Root canal therapy for saving damaged teeth

When patients hear the words “root canal,” they may immediately react with fear or discomfort. While the media has often pumped up root canal therapy treatment negatively, it is actually a routine procedure used to save teeth and eliminate pain–not cause it! Dr. Aja Nichols and her team at Lifestyle Dentistry of Smyrna, Georgia, work with individuals to educate them on the pros and cons of root canal therapy.

What is endodontic therapy?

Endodontic treatment or therapy, also known as a “root canal”, is a dental procedure used to treat inflammation or infection in the soft inner tissue of the tooth called the pulp. During this unique procedure, the infected pulp is removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without endodontic therapy, the infection can spread and lead to pain, abscesses, and potential tooth loss.

What can I expect from the root canal treatment?

While it may sound intimidating, endodontic therapy can actually save a severely damaged or infected tooth. Many people will experience little to no discomfort during the procedure and are able to keep their natural teeth instead of opting for permanent extraction and replacement.

What are alternative treatments that can be used instead of root canal therapy?

Many nervous patients who hear of root canals may have questions about alternative treatments that may be considered. Unfortunately, there is no way to save a tooth other than root canal therapy when infection or significant damage has occurred to the tooth or the inner dental pulp. If you are worried about this treatment, Dr. Nichols can educate you on what to expect every step of the way to eliminate the worry, discomfort, and stress that you might feel when faced with root canal treatments.

Request an appointment with our team of professionals in Smyrna, Georgia, today!

If you are experiencing dental pain or suspect an infection in your tooth, be sure to schedule an appointment with an experienced professional such as Dr. Aja Nichols and her team at Lifestyle Dentistry. The office is located at 3640 Highlands Pkwy SE, Smyrna, GA. Call (678) 884-4494 to request a visit.

Aja Gilmore-Nichols, DDS

Dr. Aja Nichols

Aja Gilmore-Nichols, DDS, attended dental school in Indiana and served in the US Navy for five years before settling in Smyrna, GA. After receiving her Georgia licensure, she worked for ‘corporate dentistry’ and a mobile dental company caring for underserved elementary and middle school children before opening Lifestyle Dentistry in 2016.

Dr. Nichols focuses on the ABCs of dentistry: Airway, Breath, and Cosmetics. With a mission to “do the right things, at the right time, for the right reasons,” she likes to educate her patients so they can make informed decisions. She aims to provide relationship-focused dentistry that helps her patients achieve their dental goals.