Kennesaw, GA dentists explain why root canal therapy may be the only chance of saving your natural tooth
By Drs. Lan Vo and Sean Breckley
As baby teeth make way for permanent ones, most adults end up with 32 teeth. Our practice name, 32 Dental, alludes to the healthy development that ultimately leads to this full set of teeth. Drs Lan Vo, Sean Breckley, C. Carson Huynh and Joy Jen have many procedures and products to prevent tooth loss, and to keep your teeth looking great and functioning in a healthy manner.
Saving your natural tooth with root canal therapy in Kennesaw, GA is among one of the most powerful ways to maintain or restore oral health at one of 32 Dental’s two practice locations. In fact, it may be the only way to save a badly damaged or badly infected natural tooth. Retaining natural tooth structure is preferred to extraction, if that tooth is cleared of harmful bacteria and diseased tissue. As much as Dr. Vo and the team are adept at replacing teeth with lifelike dental implants and bridges, there is no artificial tooth quite as exceptional in form and function as a natural, healthy tooth. Plus, 32 Dental takes great pride in preventive techniques and services that avoid the cost, time, and intervention to the treatment site that is associated with tooth replacement options, such as dental implants or dental bridges.
When you may need root canal treatment
32 Dental generally recommends check-ups every six months. That way, our dentists and hygienists can identify problems early, before they cause symptoms that can interfere with your school performance, work, family life, and quality sleep.
Even with the best care, problems can still arise. Root canal treatment involves removing inflamed and infected tissue in the inner part of the tooth, as well as carefully cleaning and shaping the root canal. This treated space is then filled and sealed, and eventually protected and preserved with a restoration such as a durable, beautiful-looking porcelain crown. This treatment may be recommended if you have:
Deep tooth decay
Undergone repeated procedures on the tooth, which further weakens it over time,
A worn or “faulty” crown, allowing bacteria to enter the tooth and re-infect it
Deeply cracked or chipped teeth that can’t be adequately restored with bonding, veneers, fillings, or crowns alone
Traumatic injuries resulting in pulp damage (even without the presence of visible chips and cracks)
You may want to call 32 Dental earlier (rather than later) should you experience any of the following potential symptoms of deep decay, pulp inflammation, and infection:
Sharp, jarring pain when biting down on foods
Persistent pain that lasts at least 30 seconds after eating or drinking hot or cold foods and beverages
Constant pressure and pain, as well as swelling and sensitivity when you touch the affected tooth (and the area around it)
Facial swelling, a foul taste, and/or fever, which may be indicative of a tooth abscess, caused by bacterial infection
If during an examination we determine root canal therapy is an appropriate way to save your damaged tooth, we’ll get you relief and a healthy, attractive smile in no time. Anesthetic ensures that you feel no pain during treatment. 32 Dental also has an array of sedative options, including IV sedation, available at its offices. So, you can have the most pleasant, fear-free procedure possible. A small protective sheet (dam) is placed to isolate the tooth and administered medications, and to keep it clean and dry throughout treatment. Your dentist will then access the inside part of the tooth through a small opening made in the crown. The area is cleaned, and the root canals are reshaped and filled with a rubberlike material to protect the treatment site and prevent re-infection. The root canals are sealed, and a temporary restoration is placed while a dental lab makes your permanent restoration.
In about two weeks, you’ll return to one of our Kennesaw GA offices. The temporary is removed and your custom-fabricated crown is bonded into place. With proper after-care in the hours and days following treatment, as well as ongoing good hygiene (at home and at our office), you can enjoy your root canal-treated tooth for years to come.
Call (770) 423-1132 to schedule an appointment at either 32 Dental’s Chastain Road office or the Dennis Kemp Lane location.
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!