597 W Crossville Rd #100, Roswell, GA 30075 | 770.992.5858

Root Canal

Relief and Recovery with Expert Root Canal Treatment

Find relief from dental pain with professional Root Canal Treatment at Vlass and Merritt Dental Care in Roswell, GA. Our skilled dental team uses advanced techniques to remove infected or damaged tissue from inside your tooth, alleviating pain and preserving your natural tooth. With over 30 years of experience, we ensure a comfortable, effective procedure that restores the health and function of your tooth. Trust our expertise to provide you with a pain-free experience and a durable, long-lasting solution.

Expert Diagnosis and Treatment

Our dental team is experienced in diagnosing and treating a wide range of dental issues, including complex cases requiring root canal therapy. We utilize digital imaging and other diagnostic tools to accurately assess the condition of your tooth and determine if root canal treatment is necessary. With our expertise and attention to detail, we can effectively address infection or damage within the tooth, alleviating pain and preserving your natural tooth structure.

Minimally Invasive Approach

At Vlass & Merritt Dental Care, we prioritize minimally invasive dentistry techniques, including root canal therapy. Our skilled dentists use precise instruments and advanced technology to access the infected or damaged pulp inside the tooth while preserving as much healthy tooth structure as possible. This approach reduces discomfort during the procedure and promotes faster healing and recovery for our patients.

Comprehensive Care and Support

We understand that undergoing root canal therapy can be intimidating for many patients. That's why we provide comprehensive care and support throughout the treatment process. Our compassionate dental team will guide you through each step of the procedure, addressing any concerns you may have and ensuring your comfort and confidence in the treatment. We are committed to delivering exceptional care and helping you achieve a pain-free smile and improved oral health.

Relieve Pain and Save Your Tooth with Expert Root Canal Therapy

Vlass & Merritt Dental Care specializes in root canal therapy, providing effective treatment to relieve pain, save infected teeth, and restore oral health. Our skilled team utilizes advanced techniques and technology to perform root canal procedures with precision and care, ensuring optimal outcomes and patient comfort.

Root Canal FAQ's

A root canal is a dental procedure used to treat and save a tooth that is infected or severely decayed. During the procedure, the infected or damaged pulp inside the tooth is removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned, disinfected, and sealed to prevent further infection.

A root canal is needed when the pulp tissue inside the tooth becomes infected or inflamed due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, a crack or chip in the tooth, or trauma to the tooth. Without treatment, the infection can spread, leading to severe pain, swelling, and possible tooth loss.

Signs that a root canal may be needed include severe tooth pain, prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, swelling or tenderness in the gums, a pimple-like bump on the gums, or discoloration of the tooth. However, not all infected teeth exhibit symptoms, so regular dental check-ups are essential for early detection.

The process of getting a root canal typically involves multiple steps over one or more dental visits. First, the dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding area with local anesthesia to ensure comfort during the procedure. Then, the infected pulp is removed, and the inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Finally, the tooth is sealed with a filling material or capped with a dental crown to restore its function and appearance.

Contrary to popular belief, root canal treatment is not typically painful. With modern techniques and local anesthesia, most patients experience minimal discomfort during the procedure. After the procedure, some mild soreness or discomfort is common and can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medications.

Read Our 5-Star Ratings

We are new patients to the practice and have had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Joseph Merritt. Dr. Merritt is currently treating my mom who is 90 years old and helping her with some aging gum and teeth issues. The technology that Dr. MERRITT has introduced us to has been absolutely incredible but with technology comes questions. Dr. MERRITT took the time to explain everything to us, step-by-step and answered each and every question. He took his time and made sure Mom understood what he was recommending and why. I was very impressed with his attention to detail and caring approach to each conversation. We just returned from our second visit and again can report another great experience and the communication with the practice has been excellent. Kim coordinated all the transfer of mom’s dental records within an hour, so our visits have been very thorough. Did I mention the amazing technology? It is worth repeating. I am so relieved my mom is in excellent hands and we will be returning to continue the treatments Dr. MERRITT has recommended.
Dr. Vlass is my dentist even though I drive 1.5 hours to his office. I trust his judgment and he does a terrific job with my teeth. As I am advanced in years, and he has had to deal with some sensitive conditions in my mouth with outstanding results. I highly recommend their practice.
Have you ever thought you would take the time to give a dentist a review...let alone 5 stars? Well, me neither, until now. My business is all about relationships, so I pay attention when someone else values and understands that relationships are everything too. Joey Merritt, not only gets it, he embraces it. His actions and professionalism forced me to leave a dental practice that my entire family was immensely happy with when one emergency issue was treated with immediate concern at the expense of his personal time. Prior to Joey meeting me in a bad moment, the only thing we knew about each other was that my wife played tennis with his mom. What I learned after that about him was more than enough to immediately come home and tell my family that we had a new friend and dentist for life. True story.
I LOVE Dr. Merritt! He's so kind and compassionate. He's an incredible dentist! His staff is also on the same level. I've been going there for years. I first saw Dr. Vlass, then Dr. Merritt when he joined the practice. I can't recommend them enough!!
I feel that the staff listens to my concerns when I call and they try to schedule me as soon as possible. When I am seen I am confident of their care of my teeth and dental concerns. The staff is very professional! I have been seen by Dr Vlass and Dr Merritt and both are very caring and exceptional dentists. This is an outstanding dental practice! I love my dentists!!

Restore Your Smile and Oral Health with Root Canal Therapy

Experience relief from dental pain and preserve your natural tooth with expert root canal therapy at Vlass & Merritt Dental Care. Our skilled team, minimally invasive approach, and comprehensive care ensure that you receive the highest quality treatment and enjoy lasting results. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about how root canal therapy can restore your smile and oral health.

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Barry L. Vlass, DMD

Dr. Barry Vlass graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelors degree in biology in 1976. He then attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine located in Boston, Massachusetts where he obtained his doctorate in dental medicine (D.M.D.) in 1981.

He began practicing dentistry in Roswell in 1981. Dr. Vlass has enjoyed a successful career in dentistry due to his sincere commitment to continuing education and providing his patients with the latest technology in the field of dentistry.

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Joseph Merritt, DMD

Dr. Joseph Merritt grew up and currently resides in Roswell, Ga., and he is a proud alumnus of Roswell High School. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, he obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from the University of Louisville, School of Dentistry.

The driving force of Dr. Merritt’s career is his calling to serve others locally and in communities with limited access to dental care. He has volunteered on multiple dental mission trips to Nicaragua and Jamaica. Dr. Merritt also volunteered at a Free Day of Dentistry several years in a row in Savannah, Ga., where he started his career in dentistry.

Dr. Merritt specializes in restorative and cosmetic dental procedures. He is also a certified Invisalign provider and extensively trained in dental implants.

Outside of the office, Dr. Merritt enjoys golfing, working out, playing cornhole, and spending time with family and friends — especially with his wife Kellie, daughter Lenny, and dog Lady. Anytime you want to talk about Georgia sports… he’s your guy!

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