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Don’t Believe These 3 Root Canal Myths Marietta, GA
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One of the most dreaded treatments in dentistry is a root canal. Unfortunately, root canals have gotten a bad reputation. In truth, this endodontic treatment offers heroic benefits towards your smile. Instead of causing pain, root canals can be the only way to bring you out of pain while saving your tooth at the same time.

What Happens During a Root Canal?

Root canals are a specialized dental procedure that treats a diseased or infected tooth. When the inner pulp of the tooth becomes infected or inflamed, it can result in very intense pain because this is where the sensitive nerves reside within a tooth. During a root canal, your dentist will remove the infected tooth pulp and sanitize the inner chambers of the tooth so that there is no lingering bacteria or future infection. In many cases, a dental crown is placed on the affected tooth to restore its strength and integrity.

Myths About Root Canal Therapy

If your dentist has told you that you need a root canal, don’t shy away or avoid the treatment. Root canals are nothing to fear. Take the time to learn the facts about root canal therapy and stop believing these common myths:

Root Canals are Painful.

The most prevalent misconception about root canal therapy is that the procedure is painful. However, root canals are typically no more painful than getting a dental filling. Instead, this endodontic treatment relieves the pain of your infected tooth.

Extractions are a Better Alternative

Many patients falsely believe that getting the infected tooth extracted is the quickest, cheapest and best way remedy their dental pain. Unfortunately, if you remove a permanent tooth, you’ll need to consider a dental implant, which is a procedure that is far more invasive, time-consuming and expensive than a simple root canal treatment.

A Root Canal “Kills” the Tooth

While a root canal cleans the inside of a tooth and kills the infection-causing bacteria, it does not kill the tooth. Instead, it allows the tooth to heal and restore itself.

Have More Questions About Root Canals?

At Pure Smiles Dentistry, we welcome the opportunity to educate patients about root canal therapy and other misunderstood dental treatments. You’ll find that we are diligent about helping each patient understand their treatment plan so that they can move forward with confidence and ease.

Posted on behalf of Pure Smiles Marietta

2655 Dallas Hwy #510
Marietta, GA 30064

Phone: (770) 422-8776

FAX: (770) 428-2207


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  • Kim P.

    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

  • Lisa O.

    Hands down the best dentist I have found. I took all three of my kids and myself. This is a welcoming, child-friendly team. It is readily apparent how well this team works together to make every patient, no matter what age, feel comfortable. I appreciate these people so much. Thank you for being such an outstanding dentist team, Pure Smiles!

  • Carmelita Ch.-H.

    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.

  • Hudson H.

    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.

  • Kashni S.

    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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2655 Dallas Hwy #510
Marietta, GA 30064

Mon - Wed: 7AM – 7PM
Thu, Fri: 7AM – 4PM
Sat: 8AM – 3PM, twice a month