Posts for: April, 2017
A root canal is often needed when a tooth has extensive decay or damage causing pain and discomfort. Learn more about root canal therapy and what it can do for you with 1st Choice Dental Care in Kennesaw, Woodstock, and Marietta, GA.
What does a root canal entail?
A root canal begins with your dentist completely numbing their work area around the tooth. Contrary to popular belief, a root canal does not hurt and you should not feel any pain or discomfort during your procedure. However, you may feel some pressure from the tools. Your dentist makes a small hole in the top, or crown, of the tooth. This access hole leads to the tooth’s inner pulp chamber, which holds the decayed tissue and the tooth’s damaged nerve. Your dentist removes the decayed tissue and cleans the inside of the tooth to eliminate the infection. Your dentist then fills the tooth with tooth-colored composite resin and tops the tooth with a dental crown for protection against further damage.
How can a root canal help me?
A root canal is often your dentist’s response to a toothache, which occurs when the tooth’s nerve becomes damaged. The most obvious advantage to a root canal procedure is the relief from tooth pain that comes along with it. However, a root canal also benefits patients behind the scenes. By removing the decayed tissue from inside of the tooth rather than the entire tooth itself, a root canal preserves the tooth’s natural structure and eliminates the need for extraction. Since missing teeth come with various side effects and issues, preserving the tooth’s structure is an unseen, yet highly important, advantage to root canal therapy.
Root Canal Therapy in Kennesaw, Woodstock, and Marietta, GA
For more information on root canal therapy, please contact your dentist at 1st Choice Dental Care at one of their locations in Kennesaw, Woodstock, or Marietta, GA. Call (678) 293-8773 to schedule your appointment at the Kennesaw location, (678) 293-8773 to schedule your appointment at the Woodstock location, and (678) 293-8773 to schedule your appointment at the Marietta location today!
Everyone loves a concert where there's plenty of audience participation… until it starts to get out of hand.Â Recently, the platinum-selling band Fifth Harmony was playing to a packed house in Atlanta when things went awry for vocalist Camila Cabello. Fans were batting around a big plastic ball, and one unfortunate swing sent the ball hurtling toward the stage — and directly into Cabello's face. Pushing the microphone into her mouth, it left the “Worth It” singer with a chipped front tooth.
Ouch! Cabello finished the show nevertheless, and didn't seem too upset. “Atlanta… u wild… love u,” she tweeted later that night. “Gotta get it fixed now tho lol.” Fortunately, dentistry offers a number of ways to make that chipped tooth look as good as new.
A small chip at the edge of the tooth can sometimes be polished with dental instruments to remove the sharp edges. If it's a little bigger, a procedure called dental bonding may be recommended. Here, the missing part is filled in with a mixture of plastic resin and glass fillers, which are then cured (hardened) with a special light. The tooth-colored bonding material provides a tough, lifelike restoration that's hard to tell apart from your natural teeth. While bonding can be performed in just one office visit, the material can stain over time and may eventually need to be replaced.
Porcelain veneers are a more long-lasting solution. These wafer-thin coverings go over the entire front surface of the tooth, and can resolve a number of defects — including chips, discoloration, and even minor size or spacing irregularities. You can get a single veneer or have your whole smile redone, in shades ranging from a pearly luster to an ultra-bright white; that's why veneers are a favorite of Hollywood stars. Getting veneers is a procedure that takes several office visits, but the beautiful results can last for many years.
If a chip or crack extends into the inner part of a tooth, you'll probably need a crown (or cap) to restore the tooth's function and appearance. As long as the roots are healthy, the entire part of the tooth above the gum line can be replaced with a natural-looking restoration. You may also need a root canal to remove the damaged pulp material and prevent infection if the fracture went too far. While small chips or cracks aren't usually an emergency (unless accompanied by pain), damage to the tooth's pulp requires prompt attention.
If you have questions about smile restoration, please contact us and schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty As Never Before” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”