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Root Canal Therapy in Cumming

Woman holding cheek in painDr. Brian, Dr. Katherine and Dr. Hwang offer comfortable root canal therapy and all-ceramic crowns to restore decaying teeth. Modern root canal therapy is a simple procedure with a high success rate. All-ceramic crowns eliminate old-style metal containing crowns for beautiful durability.

Root canal therapy and crowns are familiar dental procedures. Advances in modern restorative dentistry gives these treatments for failing teeth a new reputation, and especially so when Brian Y. Lee, DDS, MADIA, FICOI, Katherine J. Lee DMD,MPH, MADA, FICOI and Joonkyu Hwang, DDS perform them.

What is a “root canal?”

Digital x-rays of root canal process

Root canal therapy is a dental procedure with a long history. Previously thought of as a last-ditch, agonizing and lengthy procedure, modern “root canals” treat injured, decayed and infected teeth, restoring them to full function for years to come. Also used prophylactically for teeth that are not sick but have had numerous procedures, root canal therapy is a comfortable treatment that takes about an hour with one follow-up appointment.

How Root Canals Work

Smiling patient looking at x-rays

The Cumming, Ga dentist drills a small hole in the tooth to access the one to 4 inner chambers or canals. These root canals contain the tooth’s blood supply, nerves and connective tissue--structures important when a tooth is developing, but not essential during the adult life of the tooth. Often, when a patient experiences a toothache, it is this interior pulp that is infected and causing discomfort and other symptoms of abscess such as swelling and difficulty chewing.

After drilling the hole, the dentist uses tiny metal files to clean out the infected pulp and debris from the canals. He or she flushes the chambers with water and may instill an antibiotic solution to quell the infection. Then, the canals are sealed with an elastic substance called gutta-percha. A temporary filling covers the tooth until the next dental appointment when a crown is placed to finish the restoration.

The entire root canal procedure takes about an hour and usually requires no more than local anesthesia. The tooth should be treated gently for a few days, and patient take over the counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen for discomfort. Ideally, the follow-up appointment finishes the procedure, and with diligent dental hygiene and exams, the restored tooth lasts for years.

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