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FAQ’s on Root Canals Marietta, GA

FAQ’s on Root Canals

You need to have a root canal. It’s not a phrase that most patients want to hear. Whether you’ve bought into some common myths about root canals that have made you scared or you simply want to understand the procedure so you can have a better idea of what to expect, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions about root canals to help you out.

Why is a root canal needed?

When a tooth has suffered extensive damage to the inner portion of the tooth, or the tooth pulp, it typically needs a root canal. The pulp holds your tooth nerves, and when this area is penetrated with bacteria, a painful infection can result. Root canals are suggested when the damage is beyond what a filling, bonding or crown can repair.

What does a root canal accomplish?

During root canal therapy, the infected tooth pulp is removed. The inner chamber of the tooth is thoroughly disinfected and then filled to prevent further infection. We don’t need our tooth pulp for everyday tooth function, so rest assured that only your existing pain will be taken away. To restore the full integrity of a tooth after a root canal, a crown is typically placed on the tooth.

Does a root canal hurt?

This is the million dollar question that leads to the most prevalent misconception about root canals. Root canals do not hurt. In fact, having a root canal should be no more painful than getting a cavity filled. Your dentist will use a local anesthetic along with sedation dentistry if you desire. When it comes to root canals, they relieve pain from an infected tooth, not cause pain.

Wouldn’t a tooth extraction be cheaper and just as effective?

You may think that just getting your tooth removed would be a problem solver to your infected tooth, especially if it is in the back of your mouth. Not so fast! While you may save some bucks upfront on a tooth extraction procedure, you’ll need to consider a tooth replacement shortly after. Dental implants cost far more than a simple root canal. If you choose not to replace your tooth, you could suffer from shifting adjacent teeth, bite misalignment and even jawbone loss!

How long can I put off a root canal?

This is a question that should be answered by your dentist based on your specific case. However, in general, if you’ve been told you need a root canal it is because your tooth is compromised in a significant way. If you allow an infection to exist, it can spread and affect your nearby teeth, gum tissues or bone. You’re better off scheduling your root canal sooner rather than later to avoid more costly procedures and worsening pain.

Have more questions about root canals? We want to answer them. At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we welcome the opportunity to “clear the air” about root canals so that you can feel more comfortable going into this effective restorative dental treatment.

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

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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!

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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!

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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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