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By Highland Dental
June 30, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Root canals are a way to save your natural tooth from needing to be extracted! Dr. Michael Nguyen of Highland Dental in Smyrna, GA, performs root canals to save your natural teeth and keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

Root canals in Smyrna, GA

When a tooth has a significant amount of decay and it has reached the tooth pulp, a root canal can remove the infected tooth pulp and save the remaining natural structure of the tooth. Root canals have gotten a bad reputation, but most patients find the procedure no more uncomfortable than receiving a new filling because you are numbed.

A root canal involves creating a small opening in the top of the tooth. Through this opening, your dentist uses tools to remove all the decay and thoroughly clean the tooth's canal system. Your remaining natural tooth is sculpted to make room for a crown around it, and the tooth is capped off. You can come in with an infected, painful tooth, and leave with a beautiful replacement!

Signs you need a root canal

A toothache is a sign that you have significant decay in a tooth, but signs of trouble may not always be that obvious. Call your dentist if you are experiencing:

  • Pain in a tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods
  • Unexplained bad breath
  • A crack in a tooth
  • Bad taste in your mouth
  • Red, swollen gums around a tooth

Any of these symptoms could mean you have an infected tooth and need a root canal. Don't hesitate to call your dentist because delaying treatment often means more involved and more expensive dental work, including having teeth extracted. Save your teeth by calling at the first sign of trouble!

At Highland Dental, we can save your natural teeth from needing to be extracted with a root canal. To make an appointment with Dr. Nguyen in Smyrna, GA, call (678) 305-9916.

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
April 09, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

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.

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.