Dr. Abernathy maintains a membership in the Academy of General Dentistry, one of only a few professional organizations that require members to keep up with current advances in the dental profession by attending a specified number of continuing education courses every year.




As you may have learned in junior high school science class, each tooth contains a central nerve which runs through a tiny tube or 'canal' that goes the full length of the root. Root canal treatment consists of accessing this canal by drilling a small opening through the tooth, then removing the soft tissues (nerve, blood vessels, etc.), sterilizing the canal, and then filling the canal with a material that will seal it and protect against future infection.



The need for root canal treatment comes about when the soft tissues within the canal become damaged, diseased, or infected from tooth decay or fracture, or from other trauma to the tooth.




Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatments are estimated to be about 95% successful. That is a good success rate for any medical procedure, but it also means that some root canal procedures fail, either immediately or years after the treatment. When this happens, retreatment of the canals is often an option. This process is not too much different from the initial treatment, but involves the additional step of removing all of the original root canal filler in order to gain access to the canal. Some of the older endodontic techniques involved using metallic fillers in the canals, and these can be very difficult to remove, making retreatment of the canal a slower process that was the initial treatment.



Surgical Treatment

There are times when conventional root canal treatment will not suffice. Many times a surgical treatment known as "apicoectomy" is required to remove a lesion that has formed within the jaw bone around the tip, or apex, of the tooth root. This procedure is a little more invasive, but usually no more difficult than conventional root canal treatment, and is performed in the dental office. As seen in the diagram below, the process involves making a very small incision in the gum tissue over the tooth root, reflecting that tissue to gain access to the infection or lesion, and removing the lesion. This usually involves removing a small portion (2-3millimeters) of the tip of the tooth root to gain full access to the lesion.



The Abernathy Difference

There are many ways to go about performing root canal treatments. Dr. Abernathy has maintained a dental practice for more than thirty years, and during that time he has noticed that various aspects of root canal treatment techniques were either good for the long-term health of individual teeth, or were not so good. After analyzing the many materials, instruments, and techniques available for endodontic treatment, he has chosen the methodologies that he is certain will be beneficial not only for the root canal treatment, but also for the general dental treatment that will follow, and for the long-term health of the tooth.


Dr. Abernathy has always believed he could provide a better service for his patients if he made a conscious effort to "learn from the very best." To that end, he has been persistent and very blessed to learn endodontic techniques from several of the very best practitioners in the world, some of whom teach their secrets to only a very few select individuals each year. In his own practice, Dr. Abernathy uses a combination of only the best techniques from only the best practitioners. This "best of the best" approach allows him to provide a very unique service about which both patients and referring doctors rave.



Treatment Well Worth the Trip

Dr. Abernathy endeavors to maintain a state-of-the-art practice in all respects…techniques, materials, dental equipment, and staff. All of his treatments are performed under a dental surgical microscope, which allows him to see all of the intricate anatomy with the canal system of each tooth. He utilizes a digital xray system, which allows him to view a larger and more detailed xray of your tooth than can be seen with the smaller conventional dental film. Dental lasers, precise electronic measuring devices that evaluate root lengths to tenths of millimeters, micro-instrumentation, and much more, allow him to perform treatments that are far more delicate and precise than can be accomplished with conventional techniques. This translates into a higher quality treatment, and a gentler, more pain free, more enjoyable treatment experience for you, the patient.


If you are interested in learning more about your impending root canal treatment, Dr. Abernathy is author of two related ebooks that you can download at no cost by clicking the links below. The first, What is a Root Canal Anyway, and Why Does it Hurt So Much? is an explanation of how root canal treatment has changed for the better in recent years, and offers reasons why there is no need to fear the treatment any more. The second ebook, How Do I Deal With Dental Pain When I Can’t Find a Dentist? offers suggestions for what to do, and what not to do when a toothache starts on Saturday morning and you can’t find a dentist anywhere.


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