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By Highland Dental
December 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Root CanalIf you need a root canal, we can help at Highland Dental. Some people thing a root canal is something to fear, but root canal treatment is similar to having a cavity filled so there is nothing to fear at all. Root canal treatment can strengthen and restore infected or damaged teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted so you can keep your natural teeth. At Highland Dental, Dr. Michael Nguyen is your dentist for root canals in Smyrna, GA.

What is a Root Canal?

Root canals are more commonly referred to as root canal treatment by dental professionals because the procedure is actually a method for treating damaged or infected teeth. Root canal treatment is sometimes needed when an infection develops in the soft pulp at the center of a tooth. As the infection spreads down through the canals of the tooth into the root, it can cause an abscess to develop below the tooth. Without treatment, the infection can continue spreading to other areas of the mouth and infect other teeth.

Root canal treatment is used to remove all signs of infection from inside the tooth, as well as strengthen and restore the tooth so it can resume normal biting and chewing functions. The procedure for root canal treatment is quite similar to that of having a cavity filled. The dentist drills into the tooth and removes infected pulp from the center of the tooth, as well as from inside the root. After removing all signs of infection, the interior of the tooth and root is cleaned. Dental filling is then used to fill in the tooth and seal it.

Signs You Need a Root Canal

There are a few different signs you might need root canal treatment, which can help you avoid tooth extraction. Signs you need root canal treatment include:

  • A persistent or severe toothache
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold items
  • Sharp pain when biting and chewing food
  • Constant pressure or pain in the mouth

Benefits of a Root Canal

Root canal treatment offers several benefits. It saves teeth from being extracted, which means you get to keep your natural teeth rather than replacing them with artificial ones. Root canal treatment also prevents infection from spreading further and eliminates toothaches and mouth pain associated with the infected pulp. Finally, root canal treatment restores infected teeth and strengthens them so they can resume normal biting and chewing functions. In Smyrna, root canal treatment can be performed by Dr. Nguyen at Highland Dental.

Help is available if you need a root canal. Dr. Nguyen can examine your problem tooth to determine if it can be preserved and restored through root canal treatment. For root canals in Smyrna, GA, schedule an appointment with Dr. Nguyen by calling Highland Dental at (678) 305-9916.


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When die-hard music fans hear that their favorite performer is canceling a gig, it’s a big disappointment—especially if the excuse seems less than earth-shaking. Recently, British pop sensation Dua Lipa needed to drop two dates from her world tour with Bruno Mars. However, she had a very good reason.

“I’ve been performing with an awful pain due to my wisdom teeth,” the singer tweeted, “and as advised by my dentist and oral surgeon I have had to have them imminently removed.”

The dental problem Lipa had to deal with, impacted wisdom teeth, is not uncommon in young adults. Also called third molars, wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt (emerge from beneath the gums), generally making their appearance between the ages of 18-24. But their debut can cause trouble: Many times, these teeth develop in a way that makes it impossible for them to erupt without negatively affecting the healthy teeth nearby. In this situation, the teeth are called “impacted.”

A number of issues can cause impacted wisdom teeth, including a tooth in an abnormal position, a lack of sufficient space in the jaw, or an obstruction that prevents proper emergence. The most common treatment for impaction is to extract (remove) one or more of the wisdom teeth. This is a routine in-office procedure that may be performed by general dentists or dental specialists.

It’s thought that perhaps 7 out of 10 people ages 20-30 have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. Some cause pain and need to be removed right away; however, this is not always the case. If a wisdom tooth is found to be impacted and is likely to result in future problems, it may be best to have it extracted before symptoms appear. Unfortunately, even with x-rays and other diagnostic tests, it isn’t always possible to predict exactly when—or if—the tooth will actually begin causing trouble. In some situations, the best option may be to carefully monitor the tooth at regular intervals and wait for a clearer sign of whether extraction is necessary.

So if you’re around the age when wisdom teeth are beginning to appear, make sure not to skip your routine dental appointments. That way, you might avoid emergency surgery when you’ve got other plans—like maybe your own world tour!

If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”


By Highland Dental
December 11, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  
PracticetheDentalCareBasicstoEnsureaHealthySmile

For over half a century, dentists have promoted a proven strategy for sound dental health. Not only is this strategy effective, it’s simple too: brush and floss every day, and visit your dentist at least twice a year or as soon as you see a problem.

Unfortunately, this strategy isn’t resonating well with people between the ages of 18 and 34, known more commonly as the “millennials.” A recent survey of 2,000 members of this age bracket found a startling number: over one-third didn’t brush their teeth as often as recommended, some going as long as two days between brushings. About the same number also reported fear of dental visits. Given all that, the next statistic isn’t surprising: tooth decay affects one in three people in the millennial age group.

This isn’t to pick on millennials, but to point out that good oral hygiene naturally leads to good oral health, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. Here’s more about the dental care basics for better health.

Brush twice, floss once daily. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a thorough brushing with toothpaste containing fluoride twice a day. You also shouldn’t neglect a once a day flossing between teeth to remove plaque from areas brushing can’t effectively reach. Keeping plaque accumulation to a minimum is the best way to prevent diseases like tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease.

Visit your dentist at least twice a year. Dental visits every six months (or more if your dentist recommends it) accomplish two things: a professional dental cleaning removes any buildup of plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) missed by daily hygiene. It also allows your dentist to inspect your teeth and gums for any signs of disease that may require treatment.

See your Dentist ASAP if you notice problems. You should also see your dentist sooner if you notice anything abnormal like unusual spotting on the teeth, tooth pain or sensitivity, or swollen, reddened or bleeding gums. These are all signs of disease, and the sooner it’s treated the less chance your teeth and gums will suffer serious harm.

Like other age groups, millennials know the importance of a healthy smile, not only for social and career interaction, but also for their own personal well-being. Sticking to a regular dental care program is the primary way to keep that healthy smile.

If you would like more information on effective oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.