Root canals got you down? Rethink treatment with this gentle approach to saving a tooth in Kennesaw GA
Dentistry and Orthodontics at Kennesaw PointIt is common to hear people compare negative experiences to “It was like having a root canal done!” Dr. Kay Kalantari is on a mission to get people to change how they perceive root canal treatment. Instead of inspiring dread, she and her warm team want you to breathe a sigh of relief when you hear “root canal treatment.” The truth of the matter is, you are saving your natural tooth with root canals procedures in Kennesaw GA at Dentistry and Orthodontics at Kennesaw Point. There are only so many types of dental procedures to restore a very decayed or infected tooth. Root canal therapy is one of those treatments. Because this procedure treats the innermost part of the tooth, associated with more severe dental problems and symptoms, it is not an exaggeration to say root canal therapy “saves” a natural tooth – avoiding extraction and more costly, time-consuming tooth replacement.
Prevention, the first step to saving a natural tooth
Due to Dr. Kalantari’s reputation of treating her patients like lifelong friends or family members, there are numerous opportunities to avoid the need for root canal therapy in the first place. These opportunities come courtesy of routine check-ups and professional cleanings. She makes these regular oral health appointments even easier to maintain, due to the ease of scheduling. There are so many commitments that pull each of us in different directions. Her appointment hours work with and not against your active work and social life. Unlike other practices in the area, the doctor sees patients every day of the business week and is also available on Saturdays. During these regular appointments, she’ll catch problems that could mean root canal treatment (or extraction) if left untreated. When detected promptly, they can often be resolved with procedures such as fillings, inlays, onlays, or crowns.
If fear of the dentist has kept you away from these visits, Dentistry and Orthodontics at Kennesaw Point caters to the many people who have apprehension. There is nothing to fear with a non-judgmental staff that truly cares, and with technologies and techniques that are gentle – including safe medications to help you relax, and digital X-rays that are comfortable and emit a fraction of the radiation of conventional systems.
Modern root canal treatment is really no more extensive than a simple filling. If you are already in pain, one of the greatest benefits of root canal therapy is that it resolves that pain immediately. Don’t wait to call us. Our schedule is built with the possibility of urgent care in mind; we will prioritize your visit. Comfort always comes first. Saving the tooth comes second, and in more than 90 percent of cases, you can keep your natural tooth! Think of the actual process as a thorough cleaning of the inside of your tooth. After you call the Kennesaw office at 678-275-2066 to schedule your appointment, your visit(s) generally entail:
- Examining your mouth and taking precision X-rays to get a better sense of what’s troubling your tooth and the extent of the decay
- A course of antibiotics, or Dr. Kay will move to treatment, depending on your needs.
- Calming medications administered prior to treatment, if you want or need them
- Isolating the tooth with a protective sheet, which allows Dr. Kay to more precisely administer needed medications and treat the tooth
- Numbing the tooth with a local anesthetic, which is the best part — For the first time in potentially days or weeks, you will get relief from a throbbing toothache and other uncomfortable symptoms.
- Dr. Kay getting to the inside of the tooth (which now you can’t feel at all) by creating a small opening in it
- Removal of infected tissue, followed by cleaning and sterilizing the tooth so it’s free of harmful, decay-causing bacteria
- Sealing the treated root canals that contain the blood supply and nerves for your tooth, which prevents reinfection
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It’s important to know that after a tooth has matured, these inner tissues aren’t necessary. You can still have a healthy tooth without them.
While Dr. Kay treats patients every day whose root canal-treated teeth have kept going for years and years. You need to maintain good oral hygiene. That means excellent home care, as well as those routine appointments at our offices. If there are challenges to oral care, we encourage you to bring all those concerns or questions to us. We look forward to seeing you at one of our convenient locations, in Kennesaw or Tucker GA.Back to Root Canals Page