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Having a clear understanding of all aspects of your dental care is essential, so we encourage you to be proactive about asking questions. You deserve to be fully informed, and we believe that no question is too small or unimportant. If a concern is important to you, it's important to us too.
We answer lots of questions for our patients, and some of those we hear most often are listed below. If you don’t see your specific question here or you would like more information, feel free to give our office a call!
We know that root canals have a bad reputation. But dental techniques and technology have advanced to the point where fear of the procedure is unnecessary. Today, a root canal performed by a skilled dentist is no more complicated than filling a tooth.
Deep within your tooth is a chamber that contains the pulp of your tooth. The pulp is made up of tissue, nerves, and the blood supply that keeps a tooth alive. If severe decay or infection penetrates this part of the tooth, the most common symptom is pain that gets steadily worse over time. At this point, a root canal is the only solution for relieving your pain and protecting your oral health.
Unfortunately, it’s the pain that most people remember, and they and blame it on the procedure. But as you will see from the steps below, a root canal does not cause pain, it relieves it!
- The first step is to numb the area thoroughly with a topical numbing agent. Next, Dr. Liang gently administers the local anesthesia and waits to proceed until he is certain you’re numb and won’t feel anything.
- Next, he carefully clears away all the infected material from your tooth, then fills and seals it. That is all there is to it! You may be in pain you arrive, but the moment you are numb, the pain will disappear!
- Since a tooth can become brittle after a root canal, we usually recommend a dental crown to strengthen and protect it from further damage.
If you suspect you may need a root canal, please call our Alpharetta creek dental office to arrange a consultation and get the help you need.
There’s nothing quite like the pain of an infected root canal, and it’s natural that you would seek any solution to relieve it, including extraction. But the fact is that a root canal in Alpharetta, GA will alleviate your pain and is far preferable to removing the tooth for several reasons.
Because the goal of dentistry is to keep all your teeth healthy and functional for as long as possible, Dr. Kai recommends a root canal so we can preserve as much of your tooth structure as possible. Tooth loss for any reason has repercussions that can impact your overall health now and far into the future.
The pressure and forces applied to teeth through biting and chewing stimulate the regeneration of bone in your jaw. If we extract the tooth, the jaw bone no longer needs to maintain its bulk, so it begins to collapse.
Also, each time you lose a tooth, you lose about 10 percent of your chewing ability. Your teeth are all designed to work together, and losing a tooth causes surrounding teeth to drift and fill the gap. This puts your healthy teeth at risk for decay and gum disease and also changes your appearance. As your jaw bone shrinks, your face starts to take on a sunken, aged appearance.
If you believe you have a root canal infection, please talk to us before you decide to have the tooth extracted. We want to preserve your teeth for as long as possible so you can avoid these problems and continue to enjoy a healthy smile for many years to come.