Posts for: February, 2015
Perhaps you or someone you know has been told they will need root canal treatment. Maybe you're experiencing some unexplained tooth pain, and you think you might need to have this procedure done. Nervous? You shouldn't be! A good understanding of this common and relatively pain-free dental treatment can go a long way toward relieving your anxiety.
What's a root canal? It's the small, branching hollow space or canal, deep within the root of the tooth. Like an iceberg in the ocean, a tooth shows only part of its structure above the gum line: That's the part you see when you smile. But about two-thirds of the tooth — the part called the root — lies below the gum. A healthy root canal is filled with living pulp tissue, which contains tiny blood vessels, nerves and more.
A “root canal” is also shorthand for the endodontic treatment that's called for when problems develop with this tissue. For a variety of reasons — deep tooth decay or impact trauma, for example — the pulp tissue may become inflamed or infected. When this happens, the best solution is to remove the dead and dying tissue, disinfect the canals, and seal them up to prevent future infection.
How is this done? The start of the procedure is not unlike getting a filling. A local anesthetic is administered to numb the tooth and the nearby area. Then, a small opening is made through the chewing surface of the tooth, giving access to the pulp. A set of tiny instruments is used to remove the diseased tissue, and to re-shape and clean out the canals. Finally, the cleared canals are filled with a biocompatible material and sealed with strong adhesive cement.
After root canal treatment, it's important to get a final restoration or crown on the tooth. This will bring your tooth back to its full function, and protect it from further injury such as fracture. A tooth that has had a root canal followed by a proper restoration can last just as long as any other natural tooth. And that's a long time.
If you would like more information about root canals, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Common Concerns About Root Canal Treatment” and “Signs and Symptoms of a Future Root Canal.”
You might have the cleanest, straightest, most sparkling teeth out there - but if your gums take the spotlight in your smile, you're at a loss no matter how beautiful your pearly whites might be. That's because a perpetually "gummy" smile can make you feel self-conscious and unsure.
At Cosmetic Dental & Implant Center, your gums can be reshaped to your liking with expert dental care offered by M. James Fagan III, MS, DMD. Using techniques such as cosmetic gum surgery, he and his crew of expert dental technicians can rectify your gum problems so you can reap the rewards!
Whether you've got excess gum tissue, receding gums, or an uneven gum line, take a quick peek at how cosmetic gum surgery can get you smiling again below.
Expectations For Cosmetic Gum Surgery
Typically requiring only a local anesthetic, cosmetic gum surgeries can be performed right here in the Cosmetic Dental & Implant Center office. Certain gum surgeries, such as laser surgery, are so painless that you may only require a topical gel anesthetic.
Each of the gum procedures offered by the dental experts on site leaves minimal to no discomfort, and offers a quickened healing process thanks to innovative new dental protection techniques. An examination before each surgery is always necessary, so that your dentist knows what your gums need to create a winning smile!
Whether your gums are too much, not enough, or something in between, the expert cosmetic dental services at Cosmetic Dental & Implant Center can help you feel like smiling about the state of your grin again! Give Dr. Fagan and his worthy dental assistants a call today at (404) 255-5006 for the optimal cosmetic dental results you've been looking for right here in Sandy Springs, GA!