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By Highland Dental
October 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Root Canal  

Wondering whether or not your dental problems need root canal treatment?

Need a root canal? Have a family member that needs a root canal? Dealing with a toothache and wondering if a root canal is on the horizon? Root canal therapy is one of the most common dental procedures our Smyrna, GA, dentist Dr. Michael Nguyen performs. While there is a lot of misinformation out there about root canals, we are here to explain why they are performed and how to know whether you might need one.

Why are root canals performed?

A root canal is a classic endodontic procedure, which simply means that our Smyrna GA dentist will need to go inside the tooth to treat the problem. There is a wide range of reasons why your dentist may recommend a root canal. Some of these include:

  • Widespread and severe decay
  • A cracked or chipped tooth
  • An infection within the tooth
  • Issues with a faulty crown or filling
  • A tooth that has undergone multiple dental procedures
  • Traumatic injury to the tooth (e.g. sports; car accident)

It all boils down to the dental pulp, a structure that lies inside the tooth. If bacteria get inside the tooth and infect the pulp, the only option is to perform a root canal to remove the pulp before the bacteria continues to spread or turns into an abscess (a serious dental infection that can damage bone, teeth, and tissue).

Do I need a root canal?

Sometimes you won’t experience any symptoms or changes at all. This is why visiting the dentist for routine checkups twice a year is a must for everyone. We can catch these problems that may otherwise go undetected, and we can all agree that the sooner we catch the problem and treat it, the better!

Of course, it’s also important to come into our office right away if you do experience any of these symptoms of an infected or inflamed dental pulp:

  • A sudden, severe toothache
  • Pain that gets worse when chewing or putting pressure on the tooth
  • Intense, lingering tooth sensitivity to extreme temperatures or sugar
  • Swollen, tender gums around the tooth
  • A tooth that suddenly turns dark (a sign of tissue death within the tooth)

If you still have questions about getting a root canal, our Smyrna, GA, dental team is here to answer your questions and assuage your concerns. Don’t hesitate to call Highland Dental at (678) 305-9916 to talk to Dr. Michael Nguyen.


By Highland Dental
October 06, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implant surgery is performed by installing synthetic tooth roots that will bond permanently with the jawbone. This enables your dentist to install the replacement tooth in the form of a dental crown that’s made to function, feel, and appear like your real teeth. Here at Highland Dental in Smyrna, GA, dental implants are one of the most popular solutions Dr. Michael Nguyen uses for replacing one or a couple of missing teeth.

How Dental Implant Surgery Restores Missing Teeth

The procedure spans multiple appointments that will be spaced a couple of months apart. In the first appointment, the mouth is numbed using IV sedation or a local anesthetic to avoid discomfort and pain when the dental implant is surgically implanted. Your dentist will make an incision in the gums where the implant will be implanted into the jawbone. This incision will be closed to ensure proper and safe healing.

You will come back for your second appointment after several months. This will give your jawbone ample time to grow around your dental implant to ensure that it’s strong enough to remain in its proper position. This is known as osseointegration in which the titanium implant combines permanently with the jawbone.

Once your dentist in Smyrna determines that your dental implant is secure, he’ll then place an abutment, which is a connecting device, over the implant’s post portion. This component will be responsible for supporting the new tooth. Once your gums are healed, molds of your teeth will be taken for creating the dental crown. When the crown is ready, it will then be installed atop the abutment, completing the dental implant surgery.

Recovering From Dental Implant Surgery

Expect to feel out-of-sorts for a couple of hours if you were under IV sedation, so make sure you have someone that can drive you home. Following the placement of your dental implants from your Smyrna dentist, you will also experience pain, some bleeding, swelling, and bruising. To manage the pain, your dentist will recommend OTC pain medications.

It’s also vital to remember that implants need to be cared for just like your real teeth. This means keeping up with your regular oral care routine and routine follow-up checkups and cleanings with your dentist. While implants don’t decay, they could be affected by gum disease, so caring for them the right way should be a top priority.

Talk to Us For More Details or Questions About Dental Implants

Call (678) 305-9916 to schedule a meeting here at Highland Dental in Smyrna, GA, with Dr. Michael Nguyen.