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Posts for tag: root canal

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
August 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal   tooth pain  

What your dentist in South Atlanta, Georgia wants you to know

Tooth pain can be unbearable, and your immediate reaction may be to have the tooth removed. Don’t do it! There is a better answer, root root canalcanal treatment! Root canal therapy, also known as endodontics, is the way to permanently get rid of tooth pain and still keep your tooth. Dr. Travon Holt at Dentistry at Camp Creek in South Atlanta, Georgia wants to share how a root canal can help you.

So, what are some of the reasons you may need a root canal? The innermost area of your tooth, an area called the pulp chamber, contains the nerves and blood supply to your tooth. If the pulp chamber is bruised or damaged, the pulp becomes inflamed, causing pressure and pain. The tooth is beginning to die.

Common reasons you may experience pulp damage include:

  • Severe tooth decay that has penetrated the pulp
  • Tooth trauma from an injury or an accident to your jaws or face
  • Chronic trauma from grinding or clenching your teeth
  • Excessive tooth wear from a poorly-positioned bite

If you notice tooth pain that increases after you eat or drink hot or cold beverages, you may need a root canal. Another common sign you may notice is a white or red bump on your gums next to the root of the painful tooth. A red or white material (blood or pus) may drain out of the bump.

Root canal treatment can help you by removing the diseased, inflamed and infected tissue from inside your tooth. Treatment begins when your dentist creates a small opening in the top of your tooth. This helps to reduce the pressure which has built up inside of your tooth. The dentist removes the diseased and dying tissue from inside your tooth and draws the tissue out through the small opening. A sedative material is placed inside of your tooth, which helps to eliminate inflammation and calm your tooth down, relieving your symptoms.

After your tooth is completely pain-free and inflammation and infection are gone, your dentist will clean out any remaining dead tissue and fill your tooth with an inert material. The small opening is then sealed up with a permanent filling or dental crown.

A root canal can help you get rid of tooth pain for good, while still keeping your smile complete. For more information about how a root canal can help you and your smile, call Dr. Travon Holt at Dentistry at Camp Creek in South Atlanta, Georgia today!

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
October 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

When you chew, your upper left molar hurts. You feel a small bump which hurts, too; it's on your gums near the tooth. Your spouse says root canalyou have bad breath, but nothing relieves it. What's going on inside your mouth? Well, you may have a dental abscess, an infected tooth caused by extensive decay. You may require root canal therapy from your South Atlanta, GA dentists at Dentistry at Camp Creek. Dr. Travon Holt and Dr. Taren Eric Hendricks offer gentle, precise root canals that save teeth from fracture, deep cavities and infection. Read more about this reliable restoration.

Never ignore a toothache

A toothache indicates a serious dental problem. Left untreated, your only alternative may be extraction, and you don't want to travel that road with its bone and gum recession, compromised oral function, weakening of remaining teeth and unattractive smile gaps.

You may, however, qualify for a long-standing and highly reliable restoration called root canal therapy in South Atlanta. Also termed endodontics, a root canal often saves a sickly tooth for many additional years of service.

When you have a toothache, you also may experience:

  • Jaw swelling
  • A reddened, sore pimple at the gumline
  • Dental sensitivity when biting or consuming hot or cold foods
  • Persistent bad breath, or halitosis
  • A bad-tasting drainage
  • Throbbing pain
  • Fever

In short, all you can think of is your tooth. That means you need to call your dentist at Dentistry at Camp Creek.
He'll examine and X-ray it to determine the extent and nature of the damage, and he'll do everything possible to restore it to full health, function and appearance.

What happens during root canal therapy?

Your tooth has hard structure--enamel and dentin--and a soft inner core made of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. When decay or injury strikes, this interior pulp, contained in up to four root canals, is attacked by bacteria, and infection results.

During root canal therapy, Dr. Holt or Dr. Hendricks numbs the tooth and accesses the root canals with a high speed drill. One by one, the dentist in South Atlanta cleans and disinfects the canals with tiny metal files and special medication. Then, he fills and seals each canal with a rubbery substance called gutta-percha. A temporary filling or crown protects the tooth while it heals.

