Root Canal Therapy in Gulfport, MS

Root Canal Therapy in Gulfport, MS

A root canal is an endodontic therapy used to remove decay and bacteria from an infected tooth. At Emery L. Edwards DDS, we perform this necessary procedure when the tooth's nerve becomes inflamed or infected. When this occurs, the dentist must remove the nerve tissue and clean the inside of the tooth to prevent future infections. Once the tooth has been cleaned, it will be sealed with a filling or crown to protect it from further damage. This treatment can save the tooth from extraction and prevent the spread of infection. 

The Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

Tooth Preservation

Preserving natural teeth is a cornerstone of modern dentistry; root canal therapy embodies this principle. Instead of extracting a severely infected tooth, root canal therapy removes the infected pulp and preserves the remaining healthy tooth structure. This not only maintains your smile's aesthetics but also prevents the potential complications of tooth loss.

Emery L. Edwards DDS
Emery L. Edwards DDS

Restoration of Function

Infected teeth can compromise your ability to bite, chew, and speak comfortably. Root canal therapy in Gulfport, MS, restores the functionality of the affected tooth, enabling you to enjoy your favorite foods painlessly and talk more confidently. 

Aesthetic Preservation

Tooth extraction can lead to gaps in your smile, impacting aesthetics and self-confidence. Root canal therapy ensures that much of your natural tooth remains in place, preventing the need for tooth replacement options like dental implants or bridges. 

Prevention of Infections

An infected tooth can harbor bacteria that can spread to other body parts, leading to systemic health issues. By eliminating the source of infection through root canal therapy, you prevent the spreading of harmful bacteria and potential health complications.

The Root Canal Therapy Procedure

Our dentist in Gulfport, MS, will first examine your tooth using X-rays, to assess the extent of the infection. If a root canal is needed, they will discuss the procedure and answer any questions you may have.  

Local anesthesia is then administered to ensure your comfort throughout the process. A small access opening is made in the tooth's crown to reach the infected pulp chamber and root canals. The infected pulp tissue is then removed, and the canals are cleaned, disinfected, and shaped using specialized instruments. 

Then, the cleaned canals are filled with a biocompatible gutta-percha material to prevent re-infection. The access opening is sealed with a temporary or permanent filling.  

In most cases, a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy will require additional restoration, such as a dental crown, which will provide strength and protection and restore its natural appearance. 

Root canal therapy can save your smile from potential disaster and give you a renewed sense of comfort, function, and confidence. If you're experiencing dental pain or suspect an infection, visit Emery L. Edwards, DDS, at 1626 E Pass Rd, Gulfport, MS 39507, or call (228) 896-4084 to explore whether root canal therapy can restore your smile's health, function, and beauty, ultimately preserving your natural teeth for years to come. 


Emery L. Edwards DDS


1626 E Pass Rd,
Gulfport, MS 39507

Office Hours

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