The thought of a root canal can bring negative images to mind. Stop worrying! Dr. David Lamothe of Smyrna Dental in Smyrna, GA is here to ease your mind by giving the facts and benefits of root canal treatments.
There are many myths floating around about root canals. These ideas only perpetuate the notion that root canals are undesirable, scary procedures. These myths include the following:
Root canals cause pain. False. In truth, the patient often comes to the dentist with tooth pain that usually stems from an infection deep in the tooth. The dentist performs a root canal to clear out the infection and save the natural tooth, thus, easing the patient’s pain and discomfort. Once the infection is gone, the pain goes away as well. The actual root canal procedure is described as no more painful than having a cavity filled.
A second myth is that root canals cause diseases or illnesses. The root canal procedure is designed to eliminate the infection and bacteria. It also helps to prevent reinfection and saves the natural tooth.
Finally, extractions should be performed as a last resort, not just to avoid a root canal. Preserving your natural teeth is always the best option, not removing them. It is better for a patient’s overall health to have as many natural teeth as possible. Root canal treatments have a very high success rate and are often less expensive than a tooth extraction and the placement of an implant.
Let Dr. David Lamothe of Smyrna Dental ease your mind and your tooth pain. Contact the office at (678) 374-3764 to schedule your dental appointment today.