Patients in Kennesaw ask their dentist to describe how and why they do root canals
By Drs. Lan Vo and Sean Breckley
Have you recently been told that you need a root canal? The first thing you should know is there is nothing to worry about. Contrary to rumors, root canals do not cause pain and are a common procedure that alleviates pain and can save a severely infected tooth from extraction. Advancements in dental technology and techniques have turned root canals into a straightforward procedure very similar to a standard filling. Most patients are in and of out the office in 1-2 appointments to complete the root canal. At 32 Dental, we routinely perform root canals for patients in the Kennesaw area and will examine how and why we do root canals.
Your teeth are supposed to last a lifetime, but injury or disease can potentially threaten the life of your tooth. Many years ago, the only solution to these problems was to pull the teeth, which can cause other health problems. Luckily, today we have root canals to save natural teeth.
Why we do root canals
Inside of the tooth is soft pulp tissue that contains all the nerves and blood vessels. When this area becomes infected or inflamed we must provide treatment to alleviate pain and eliminate the infection. The most common reasons the pulp becomes infected are due to deep decay, a cracked tooth, or a traumatic injury. Any of these events allow bacteria to become trapped inside the pulp chamber.
If we don’t remove the pulp, the infection in the soft tissue can continue to spread as pain and swelling worsen. Without root canal therapy, the tooth will require extraction, which can be bad for oral health. When a tooth is removed, adjacent teeth may shift out of place, which can cause issues with biting, and chewing. Additionally, the tooth root is responsible for stimulating the jawbone to maintain its structure. In the absence of a tooth root, the jawbone may begin to deteriorate, which can lead to a sunken appearance.
Root canals can take one or more dental visits. During your initial consultation we’ll be able to determine how many visits are necessary to save your tooth. The following list is the basic steps of a root canal procedure.
The mouth is prepped for treatment. This includes numbing the tooth and the gum tissue around it for comfort and placing a thin rubber sheet over the tooth to keep it dry.
The pulp is removed. Once we access the pulp chamber through the top of the tooth we will eliminate the diseased tissue and shape the canals, so they can be filled. We may also use medication in the tooth to thoroughly eliminate the bacteria.
The root canals are filled. First, we use a material called gutta percha to fill the area and then we will place a filling in the tooth. Some patients may receive their permanent filling in the same appointment, while others may receive a temporary filling and return on a later date to finish the procedure.
A crown is placed to protect the teeth. Teeth that have had root canal therapy tend to be brittle, and prone to breakage. We place a crown over the tooth to strengthen it and improve the appearance after treatment.
After the procedure
Following a root canal procedure, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene by brushing twice daily and flossing once a day. A follow-up visit may be scheduled to take x-rays of the tooth to make sure the infection is gone.
A tooth that has had a root canal can last for many years with proper care. It’s important to maintain twice yearly dental visits so that we can monitor the mouth for early signs of decay and perform a professional cleaning. When decay is caught early, it is much easier to treat and restore health quickly.
At 32 Dental in Kennesaw, we understand that no one wants to hear they need a root canal, however we promise that the treatment is safe, effective, and can restore your oral health quickly. To find out more, please call us today at (770) 423-1132
Dr. Vo and Dr. Breckly are absolutely fantastic! Never worry about another painful trip to the dentist if you are going to see them. They make sure you are never in any pain throughout the entire procedure. I just had my wisdom teeth removed and Dr. Vo did a fabulous job, as always. I had four impacted wisdom teeth and they were out before I knew it. I was up and eating solid food the very same day, and could have been back at work if I needed to. My stitches fell out within a few days and everything healed up much faster than any of my friends who saw other doctors. I stayed awake for the procedure, and I would say that it definitely is much better than being put to sleep. It has a faster heal time and less discomfort. My face honestly didn't even swell. I've gone to Dr. Vo and Breckly for minor things before and they have always been amazing, but after my great experience with something more major, I know they are by far the two of the best dentists, I have ever seen.
Dr. Vo and Dr. Berkley are the ONLY dentists we see. Dr. Vos taken care of my parents, my husband, our daughter and son, and myself for the past 7 years. We love the care and the personal relationship she establishes with her patients. She takes the time to get to know us, our families, our dental concerns, which is NOT the usual in the business.Thank you for everything. Dr. Berkley is very attentive and gently with my children. We came in for a cleaning yesterday and they did great under his medical care. The staff is extremely professional and willing to help. Amazing team. If you have been afraid of the dentist, check them out and theyll change your mind about dentistry.
My family and I love Dr. Vo. I would suggest this practice to anyone who wants a dentist and staff that truly care about your health and will go above and beyond the typical dentist. I followed Dr. Vo from a previous office, and although this office is farther away, it is worth it because of how caring the staff is.
Switched to 32 dental after Dr. Breckley left Dr. Goetees practice. Great staff, and nice space. They use the latest technologies and have K cups in the waiting room!
Dr. Vo is fantastic. She is patient, knowledgeable, and excellent at her job, and most importantly, she takes time to answer your questions and explain any concerns she has about your teeth, so you really know what\'s going on. It inspires me to take better care of my teeth. By far, she is the best dentist I have been been to, and I highly recommend her. No more of those dime-a-dozen dentists for me!