Covid-19 Health Update

Acadia Family Dentistry considers the health and safety of our patients and staff as our highest priority. We have implemented some additional precautionary measures apart from the universal precautions to ensure the health and well-being of everyone. Some of these measures are:
  • Scheduling high-risk patients at designated times
  • Subjecting all patients to a temperature scan at the entrance to ensure their temperatures are below 100.4 degrees.
  • Disinfecting reception room, check-in and check-out countertops and bathrooms every hour, and wiping doorknobs and sinks with disinfectant regularly.
  • Hydrogen peroxide rinses provided before treatment begins.
  • All patients will call to notify staff of their arrivals and wait in the car until they are ready to be seen.
  • Removing magazines, toys, and non-essential items from the reception room.
  • Practicing social distancing: which includes no handshaking and hugging.

The Last Line of Defense: Save a Badly Damaged Natural Tooth with Root Canal Therapy in Thibodaux Area

The last line of defense: save a badly damaged natural tooth with root canal therapy in Thibodaux

You’ve probably heard someone exclaim, “I’d rather have a root canal!” Of course, no one literally means what they say. Root canal treatment is often, undeservedly, compared to the world’s most undesirable tasks and situations. Truthfully, treatment is no more extensive than a common or “simple” filling. Yet, we don’t hear fillings compared to dreaded circumstances such as living with a mother-in-law or having to fly during a storm. Moreover, the only way we at Acadia Family Dentistry in Thibodaux may save a natural tooth is with root canal therapy. Since knowledge is power, Dr. Nhu Le is happy to provide a few basics about just how straightforward root canal treatment really is, and, along the way, we’ve cleared up a few misconceptions.

Treatment explained

Root canal therapy is a type of “endodontic” treatment. “Endo” is Greek for “inside,” and “odont” refers to “tooth.” So, root canal therapy quite literally means treating the inside of a tooth

Root canal treatment is also the most conservative type of endodontic therapy. It non-surgically resolves disease or injury to the dental pulp, the innermost part of the tooth. During the development of the tooth, the pulp is vital. It contains blood vessels and nerves that nourish the tooth during critical phases of growth. After the tooth is mature, however, the pulp is no longer necessary for oral health and structural integrity. 

Unfortunately, even after it has outlived its useful purpose, the pulp tissue can present all sorts of problems. The effects of conditions such as decay, periodontal disease, fractures, and worn or faulty restorations, can allow harmful bacteria to enter this part of the tooth. The bacteria infect and inflame pulp tissue. Patients who require treatment with root canal therapy may experience persistent pain, swelling, and other symptoms that interfere with their day-to-day lives. 

Root canal treatment provides immediate pain relief and lifts the pressure placed on the nervy, delicate innermost tooth structure. Therapy does so by:

  • Precisely accessing the interior of the tooth 
  • Removing affected nerve tissue, bacteria, toxins, and other destructive debris
  • Cleaning and sterilizing the inside of the tooth 
  • Contouring the root canals 
  • Filling and sealing treated canals to prevent reinfection 

And that’s it! We encourage patients to think of root canal treatment as a “deep clean” for their tooth. Additionally, your comfort is supported throughout with the administration of a precise, localized anesthetic to the treatment site. We can also discuss sedative options to assure your utmost comfort and a stress-free experience during treatment. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to clear active infections. After the root canal therapy is complete and the site is healed, we’ll restore the tooth with a lovely, lifelike dental crown. You preserve the natural tooth—no extraction required!

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Dr. Nhu Le, DMD

Dr. Nhu Le, DMD - Acadia Family Dentistry

Dr. Nhu Le believes that her patients deserve the best dental care and treats them like family.

She attended high school in Iowa, obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, graduated from dental school at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, South Florida, and completed her General Practice Residency at the Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. She worked for a group practice in Orlando, Florida for three years before moving to Southeast Louisiana and to New Orleans. She is currently following dental curriculum at Kois Center.

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