Root canals in Metairie are probably one of the most dreaded procedures among our patients. In reality, though, there’s no need to worry about this common treatment. Dr. Gregg May has performed countless root canal procedures in his 18 years as a dentist. He also uses the latest treatment techniques, thanks to the 3,400-plus hours of continuing education he has completed.Dr. May on Root Canals Read Transcript
Occasionally, people come into the practice and they are in some kind of extreme pain. A lot of times, it’s because they’ve had an abscess form on a tooth that requires what we call root canal therapy. We’ve all heard bad things, and all the comedians have made jokes. I will fully admit, as a dentist that’s been doing this a couple of decades now, that in the beginning, root canals were extensive. The difference in today is our technology has tremendously changed. A filling is no more difficult than a root canal in these days. It’s a very simple procedure. It’s fast. Our technology has changed night and day. They can be done simply, easy, fast, and pain-free in today’s world. They are an excellent option for someone either in pain or with an abscessed tooth to fix that tooth so that they will not lose that tooth and require more extensive treatment later.
Your root canal therapy will:
- Allow you to keep teeth threatened by infection
- Avoid an extraction procedure
- Prevent infection from spreading
- Most important, relieve your pain
Preserving Your Tooth Is Preferable to Removing It
If infection gets into the soft center of your tooth, the usual two treatment options are a root canal procedure or an extraction. Dr. May will review both choices with you so you can make the best decision for your situation.
In general, though, keeping your tooth intact with root canal therapy is:
- Less Costly – While a root canal procedure costs more than an extraction, it will leave you without a tooth. If you replace it – and we highly recommend you do – the total cost will likely exceed the cost of a root canal.
- An Easier Recovery – Unlike an extraction, there’s no bleeding with a root canal. You should experience little, if any, discomfort. You won’t need to change your diet or oral hygiene routine in the days following your procedure.
- Better for Your Oral Health – Since your tooth roots remain in place after a root canal, you won’t experience the bone loss that occurs after a tooth is removed.
Stay Comfortable During Root Canal Therapy
As with any procedure in our office, you can relax with soothing amenities like a blanket and headphones. After your procedure, we’ll offer you a warm, lavender-scented towel. If you’re nervous or worried about discomfort, you can choose from two forms of safe dental sedation.
Root canals in Metairie are no big deal! Call 504-291-0042 to see if you need one.