At the next dental visit, the dentist removes the temporary restoration and places a customized porcelain crown over the tooth. This crown will strengthen, beautify and protect the tooth for many years. The American Academy of Endodontists, specialists who perform thousands of root canal procedures annually, says that while the crown may require replacement after a decade or so, the tooth itself should last a lifetime. Just be sure you brush and floss daily and get semi-annual cleanings and exams with your dentist.

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Please don't suffer from toothache pain or other uncomfortable symptoms. Find out what Dentistry at Camp Creek can do to restore your oral health. Call (404) 629-9290 for an appointment in Atlanta, GA.

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
July 30, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Tooth preservation is the ultimate aim of a root canal treatment. But how long should you expect a treated tooth to last? The answer will depend on a few different variables.

A root canal treatment is necessary when a tooth’s pulp — the inner tissue made of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues — becomes infected with disease. As the pulp dies, the infection spreads into the adjacent bone; this can eventually lead to loss of the tooth.

To stop this process, we enter the tooth and remove all of the pulp, disinfect the pulp chamber and the root canals, and then fill the chamber and canals. Depending on the type of tooth and level of decay, we seal the tooth with a filling or install a crown to prevent re-infection. it’s then quite possible for a treated tooth to survive for years, decades, or even a lifetime.

There are a number of factors, though, that may affect its actual longevity. A primary one depends on how early in the disease you receive the root canal treatment. Tooth survival rates are much better if the infection hasn’t spread into the bone. The earlier you’re treated, the better the possible outcome.

Tooth survival also depends on how well and thorough the root canal is performed. It’s imperative to remove diseased tissue and disinfect the interior spaces, followed by filling and sealing. In a related matter, not all teeth are equal in form or function. Front teeth, used primarily for cutting and incurring less chewing force, typically have a single root and are much easier to treat than back teeth. Back teeth, by contrast, have multiple roots and so more root canals to access and treat. A front tooth may not require a crown, but a back tooth invariably will.

These factors, as well as aging (older teeth tend to be more brittle and more susceptible to fracture), all play a role in determining the treated tooth’s survival. But in spite of any negative factors, a root canal treatment is usually the best option for a diseased or damaged tooth. Although there are a number of good options for replacing a lost tooth, you're usually better in the long run if we can preserve your natural tooth for as long as possible.

If you would like more information on root canal treatments, 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 “Root Canal Treatment: How Long Will it Last?

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
July 15, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

Now that celebrities can communicate directly with their fans through social media, we’ve started to see dispatches from some surprising locations — the dental chair, for example! Take singer Kelly Clarkson, who was the first winner of American Idol, and perhaps one of the first to seek moral support via social media before having an emergency root canal procedure.

“Emergency root canal — I’ve had better days,” Kelly posted on her Facebook page, along with a photo of herself looking… well, pretty nervous. But is a root canal procedure really something to be scared about? It’s time to clear up some misconceptions about this very common dental procedure.

First of all, root canal treatment is done to save a tooth that might otherwise be lost to an infection deep inside it. So while it’s often looked upon with apprehension, it’s a very positive step to take if you want to keep your teeth as long as possible. Secondly, tooth infections can be painful — but it’s the root canal procedure that stops the pain. What, actually, is done during this tooth-saving treatment?

First, a local anesthetic is administered to keep you from feeling any pain. Then, a small opening is made through the chewing surface of the infected tooth, giving access to the central space inside, which is called the “pulp chamber.” A set of tiny instruments is used to remove the diseased pulp (nerve) tissue in the chamber, and to clean out the root canals: branching tunnel-like spaces that run from the pulp chamber through the root (or roots) of the tooth. The cleared canals are then filled and sealed.

At a later appointment, we will give you a more permanent filling or, more likely, a crown, to restore your tooth’s full function and protect it from further injury. A tooth that has had a root canal followed by a proper restoration can last as long as any other natural tooth — a very long time indeed.

If you have any questions about root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Step by Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment.”