Acworth area dental team discusses the benefits of a root canal
The thought of having a root canal can be scary for patients. There has been a negative stigma against this procedure when, in fact, it is a routine treatment for infected teeth. Patients who need root canal therapy often experience pain and discomfort of a tooth, often in the form of a toothache. This brings them to the dental office for an evaluation, and the dentist advises the need for endodontic therapy.
Root canal therapy is a procedure done right in our office near Acworth for patients in and around the community who are struggling with an infection or disease that has affected the inner area of the tooth called the dental pulp. The dental pulp is a mass of tissues that contains the blood supply and nerves of the tooth. When damaged, it can become painful, resulting in a toothache. The root canal procedure is done to remove the dental pulp from inside the tooth, disinfect the inside of the tooth, and then fill it with a rubber material known as gutta percha. Gutta percha is safe and effective in sealing the tooth and keeping bacteria from entering. Depending on the strength and location of the tooth, a dental crown may be custom-made and bonded over the tooth for added strength and protection.
The primary benefit of root canal therapy is the ability to maintain the natural tooth. This eliminates the need for extraction and then restoration with dentures, dental bridges, or dental implants. This can also help maintain the bone structure, which is important for the smile's health, function, and overall wellness. Root canal therapy is typically completed in just one appointment, though a later appointment may be necessary for placement of a dental crown. The dental laboratory often takes one to two weeks to complete the final restoration before sending it to the dental practice.
Drs. Lan Vo and Sean Breckley of 32 Dental serve patients in and around the Acworth area with a wide range of general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry procedures. Contact them today if you are interested in learning about common procedures such as root canal therapy for maintaining dental health and wellness.
About Dr. Sean Breckley
A graduate from the Temple University School of Dentistry and Susquehanna University, Dr. Sean Breckley is an established professional in the field of dentistry. He is a firm believer of contributing to the community and ensuring his patients receive the best possible dental care. Whilst maintaining his professionalism, Dr. Breckley takes time to get to know his patients and make sure they are comfortable and at ease to avoid any unnecessary dental anxiety and stress. He is presently a member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, Northwest District Dental Society, and a graduate of the Mercer Mastery Program.
About Dr. Lan Vo
A graduate from the University of California-Irvine and Temple University School of Dentistry, Dr. Lan Vo is a highly skilled and resourceful dentist in the field of professional dentistry. She is an active member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, Northwest District Dental Society, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and a graduate of the Mercer Mastery Program whilst maintaining a certification with the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. Dr. Vo is very people-oriented and is a favorite amongst children and commands a great deal of trust amongst anyone who has had the fortune of being treated by her.