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    "From the moment I walked into the door I felt as though I was the most important person in the room. I was waited on promptly. The dentist came in to greet me and to make sure he wasn’t needed. My dental hygienist was wonderful and caring. She did a great job on my cleaning and took the time to provide future dental advice. Great atmosphere!" -Deborah P.

  • Oak Family Dental | Park

    "From the moment I walked into the door I felt as though I was the most important person in the room. I was waited on promptly. The dentist came in to greet me and to make sure he wasn’t needed. My dental hygienist was wonderful and caring. She did a great job on my cleaning and took the time to provide future dental advice. Great atmosphere!" -Deborah P.

  • Oak Family Dental | Doctors

    "From the moment I walked into the door I felt as though I was the most important person in the room. I was waited on promptly. The dentist came in to greet me and to make sure he wasn’t needed. My dental hygienist was wonderful and caring. She did a great job on my cleaning and took the time to provide future dental advice. Great atmosphere!" -Deborah P.

  • Oak Family Dental | Office

    "From the moment I walked into the door I felt as though I was the most important person in the room. I was waited on promptly. The dentist came in to greet me and to make sure he wasn’t needed. My dental hygienist was wonderful and caring. She did a great job on my cleaning and took the time to provide future dental advice. Great atmosphere!" -Deborah P.

  • Oak Family Dental | Large Family

    "From the moment I walked into the door I felt as though I was the most important person in the room. I was waited on promptly. The dentist came in to greet me and to make sure he wasn’t needed. My dental hygienist was wonderful and caring. She did a great job on my cleaning and took the time to provide future dental advice. Great atmosphere!" -Deborah P.

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Root Canals Are Your Ticket to Relief: Here’s How it Works

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You have probably listened to more than your share of root canal jokes and horror stories, and, like most people, you believe what you hear. But it is really time to put to rest the myth that root canals are a painful procedure. It’s the 21st century, after all, and advances in dental technology and sedation methods make the process no more complicated than having a tooth filled. 

It's the Infection That Causes Pain

The first thing to understand is that it is an infection deep within the tooth that causes pain. Without treatment, the pain will continue to worsen until it becomes unbearable. At that point, the only way your dentist ...

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Root Canals - Treating Infection and Relieving Your Pain

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Toothaches are one of the most intense types of pain, and tooth pain from an untreated root canal infection can be agonizing. When this occurs, your first step should be to call your dentist.

However, If you don’t like dental visits and you especially don’t like root canals, the first thing you probably do is reach for the bottle of Advil. But deep in your heart, you know you’re only buying time until you have to face the fact that you need to see the dentist.

Why do we put ourselves through this? No one likes tooth pain, and most people have an unwarranted fear of root canal treatment. But you need ...

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A Reason for Root Canals

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Many times, a person doesn't know they have an infected root canal until it becomes painful. At that point, of course, the only concern is finding relief fast.

But there’s actually much more at stake than your comfort; while pain is a powerful motivating force in seeking treatment, the purpose of root canal therapy is to preserve the structure of the tooth.

Why You Need a Root Canal

To understand, let’s take a look at why a root canal becomes necessary and what happens during the procedure.

Located deep inside your teeth is a chamber that runs through the middle of your tooth and houses dental pulp, which is made up of connective tissue, ...

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Root Canals: Relief in 3...2....1....

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If you have ever experienced the pain of an infected root canal, you know how debilitating it can be. The pain is so severe that you can’t function and it’s hard to even think straight. At this point, all you know is that you need relief, and you need it yesterday!

The Root Canal Myth

Unfortunately, the pain is often the only thing people remember about having a root canal infection. But here’s something you should know – the only reason you are in pain is that you have an infected tooth. Even though there’s a part of you that holds onto the painful root canal myth, you know that the moment ...

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Need a Root Canal? How the Process Could Change in the Future

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Nearly everyone dislikes the idea of root canals. Fortunately, improvements in treatment techniques and technology help to ensure that root canals at our Metairie dental office are far more comfortable than you ever thought possible.

The first sign that you have an infected root canal is often severe pain. We need to perform treatment to remove the bacterial infection and provide relief. Without treatment, the pain will get worse, and you will ultimately lose the tooth.

During the procedure, Dr. Patterson removes the infection, then disinfects and seals the tooth. When you return for your follow-up appointment, she checks the canal to ensure that all the infection has been removed.

The problem is ...

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Root Canals Save Teeth

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So, you need a root canal

You need a root canal.  What does that mean? Each year millions of root canals are done to save teeth.  Root canals are recommended for a few different situations.  One condition that requires a root canal is when a deep cavity reaches the nerve of the tooth.  Our teeth are essentially made up of 3 layers.  The outer layer, the enamel is the hard white part you see when you smile. The dentin layer is under the enamel; this layer serves to protect the inner layer known as the pulp.  Within the pulp are nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue.  Once a cavity reaches the ...

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