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Why Root Canals Deserve More Respect Gainesville, GA
Woman Touching Her Jaw in Pain Gainesville GA

When patients are told they need a root canal, it is not uncommon to watch them groan or wince in response. This is largely because root canals have gotten a bad reputation – an unfortunate and misunderstood reputation. The truth is, this endodontic procedure is quite heroic. Root canals are designed to save a dying tooth. Did you hear that? When one of your natural, permanent teeth is too damaged to recover on its own, root canal therapy can intervene and revive that tooth to health.

What happens during a root canal?

During a root canal, the diseased or infected inner pulp of the tooth is carefully removed. The inside of the tooth is cleaned and sanitized to eradicate any lingering bacteria, and then a special material is used to fill the tooth in order to prevent future infection. In many cases, the treated tooth will need a custom crown. This ensures the tooth regains proper strength and structure to withstand everyday dental function going forward.

Why do patients fear a root canal?

The primary reason that patients make that ugly face when a dentist utters the words “root canal,” is because they (falsely) believe the procedure will be painful. Know the truth – root canals are no more painful than getting a dental filling. Modern dentistry offers superb methods in anesthetics and sedation dentistry, which means you probably won’t feel a thing during your time in the dental chair. In addition, we have advanced imaging technology and refined techniques to ensure your root canal procedure is performed conservatively, with the highest level of precision and care.

What is the alternative?

Still want to avoid or delay that root canal? You should know your alternatives. Patients who need a root canal typically either have a tooth that is injured, decayed or infected very badly. In nearly all cases, these patients are aware of the compromised tooth, as it produces a significant amount of pain. Unfortunately, these matters don’t just resolve on their own. Your tooth will not grow back new structures, and all infections need to be treated. While you may think that extracting the tooth is the easiest, cheapest and quickest way to pain relief, you need to consider the expense, time and hassle of replacing that tooth once it is removed. Missing teeth require a prosthetic tooth (usually a dental implant) to prevent shifting of the surrounding teeth and other concerns.

A root canal can be your hero.

If you want quick pain relief while saving your natural tooth, root canal therapy is your answer. At Gainesville Dental Group, we promise a comfortable and rewarding experience. Please don’t hesitate to ask us more detailed questions about the procedure itself as well as what to expect after root canal therapy.

Posted on behalf of Gainesville Dental Group

Our Patient Reviews

Bev M.

Very happy with the staff at Gainesville Dental Group. The doctors are caring and experienced. I never am left in the waiting room. The hygienist always ask thorough questions and report to the doctor before the exam, saving me from having to repeat everything. Highly recommend.

Dennis C.

I came to Gainesville Dental Group with a crown that was in bad shape and painful. Dr. Vetter was very knowledgeable about what needed to be done and went to great lengths to ensure the treatment to resolve the problem was in my best interest. He and assistant Sarah Riley were very professional yet personable. They worked together seamlessly in a manner that put me at ease and were very focused on fixing the tooth. Any physical discomfort was minimal and both Dr. Vetter and Sarah were encouraging and positive. A very good experience.

Sarah R.

I come to Gainesville Dental Group for my routine cleanings and absolutely love it! It’s very clean and I love how up to date they are with digital X-rays and photos of the teeth. I had to have a filling and they were able to point out on the screen where my cavity was on the X-ray. It’s much easier getting the work done when you have an understanding of what the doctor is doing! Dr. Vetter did my filling and the whole procedure was pain free! I can’t say enough good things about this group!

Linda H.

Dr. Gannon and Hannah were great. They talked me thru my procedure and made sure I was comfortable and pain free. The office was friendly and pleasant. My hubby and son have used them and liked them. I've found a new dentist! Thank You GDG.

Candace C.

Since I started my orthodontic treatment fifteen months ago, the staff at Gainesville Dental Group have been exceptional. Dr. Vetter is so kind and energetic and Kim puts you at ease while she works miracles! I am thrilled at my results and that they worked within my timeframe. I gladly recommend The Gainesville Dental Group for a personalized experience. Thank you!

Kayla B.

The whole office staff is amazing! Super friendly and helpful. Dr. Gannon has always been very nice and does great work! My husband sees Dr. Vetter and has only good things to say as well. I highly recommend this office!

Lorrie M.

This is by far the best dental group I have been to in a long time. The staff is wonderful and caring. From the front office to the Dentists are a class act. Very kind and explain step by step. High quality work. Don't plan on going anywhere else. My husband has had the same experience. Do yourself a favor and check them out. Tell them Lorrie sent you

Bruce Y.

Great dental visit! Went in for annual cleaning and x-rays. Donna did an awesome job and pointed out a potential issue which she brought up to the doctor who concurred. It was an excellent visit. Thank you to the "team" @ Gainesville Dental Group.

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1026 Thompson Bridge Road
Gainesville GA, 30501

Tel: (770) 297-0401

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Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Our office is open for normal business hours and we are following all ADA/CDC guidelines to ensure staff and patient safety.