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The Best Way to Get a Root Canal

Why is it that actual pain often doesn’t harm us as much as the fear of pain? For many, the mere mention of “root canal” instills the kind of anxiety that can keep them away from the dentist until the pain is unbearable. However, as technology advances and the options for oral care expand, the once-dreaded root canal may have finally met its match.

Signs You May Need A Root Canal

Inside every tooth is a pulp full of connective tissue and nerves. If this pulp becomes diseased or injured, the important and delicate pulp dies.  If you don’t remove the decayed area, your tooth will become infected and may have to be pulled out completely. But fortunately, even teeth with disease deep in the nerve can be preserved with a root canal. Other signs you may need a root canal include:

Why Is There a Stigma Around Root Canals?

The traditional approach to root canals involves drilling a wide section of the tooth and then using a series of files to pull out infected tissue within the canal. The area is then sealed to prevent an abscess. Unfortunately, this process is imperfect, as debris taken from the canal risks being forced into other areas of the tooth, leading to additional infection and protracted healing time. There’s also the chance that some of the debris will not be captured, resulting in additional time in the dentist’s chair. It’s no wonder patients experience anxiety about root canals.

Time to Leave the Anxiety in the Past

No need to fear, root canals of the future are here. New systems for treating root canals are far less invasive, requiring little more than a pinpoint drill area. The technology uses sound waves, fluids and negative pressure to clean out and sterilize the canal. The pressurized system forces all the debris out and leaves nothing behind to bother the rest of the tooth. Results are far more effective than the traditional method, reducing post-procedure pain and usually eliminating the need for follow-up treatments. Think of this root canal system as a power washer for your tooth. Benefits of this type of treatment include:

  • Less pain
  • Reduced need for follow-up sessions
  • Fewer antibiotics prescribed
  • Quicker healing time
  • Better overall experience

Dentists who hold specialized certifications can also employ IV sedation to ease anxiety and stress for patients undergoing root canals or other advanced procedures. Sedation can be used in varying degrees to allow patients to achieve a sense of calm or even fall asleep, depending on their preference.

The Bottom Line – Don’t Live in Pain

LifeSmiles by Dr. Randy Mitchmore provides premier dental care in a relaxing, anxiety-free environment. Dr. Mitchmore and his staff use the most up-to-date technology and training available today, including IV sedation. To discuss how you can improve your smile and stop the pain, contact us today.


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Sally May-Frankum
Dental Hygienist

Sally’s favorite part about working with the team at LifeSmiles is the fun she has with her co-workers. Additionally, she appreciates working with Dr. Randy Mitchmore because much like her, he values whole-body health for his patients. She’s proud to be part of a team that does such high quality work.

Outside of the office: Sally enjoys being with her children and grandchildren and uses writing as a creative outlet. On the weekends, she can be found doing all things outdoors including hiking and biking.

 

Bucket List: Going to Europe, exploring every US state, and zip-lining.

Hero: The Highest Power of them all!

Toni Wilson
Queen of Charisma

 “Every great dream begins with a dreamer.”

Toni’s favorite thing about working at LifeSmiles is the beautiful scenery. When patients are having anxiety about their dental appointments, she creates a fearless atmosphere with her charisma and warmth. She is passionate about helping every patient achieve their dental health goals. She says she truly loves being part of a team where she can grow professionally and personally.

Outside the office: Toni loves spending time with her husband and their sons. She also likes to show off her green thumb with her work in her garden.


Bucket list item:
Travel around the world and learn about other cultures and regions.

Your hero: Harriet Tubman because she was passionate and a fearless leader unafraid of any of life’s challenges.

Mike Mireles
Elite Care and Education Specialist

“Smiling is contagious”

Mike began his career at LifeSmiles seeking an opportunity to expand his skillset and advance his career. Today he works at Dr. Michmore’s side through dental procedures and surgeries. He loves working at LifeSmiles because the entire team is continually learning and keeping up to date with the newest advancements in dentistry.

Outside the office: Mike enjoys barbecuing on his patio, traveling, and spending time with his family. He’s a dog dad of two: Tati and Tito.


Bucket list item:
To visit Thailand and Dubai and to try skydiving!

Your hero: Mike looks up to his parents and is forever grateful for the life lesson they taught him; respect, manners, strength, and to be a go-getter. He continues to carry these things with him with everything he does.

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Sandra Smith
Ambassador

Sandra is 44 years old and is a star athlete for the Special Olympics. At LifeSmiles, Sandra stocks patient rooms and the coffee bar. She does all kinds of special projects like decorating for holidays and preparing awesome gifts for our patients.

Sandra loves being around all her friends and is proud to wear a LifeSmiles shirt, jacket, and name badge. You’ll always find her smiling and helping make our patients smile too.

Outside the Office: Sandra likes to go fishing with her family, swim, go to dances, and walk the mall with her friends. She is very active in the Special Olympics and won second place in the state volleyball tournament (go, Sandra!) in 2020. She sings in her church choir and attends international performances with them.

Spirit Animal: Butterfly. She likes them because they are pretty.

Andie Willis
Director of Details

Andie is married with one son, Logan and now lives in The Woodlands. She grew up in Sugar Land and has followed in her mother’s footsteps – she has been in dentistry for over 35 years. Andie actually started out working in the office with her mom and learned many things from the way she worked.

Andie has been a Lead Dental Assistant for most of her career. She has worked for many specialists including oral surgeons and periodontists. She has extensive training in all facets of dentistry but especially enjoys the surgical and cosmetic side. As a science nerd, dentistry fascinates Andie and gives her a sense of accomplishment.

At LifeSmiles, she is our “Director of Details”. Andie is known for being a perfectionist because she likes to gather as much information as possible and go the extra mile to match Dr. Mitchmore’s high standards. She truly loves being part of our dedicated team of professionals who go above and beyond for our amazing patients.

Outside of the Office: Andie is addicted to Lagree fitness and loves to go off-shore fishing.

Your Hero: Her Mom. She is the most selfless person Andie knows.

John Copous
Chief Enthusiasm Officer

John became a new patient of LifeSmiles in 2008. He likes to tell people he was not allowed to leave. John worked down the street for 14 years before joining the team. He has a passion for meeting new people and extending genuine hospitality.

Often the first person people meet on the phone and when they walk in the door, you can count on John for a warm welcoming smile. You can even ‘hear’ it over the phone. He says, “I believe everyone deserves the red carpet treatment and love seeing other people smile.”

John hears stories every day how someone’s smile is holding them back. He can barely contain his excitement when shouting the praises of Dr. Mitchmore and the entire team. He shares passionate stories of how the transformations people have received at LifeSmiles, changed their lives.

Outside the Office: John loves being outside. He enjoys sharing a beach house with friends and family. He loves entertaining, throwing a party and cooking at home. He can start a conversation with anyone, anywhere. He’s an amateur stand-up comic.

Bucket List Item: To live in a foreign country for one year, somewhere near the beach. Take some time to write an epic love novel loosely based on my large Italian family.

Your Hero: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. While fictional, the character incorporates admirable qualities from real life people. She believes in the goodness of everyone, keeps on going and moves forward despite any obstacle. She is able to find humor in other people’s quirks, accepts them and makes sense of it all. Plus, she’s a little outrageous too.