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The Truth About Root Canals

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When it comes to dental procedures that get a bad rap, root canals are at the top of the list. Many people wince at the thought of getting a root canal. Unfortunately, this negative connotation couldn’t be further from the truth. Contrary to popular belief, root canal therapy is not painful. In fact, patients report the procedure feeling much like getting a cavity repaired. Thanks to advanced techniques and sedation dentistry, you don’t have to worry about enduring extreme discomfort during this important endodontic treatment. Instead, you can focus on the numerous benefits of following through with RCT when it is recommended.

Why is Root Canal Therapy Suggested?

When the inner chamber of a tooth has become infected or damaged, the tooth is at risk for survival. It should also be noted that the nerves of the tooth reside in this inner chamber, so any compromise to the area will produce significant pain. Whether you’ve suffered a traumatic injury to the tooth, prolonged decay, or an infection that creeped into the tooth center, a root canal is the only procedure that can relieve the pain and save the tooth!

What Happens During RCT?

During the procedure, you’ll be given a local anesthetic to numb the affected tooth area. Many people also choose sedation dentistry to help them relax further. Next, a tiny canal or pathway is created into the center of the tooth. The infected pulp is removed and the inner tooth structures are sanitized to eliminate lingering bacteria. Finally, a special, rubber-like material (called gutta-percha) is used to fill the tooth for future protection. Most patients will also need a custom crown following their root canal. This ensures the previously damaged tooth is restored to its optimal strength and integrity.

Isn’t a Tooth Extraction Quicker and Cheaper?

Many patients who have an infected molar (back tooth) may falsely assume that an extraction is a better option than getting a root canal. If it is money that you are trying to save, you should know that once your tooth is removed, it will need to be replaced. Restorative dentistry services, such as dental implants, are far more complex and costly than root canal therapy. Not to mention, neglecting to replace a missing tooth can result in shifting of neighboring teeth, eating problems, bone loss and other complications.

If you are suffering from the pain or sensitivity of an infected tooth, don’t let the thought of root canal therapy scare you away. It is not only a painless procedure, but it is one that can restore your comfort and save your smile. Call Dr. Mitzi Morris in Roswell to book your appointment.

Posted on behalf of Mitzi D. Morris

1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 678-459-2990

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

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Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

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