Root canals are often one of the most dreaded dental procedures, yet they need not be. The permanent teeth are meant to remain in the mouth from the time they erupt until the time that life ends. Yet, this does not mean that the permanent teeth are invincible to becoming damaged during this time. The teeth are living features within the mouth, and they can suffer from decay, infection, and trauma just like the rest of the body. If the teeth suffer damage, they require treatment. Root canals are performed on damaged teeth in order to save the teeth so that they remain in the mouth.
The loss of even a single tooth causes serious repercussions to result – none of which have any positive effect. Therefore, saving a tooth is the most beneficial method of restoring the health of the entire mouth. Many people mistakenly associate pain with a root canal procedure. However, what dentists everywhere want you to understand is that it is the infected or damaged tooth that is painful; root canals are specifically done to alleviate your pain and restore the health of your tooth. If an infected or damaged tooth is allowed to fester without needed treatment, the pain will become insufferable and the damage too great to save the tooth.
Root canals are done under anesthesia so that patients do not experience any pain or discomfort during the procedure. A root canal involves a series of steps:
- The tooth is opened, usually from the top.
- The inside of the tooth is cleaned in order to remove all infection or decay.
- The tooth is then treated with antibiotics.
- Finally, the tooth is sealed with a complete filling in order to seal out further damage.
At Gainesville Dental Group, we want our patients to feel as comfortable as possible during any type of dental procedure. We will meet your comfort needs so that you can receive the treatment that you require.
The entire staff at Gainesville Dental Group is committed to the highest standard in dental service with an emphasis on patient comfort and care. We will work with you to ensure that you achieve and maintain optimal oral health. Remember, root canals are not painful – they are done to relieve your pain and restore your oral health.
The Gainesville Dental Group
Gainesville, GA 30501
Wednesday & Thursday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM