  Endodontist (root canal specialist) for most molar root canals due to the complexed nature of the molar root system.

The phrase "root canal" has become a scary term for dental patients to hear, but the benefits of the procedure and advances in dental technology have made it much less "scary". Local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little to no pain in most cases. The procedure will also give relief from pain caused by the infection, allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any pain from heat, cold, or biting.  If you are experiencing pain, arrange a consult with Dr. Bailey  today.

 
 
 
Covington Dentist | Root Canal. Thomas Bailey is a Covington Dentist.
2301 North Hwy 190 ~ Suite 4
Covington, LA 70433