If you have severely abscessed teeth, a root canal can be performed to save the tooth. It is always to goal of Dr. Knight to keep your natural tooth whenever it is possible. At Knight Dental Care we use the latest dental technology to perform thorough root canal therapy.
What is root canal therapy?
The first step in performing a root canal is to remove the infection and nerve tissue from the tooth. Once Dr. Knight has thoroughly cleaned the infected tooth, the tooth is sealed and a crown added onto the tooth to give it strength. The crown color will be matched with neighboring teeth to be sure it looks as natural as it can.
How do I know if I need root canal therapy?
The symptoms that can lead to a root canal are:
- Severe pain in the tooth and cheek
- Swollen and red gums
- Tooth discoloration
- Infection of the tooth that is visible to the naked eye
Tooth decay or damage can cause infection to set into a tooth. Most of the time a filling or crown is all that is needed to treat it. Once the tooth is severely infected a root canal procedure is the only option for saving the natural tooth.
Please call Knight Dental Care if you notice any of the above symptoms. The sooner Dr. Knight can evaluate the tooth the more likely he will be able to save the natural tooth.
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Meet Dr. Mark Knight and Dr. Ashley Hankinson, Your Trusted Flint Family & Cosmetic Dentists!
Dr. Mark Knight
Dr. Knight has dedicated his professional career to providing you with the best that dentistry has to offer. Dr. Knight is continually educating himself & his staff on the latest techniques in order to offer state-of-the-art, comfortable & personalized dental care to you & your family.
For two generations, the Knight family has been providing dental comfort & care to the Flint community. His father, Dr. Ralph Knight, began practicing dentistry in the Flint area in the early 1960s. For the past 18 years, Dr. Mark Knight, a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Dentistry in Chicago, has carried on the family tradition of serving the people of Flint.
Dr. Knight is a member of the American Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Association, the Chicago Dental Society, the American Orthodontic Society & various study clubs, & is a Certified Invisalign® Provider.
Dr. Knight looks forward to your visit & to showing you how exceptional dentistry can improve your life.
Dr. Ashley Hankinson
Dr. Ashley Hankinson grew up in Grand Blanc and is a graduate of Grand Blanc High School. She continued her education at Michigan State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Dr. Hankinson received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After dental school, Dr. Hankinson completed a two-year multi-campus fellowship at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
During her time in Boston, she was employed in private practice as a general dentist. Dr. Hankinson prides herself on her passion for dentistry and uses her caring and gentle demeanor to make each dental appointment as fun and relaxing as possible. When not at the office, Dr. Hankinson enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, snowboarding, and cheering on her favorite sports teams.