Posts for tag: root canal

By Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
July 24, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Here's the bad news: One of your teeth has tooth decay. But here's even worse news: The decay has entered the pulp and root canals in the heart of the tooth. You're well on your way to losing that tooth.

But cheer up—root canal therapy might save your decayed tooth. We use root canal therapy to remove the infection from within a tooth and then fill the resulting empty spaces to prevent further infection. This routine procedure has saved millions of teeth.

But alas, along the way root canals somehow became a cultural symbol for unpleasantness. In reality, there's nothing further from the truth—the procedure itself is painless, and may even stop any pain caused by tooth decay.

So, let's take the mystery out of root canal therapy—the more you know, the less wary you'll feel. Here's what to expect if you undergo this tooth-saving procedure.

Preparation. We start by numbing the tooth and surrounding gums with local anesthesia. While we're waiting for the anesthesia to take full effect, we isolate the tooth with a dental dam to prevent cross-contamination to other teeth.

Access. Next, we drill a small opening into the tooth to access the pulp and root canals. If it's one of the large back teeth, we drill the hole in the tooth's biting surface; in a narrower front tooth, we make the access opening in the rear surface.

Removal. We remove tissue from the pulp and root canals using special instruments. Afterward, we thoroughly disinfect the pulp and canal interiors with an antibacterial solution to ensure we've stopped the infection.

Filling. After re-shaping the root canals, we fill them and the pulp chamber with gutta percha, a rubber-like material ideal for this type of dental situation. We then fill and seal the access hole. In a few weeks, you'll return to have a permanent crown installed to further protect the tooth.

You may have some minor discomfort that's usually manageable with mild pain relievers, and should dissipate over a few days. The good news, though, is that we've more than likely saved a tooth that might have otherwise been lost.

If you would like more information on treating a decayed tooth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment.”

By Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
October 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Endodontic ProcedureKnow what to expect from your upcoming endodontic procedure.

Are you about to visit our Lawrenceville, GA, dentists Dr. Jennifer Coy and Dr. Katherine Copeland for root canal treatment? If so, chances are that you may have questions about the procedure or want to know more about what’s involved in this treatment. If so, you’ve come to the right place. After all, there is a lot of misinformation out there regarding this treatment, so turn to the dental experts to get the most accurate information about root canal therapy.

What is root canal therapy?

This procedure is performed when the soft-tissue structure inside the tooth known as the dental pulp becomes inflamed or infected. This can happen as the result of severe decay, traumatic injury to the tooth (e.g. crack or fracture) or an infection. Not only will we remove the pulp but we will also remove bacteria from inside the tooth, seal up the root canals to prevent another infection and then rebuild the tooth so it’s healthy again.

But doesn’t it hurt?

This is one myth about root canals that has certainly not gone away, much to our behest. A root canal is not meant to cause pain, and it doesn’t. In fact, the purpose of this endodontic procedure is to actually remove the source of the pain (aka: the dental pulp).

In fact, once the pulp has been removed many people feel immediate relief. And if that just isn’t enough to ease your worries, know that we will apply a local anesthesia to the area to numb it before we even treat the tooth. Our goal is to make sure that you feel comfortable whenever you are in our dental chair.

What happens if I don’t get root canal treatment?

A root canal is not an elective treatment. This is because an infection or damage to a tooth will not clear up on its own, it will always require immediate care from our Lawrenceville, GA, general dentist to make sure the problem doesn’t continue to get worse.

So, if you choose to forgo that root canal treatment this can lead to bacteria spreading to surrounding teeth and your jawbone, which will cause further damage. Plus, it will eventually require you to have the tooth extracted.

If you are living in Lawrenceville or Suwanee, GA, and are dealing with a toothache it’s important that you come in as soon as possible for an evaluation. One of the most obvious signs that you might need a root canal is dental pain. Call our office today.

By Jennifer L. McCoy, DDS, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
January 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Don’t let dental problems linger. Find out when you should come into our office for treatment.root canal

Sure, we get it; the idea of a root canal sends shivers down your spine, but honestly, it’s really nothing to fear. Root canals are one of the most common procedures our Suwanee and Lawrenceville, GA, dentists, Dr. Jennifer McCoy and Dr. Katherine Copeland, perform and it could just end up saving you from needing to have a tooth extracted in the future.

“Why would someone need a root canal?” you might be wondering. A root canal is required if decay, infection or even direct trauma to a tooth has become so severe that it has affected the health of the dental pulp. The dental pulp is a soft-tissue structure that is found within all teeth. It contains blood vessels and nerves, which is why you experience a toothache when the dental pulp is inflamed or infected.

Besides a toothache, you may also notice that the tooth is suddenly sensitive to hot or cold foods or drinks. It may sting or throb when eating soup or drinking an ice-cold beverage. Over time, the untreated tooth may darken or become discolored. This is a sign that the roots have started to decay. Additionally, the gums surrounding the tooth may also swell, turn red or become tender to the touch.

Experiencing any of these symptoms? Then it’s time to make a beeline for one of our Suwanee and Lawrenceville emergency dentists for treatment. While not all toothaches mean that a root canal is imminent, it’s a sign that something is brewing and needs to be addressed right away to prevent irreparable damage to the tooth.

Of course, we understand that a lot of people are hesitant about getting root canal therapy. You’ve heard the horror stories. You fear the needles. We definitely understand your anxieties; however, it’s important to keep in mind that a root canal is designed to take the pain away, not cause it. Plus, we also apply a numbing anesthesia to the area before we ever get started. Still nervous? Don’t worry; ask us if sedation dentistry can ease your nerves before your root canal.

If you are dealing with any changes to your oral health don’t hesitate to turn to our dental experts who are ready to provide you with urgent care when you need it most. Call our Lawrenceville or Suwanee, GA, office to schedule an immediate dental appointment today.