Root Canal Procedure

16214872_blogA root canal procedure is used to make a painful or infected tooth comfortable. When a tooth has decay, is broken down, or has an abscess, the nerve tissue inside the tooth is irritated which causes pain. A root canal treatment is used to repair the tooth and save it from needing to be extracted. Dr. Grody uses state-of-the-art technology to provide our patients with comfortable and efficient root canal treatments. You can rest assured that his 30 years of experience mean he has the ability to help you!

Despite the bad press root canal treatments get, they are quite painless with modern techniques. The unhealthy nerve is carefully removed and a rubber filling is put in its place. Later the tooth can be rebuilt or a dental crown can be placed over the tooth.

Depending on which tooth has the problem, a root canal can be done in one visit or it may require several visits to complete. If infection has set in, antibiotics may be necessary, in addition to the root canal treatment.

Dr. Grody has been helping dental patients for over 30 years. To schedule an appointment, call our dental office in Augusta at (207) 622-0450. We can answer your questions about root canal procedures.


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Root Canal Frequently Asked Questions

Are root canals painful?

No, root canals are not painful due to the use of a local anesthesia.

Why would I need a root canal?

Usually a root canal is necessary when a tooth becomes uncomfortable or painful. This is caused most often from decay or having had a lot of work done on it

How long does a root canal procedure take?

Some teeth with one root are done in a single visit of about an hour.

Other teeth that have more than one root like molars(back teeth) may take additional visits to complete

Will I need additional work done after a root canal?

Yes some teeth will need a filling to close the opening that the root canal was done through. Other teeth will need a filling and a crown on top to protect the tooth from breaking apart.