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A Closer Look At Root Canals Marietta, GA

A Closer Look At Root Canals

Marietta GA Dentist Office

While root canals are often the only procedure that can save a damaged or dying tooth, they are rarely regarded for their heroic abilities. Instead, root canal therapy is commonly perceived as one of the most dreaded dental procedures. To ensure you don’t buy into this misconception, we’d like to better educate you about this important endodontic procedure.

If you only learn one fact about root canals, know that they are not painful. In fact, patients more often report that their root canal procedure was completely pain-free or even relaxing. With the use of modern dental anesthetics and sedation dentistry, root canals can feel much like getting a filling. It’s nothing to fear!

Next, you should understand just how beneficial root canal therapy can be towards your current pain as well as your future smile. The most common reasons for needing a root canal is a badly cracked or damaged tooth, a deep cavity, an abscess, or trauma from repetitive dental procedures. In all of these cases, the tooth can be very painful or sensitive, as the inner tooth pulp and/or root (where nerves reside) have become irritated or infected. Without a root canal, the tooth could eventually die from lack of nutrients, and it could certainly become unbearably painful in the process. Some patients experience facial swelling due to an abscess that forms when an infected tooth is not treated with RCT. A root canal can save your natural tooth and immediately take you out of pain!

What actually happens during a root canal? Your dentist will make a tiny hole in the top of your tooth. Next, we will insert a dental file through the hold and into the tooth canal. This creates a pathway to get to the infected tooth root, where fluid and bacteria have accumulated. A suction tool is used to extract the harmful fluid and the unhealthy tooth pulp. This essentially empties the inside of the tooth.

To ensure the tooth is properly restored in strength as well as protected from future infection, the tooth is then filled with a special material called gutta percha. In many cases, the tooth will need additional restoration to the external surfaces. Therefore, the placement of a custom crown typically proceeds the root canal procedure.

It is important to follow your dentist’s instructions on proper care when you get home. You may be prescribed antibiotics to keep the infection away. New advancements in dental science show a promise to use nanodiamonds in root canal therapy. According to a UCLA study, diamonds may significantly decrease the chance of residual infection after a root canal when used as a filling material along with the gutta percha. More studies and evidence is underway!

If you still have questions or concerns about your upcoming root canal, we want to address them. Call Gilreath Family Dentistry today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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