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Debunking Common Root Canals Myths Marietta, GA
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Do the words “root canal” make your wince? While you’re not alone in your perception of root canals, you are also not validated in most cases. Far too many people believe the common misconceptions about root canal therapy. The truth is, root canals have been performed for decades. This endodontic procedure is safe, painless and highly effective in terms of saving a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted due to decay or extensive damage. In fact, if you need a root canal, you are likely suffering from intense pain, and this procedure is designed to alleviate that pain.

Myth #1 Root Canals are Painful

The most unfortunate myth surrounding root canals is that they are painful. Root canals are actually no more uncomfortable than getting a dental filling. Today’s comfort technology, improved anesthetics and advanced techniques allow patients to undergo root canal therapy without added discomfort. Your root canal should, however, bring you out of the pain you are in from your infected tooth.

Myth #2 Root Canals “Kill” the Tooth

A root canal treats the inside of your tooth, which allows it to heal properly. It does involve removing the infected nerves and blood vessels in this inner chamber. Rest assured that these do not serve any functional purpose to your tooth. They are simply there as a warning mechanism to tell you when the tooth is in danger from decay, infection, inflammation or trauma. Therefore, root canals do not compromise the integrity of your tooth in any way.

Myth # 3 Root Canals May Cause Long-Term Tooth Sensitivity

There are rare occasions that a root canal would cause lingering pain or sensitivity. In such cases, endodontic retreatment may be necessary. However, most root canal procedures only bring temporary and mild sensitivity the first few days after treatment.

Myth #4 It’s Better Extract the Tooth

Many people falsely assume that just having their ailing tooth removed is an easier and more affordable option than getting a root canal. This can be a big mistake. Saving your natural tooth is always better for your current and future oral health. In addition, if you have the tooth extracted, you’ll need to then consider a tooth replacement option. A missing tooth causes neighboring teeth to shift out of position and eventual jawbone loss if not replaced with a dental implant. Getting dental implants is more complicated and more costly than a routine root canal.

At Pure Smiles Dentistry, we take pride in our ability to deliver state-of-the-art dental care in the most comfortable and rewarding way. When it comes to pain from an infected tooth, we offer painless root canal therapy to save your smile. We welcome the opportunity

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    Dr Patel answered my call for practically in the middle of the night. He came and had no other appointments for the day! Just to help me. The facility was immaculate and him and his hygienist were so helpful. I wish I remembered her name. It had been a while since I had been to the dentist and they never made me feel judged. Great team of people. If you are looking for a dentist give Dr. P and his team a try you won't be disappointed! See u in 2 weeks Dr. P.!i

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    Doctor/Staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Always make sure you feel comfortable. Pam is an excellent Hygienist. Office space is always clean and tidy. I would recommend this office as we have been going there for the past 12 years.

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    I usually HATE the dentist! I saw all these good reviews and was a bit skeptical, but after visiting this office I now know they’re all legit. Pure Smiles made me feel comfortable and was very considerate to me. I normally leave the dentist angry, this time however I was so pleased! Everyone was empathetic and went over and beyond to help me. Everything from scheduling to payment options, they cared. I actually want to floss now.

  • Michelle P.

    I only have positive things to say about Dr.Patel and the staff at Pure Smiles in Marietta. I was in bad shape with a wisdom tooth that needed to be removed. I was seen the same morning that I called, and everything was finished in under an hour. I received a check-up call that afternoon, which I felt was very thoughtful. I went back for an overall exam the following week, and I left their office feeling great about my future dental health. Do not hesitate to call Pure Smiles. The staff is kind, efficient, and up-to-date on dental advances.

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    Everyone from the front desk to our Dentist was wonderful. Dr. Sanil Patel was truly impeccable - everything was clean. He offers various services to meet all your cosmetic and medical dental needs in one place!! Check it out for yourself.

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