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Root Canals: Debunking 3 Myths Gainesville, GA

Let’s face it; the term “root canal” doesn’t sit well with most people. However, there are several misconceptions about root canals and understanding the truth can help patients make a more informed decision about their dental health. Contrary to popular belief, root canals are not painful. In fact, they relieve your pain. Here are some common root canal myths debunked, so that you can feel more comfortable if your dentist recommends the procedure:

Myth 1: Root Canals Are Painful

With today’s advanced technology and improved anesthetics, there is simply no reason why your root canal procedure should be painful. Root canal therapy is designed to save your infected tooth and bring you out of pain. Patients who choose root canals finally gain relief and can resume normal activities quickly.

Myth 2: If I Don’t Have Pain, I Don’t Need A Root Canal

While the majority of patients are in pain when they need a root canal, it is not true for everyone. If you have a tooth that has been decayed for a long time, it may stop causing pain. This does not mean you are exempt from treatment, as even completely decayed teeth are at high risk for infection. Getting a root canal is the only way to rescue your tooth and prevent further damage and infection.

Myth 3: A Tooth Extraction Is A Better Option

If you think that removing the infected tooth is the easiest and preferred option over a root canal, you are mistaken. Saving your natural tooth is not only better for your oral health, but it can save you from future problems. A missing tooth can cause the surrounding teeth to shift and become crooked, which is hard to keep clean. You will eventually be faced with tooth replacement options such as dental implants or dentures, which can be much more expensive and time-consuming than a simple root canal.

Clearing the air when it comes to root canals involves putting to rest any thought about a root canal being painful, intimidating or just not worth it. Gainesville Dental Group is proud to educate patients on the importance of saving an infected tooth and how a pain-free root canal can be your best solution to a comfortable, healthy smile.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Vetter, Gainesville Dental Group

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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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