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The Facts on Root Canals Marietta, GA

The Facts on Root Canals

In honor of Root Canal Awareness Week, it is time you get the facts on root canals. Dispelling common myths surrounding root canals can make it easier to choose this endodontic procedure. If your dentist suggest a root canal to save your tooth, it is important that you follow through. Knowing what to expect can ease your anxiety and help you understand why a root canal was suggested in the first place. Gilreath Family Dentistry strongly believes in educating each patient in detail before any treatment is recommended.

In the past, root canal methods were accomplished very differently than they are today. Which brings us to the most important myth that needs to be debunked when it comes to root canals. With today’s advanced procedure methods and technology, root canals are no longer painful. However, an infected tooth certainly is. If you have an infected tooth that is causing you discomfort, it will help to understand why a root canal may be in order.

A root canal is an endodontic treatment that treats the inside of your tooth. Enamel and dentin make up the hard outside layers of your tooth. The inside is composed of tooth pulp, which includes blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues. If your teeth are fully grown, you no longer need the pulp of your tooth. When there is deep decay, faulty crowns or trauma to the tooth pulp, it will create inflammation and infection inside your tooth. So now that you understand the anatomy of your tooth and just what is going on in there, it is time to explain how a root canal can help.

A root canal saves a tooth. During this treatment, the inflamed pulp is carefully removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. Your dentist will then fill and seal the tooth. Patients typically get a crown or filling for added protection after a root canal. Again, contrary to jokes and popular belief, a root canal procedure is very much like getting a filling and it only takes a couple of appointments in most circumstances.

If you have been told you need a root canal, we hope you will now realize its important. For a badly infected tooth, your alternatives are either tooth extraction or living with unbearably painful tooth. The investment in a successful root canal, which is accomplished more than 85% of the time, is well worth it for a healthy, pain-free smile!

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!

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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