Do I Need Root Canal Therapy? | Suwanee Dentist

Going to the dentist may not be on the top of your “favorite things” list, but it’s necessary to keep our smiles healthy. Unfortunately, most of us hold off on regular visits until we get a toothache. Then we are the first in the dentist chair. And because our smile has been so neglected, it’s likely we will need root canal therapy.

But what exactly is a root canal and why does it hurt so much? Well, a root canal in your tooth can become infected due to a cavity or fracture that allows in bacteria. When a root canal becomes infected, it can die. At this point, you will begin to feel pain and pressure in and around the infected tooth. This is generally your first sign and when you become irritated by the sudden pain growing inside your mouth and you make that appointment. Without treatment, the infection spreads and could lead to tooth loss.

When you get treatment, expect the following steps: When the damaged pulp in the root canal of the tooth is cleaned out of all the diseased pulp and the canal is reshaped. Next, the canal is filled with material to prevent re-contamination of the tooth. Lastly, the tooth is permanently sealed with a post or crown to prevent issues from reoccurring.

We should maintain good dental hygiene practices in order to keep our mouths healthy, and as much as I hate to break it to you, this includes visiting the dentist regularly. But if things happen, you can rest assured that a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort, involving one to three visits, and it can save your tooth and your smile.

If you would like to find out more about root canal therapy, contact Dr. Kegler II at 770-476-9511 to schedule a consultation or visit www.artisticsmilesofga.com for additional information.

Dr. Clarence Kegler II proudly serves Suwanee and all surrounding areas.

Cavity Prevention: A Parent’s Guide to Halloween | Suwanee Dentist

As we prepare to embark on another Halloween jaunt for candy, it is important to not only stay safe in general, but to keep your smile safe at the same time. And to not spoil the spookiest time of year for your little ones, here are some Halloween tips to keeping your little monster’s teeth happy while keeping their smiles away from becoming spooky sights:

Choose wisely. There are lots of candy options on the Halloween circuit, but not all of them are bad for your smile. It is important to know what to look for and keep those to an absolute minimum. Candy corn may be a Halloween staple, but it is one of the worst Halloween candies for your teeth because of the high amount of sugar. Chewy and sticky candies, like caramel or gummies, can get stuck in the crevices of your teeth, making it easy for cavities to form.

Set limits. As parents, it is important to be able to set limits. No one wants to play ‘bad cop’ but having an abundance of sweets is never going to be good for your tiny humans, so set some guidelines. Have them choose the candy they want and remove the rest, set certain times of day they can have their treat, not snacking all day. Having guidelines doesn’t need to spoil the party.

Time to brush. As you indulge in those Halloween sweets, make sure to give your teeth a quick brushing afterwards. And if you don’t have a toothbrush handy, give your teeth a quick rinse until you get home to help prevent cavities. In fact, if you have little ones, make this a family affair. Crank on the tune “Monster Mash” and brush your teeth together!

If you would like to find out more about Halloween dental tips, contact Dr. Kegler II at 770-476-9511 to schedule a consultation or visit www.artisticsmilesofga.com for additional information.

Dr. Clarence Kegler II proudly serves Suwanee and all surrounding areas.