Afraid of losing a sick tooth? Root canal therapy, performed by your dentists in the Smyrna area, could be the answer to your troubles. Here at Highland Dental, Dr. Michael Nguyen performs this simple and painless treatment to save patients' smiles—read on to learn how.
The details on root canal therapy
Root canal therapy removes the inflamed, diseased pulp from deep inside a cracked, decayed, or infected tooth. Also called endodontic therapy, a root canal takes two appointments at our Smyrna office.
The first visit involves an exam, a review of your symptoms, and an X-ray screening. If Dr. Nguyen determines that you need this treatment, he'll numb the tooth and protect it with a rubber dam.
Next, he will remove the pulp, smooth the canal walls, and add antimicrobial medication. A disinfectant is then placed and the tooth is filled with elastic gutta-percha. A temporary filling or crown covers the tooth until your next visit. When you return to Highland Dental, your dentist finishes the root canal by removing the temporary restoration and adding a custom-crafted porcelain crown.
Root canal therapy succeeds more than 90 percent of the time, reports Sharecare. Plus, the tooth should last indefinitely with good at-home hygiene habits and in-office care.
Signs which indicate you may need a root canal
Some patients have no symptoms whatsoever that a tooth is in trouble. That's why routine check-ups and cleanings at Highland Dental are so important.
Other people, however, feel very sick with a damaged tooth. Symptoms include:
- A large, noticeable crack or chip
- Deteriorating filling material
- Throbbing toothache
- Dental sensitivity when biting and chewing or in response to heat or cold
- Gum and/or jaw swelling and pain
- Pimples and pus on the gums
- Red, tender gums
- Foul tasting drainage
- Bad breath that does not respond to tooth brushing or mouth wash
- Dark enamel
Learn more about root canals
Saving as many natural teeth as possible is the goal of preventive and restorative dentistry at Highland Dental in Smyrna, GA. Call us if you are at all concerned about the health of a tooth: (678) 305-9916.