Root canal therapy as a treatment for patients in Kennesaw, GA with tooth pain
By Drs. Lan Vo and Sean Breckley
At 32 Dental, patients in the Kennesaw, GA area, and beyond, can seek quality dental care for their smiles. When patients are experiencing pain in a tooth, they are looking for effective treatments. In many cases, when the dental pulp inside of the tooth has been affected, the best possible treatment is root canal therapy.
Understanding root canal therapy
Also known as endodontic treatment, root canal therapy can help patients achieve a smile free from pain and discomfort. Sometimes, untreated cavities may result in deep holes that can reach the dental pulp, a mass of tissues located inside of the tooth. These tissues include the nerves and blood supply for the tooth. When the pulp is affected, it can become extremely painful, resulting in a toothache that does not respond to traditional over-the-counter pain medications. These medications are just a way to manage the discomfort, however, and do not fix the problem. We encourage patients to come into our practice to undergo root canal therapy.
The procedure is done to save the natural tooth. It starts with local anesthetics and, if necessary, sedation. Once the patient is comfortable, the dentist will create a small hole in the tooth, which allows access to the inner portions of the structure. The dentist removes the dental pulp and disinfects the area. Then, gutta percha is used to fill the area, and composite resin is used over the top to seal it. In some cases, a patient may benefit from a dental crown, which can be bonded over the tooth to offer an extra layer of protection. The entire process is done to save the tooth and keep the patient from requiring removal and replacement of their natural tooth.
When patients are at a point that they require root canal therapy, they don’t have many other options left to consider. In fact, the only alternative treatment to root canal therapy is removal of the tooth. This can have a negative impact on the smile and can result in the need for replacements such as dentures, dental bridges, or dental implants. Instead, many patients can save the tooth with endodontic treatment and avoid removal and replacement.
Is the procedure painful?
Many patients hear of root canal therapy and think of it as a painful procedure. However, this is not the case! Root canals eliminate pain that patients are experiencing, not add to it. Patients who have procedures such as these performed will often enjoy the benefits of anesthetics and sedation, so they are completely comfortable and pain-free throughout the process. There may be some residual discomfort that occurs after the procedure, but this is best addressed with over-the-counter pain medication. We encourage patients to ask their dentist any questions they may have about the treatment so that they understand the entire process. We want patients to be relaxed and at ease in our care, and we can help them by educating them on what to expect throughout this procedure or any other dental treatment performed at 32 Dental. Drs. Lan Vo and Sean Breckley provide comprehensive care that is painless and effective.
Learn more about root canal therapy
Treatment for tooth pain should be done as soon as possible to avoid extreme discomfort and further damage to the natural tooth. We encourage patients in and around the community of Kennesaw, Georgia to book a consultation appointment with Drs. Lan Vo or Sean Breckley to determine the best treatment options for their smiles. They have two conveniently located offices in Kennesaw, GA and can be contacted at (770) 423-1132 to schedule a visit.
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!