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Root Canals

Years ago, when a patient had a tooth that was diseased or severely damaged, it would have to be extracted. Then, expensive restorations would be considered to restore the smile to its original appearance. This is now frequently unnecessary thanks to a treatment called root canal therapy. There are times in which a tooth may need to be saved with a root canal. This can happen when the tooth is severely damaged, diseased, infected, or if an abscess forms. Deep cavities can affect dental pulp in the center of the tooth, which can cause pain and discomfort for a patient. By undergoing a root canal, Dr. Hatcher can remove the dental pulp, stopping the pain, and allow the patient to keep their natural tooth.

Root canal therapy is relatively simple. Dr. Hatcher will make an access point in the top of the tooth to access the pulp chamber, which contains the nerves, tissues, and blood supply of the tooth. Using small instruments, the dental pulp is taken out of the canals of the tooth. Then, the area is cleaned and disinfected to ensure that there are no bacteria left. Dr. Hatcher will fill the inside of the tooth and seal it, and then may place a dental crown over the top to protect the weakened tooth. The dental crown is made with the in-house CEREC machine and can be placed the same day as the root canal therapy itself.

This treatment will allow a patient to maintain their smile and keep their natural tooth without the time and expense of restorative treatments and procedures. This is a much more beneficial way of treating a diseased tooth while helping the patient keep his or her beautiful smile intact.

Although many patients automatically assume that a root canal is painful, it is actually done with little to no discomfort due to local anesthetics and advanced techniques.

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I had never been to this office and had an emergency this morning - my regular dentist was out of town - and I can't say enough about how well my 8 yr old was attended to by Dr. Sona!! Last night he lost about half of a front permanent tooth and she repaired it and gave great care and comfort to him and me! She is highly skilled and caring!


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Not only is Dr. Sona and her staff knowledgeable and friendly, but they listen to the patient’s needs to ensure a pleasant and productive visit. Thank you!

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We took our almost 3 year old daughter in for her first "official" checkup. She had gone to my dentist office a few months ago, but would not open her mouth. Dr. Sona and Brittany were awesome with our daughter and she did great this time. Luckily, no cavities! All of the staff that we met were pleasant and welcoming. Happy to have been recommended here.

Cameron F.


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We love Dr. Sona!

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The staff were extremely helpful during all phases of planning, everyone demonstrated the hightest level of professionalism, and the procedure went off without a hitch (as far as I can tell, though I may have tried to bite someone while under anaesthetic. I hate the dentist office THAT much!) I am looking forward to my next visit, which is a never-heard-before statement regarding dental visits. Dr. Hatcher and the staff provided a level of customer concern and care that I've never experienced anywhere else, especially in a dental office. Kudos to all of you for a job well done, and for transforming what I'd considered to be a fate worse than death into a pain free, pleasant, and even fun experience!

Ian G.


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Been going to this office many years!! Love the staff, they always take good care of me!!

D R Hashem


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My first visit to Dr. Hatcher went great! The whole staff was really nice and very organized. You can tell the importance they place on customer service, it shows! Everything in the office was updated and comfortable, which was great. I would highly recommend Dr. Hatcher and his practice to anyone in the area.

Allyson W.


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Once again, I have just returned from a stress free, pain free trip to "the dentist". That's because MY dentist is Dr. Steven Hatcher in Greensboro, NC. His entire staff is so friendly and personal that I never feel rushed or like I am just another patient. Today I got the special treatment of actually getting to have bite wing x-rays, something my severe gag reflex has prohibited me from having in many many years. Dr. Hatcher has state of the art digital equipment that is available for use on patients like me. Thank you, Bunny, for a great cleaning and for your patience with me today. I am all smiles! :)

Marilyn M.


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Excellent patient care, from all the staff. Gentle, friendly and professional.

Earl T.


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Bunny did a great job with my cleaning. She was very thorough and it's always nice to hear Doctor Hatcher say "You're in good shape, Bernie." WOO HOO!

Bernie H.


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Very professional and friendly staff. Barbie especially is extremely comforting and has a relaxing, soothing bedside manner. Dr Hatcher is very approachable and friendly. Everyone there makes you feel comfortable and calm while visiting a place that is probably not near the top of anyone's favorite places to visit list.

Brian G.


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Dr. Hatcher and his staff are terrific people, they make you feel comfortable the moment you walk through the door. I'm terrified of the dentist but for whatever reason I felt very at ease in their office.

Denise M.


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Okay, I'm not a huge fan of visits to the dentist, but I have NEVER had a bad experience in your office! I had been a former patient of Dr. Grubb, so I was a bit concerned when I heard he was retiring. No need to worry about that any more... and Bunny is the most gentle person I've ever met while sitting in "the chair," and she is very attentive to your comfort level. I'd recommend your practice to anyone!

Leigh O.


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Prompt appointments. Friendly staff. Quality work. Available if you need them. Quick without being rushed. What more can you ask for in a dentist?

Bill M.


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The staff not only exceed my expectations for my personal dental care, but they provided wonderful care for my children. I don't have to worry about my children fearing dental care, they now look forward to it. Thank you so much!!!

Ashley T.


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Best Dentist and staff in Greensboro!

Dale S.


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very professional and personable staff, particularly Barbie. Felt very relaxed and comfortable with everyone. Dr. Hatcher exceeded my expectations with his obvious fund of knowledge and compassion.

R. Mullins-Hodgin


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Excellence is the result of preparation, you folks alway get it right. I recommend anyone looking for Dental care to see you first.

Anon


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Dr. Sona J. Isharani has a real gift for working with children. She also is wonderful at walking through every aspect of infant dental care with her patients parents.

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