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What Is A Root Canal?

10/2/19

Do you have unwanted tooth pain and need a root canal? Don’t be scared. For most people, there’s nothing more frightening than to hear the dreaded two words “root canal”. What many people don’t know is that a root canal can get you out of pain and save your tooth. Usually, the root canal procedure is completely pain free and there’s minimal discomfort afterwards.

When a tooth hurts, it could be because there is something wrong with the nerve inside the tooth. In these situations, cleaning out the  damaged nerves and disinfecting the tooth will take away the pain and save the tooth.

A tooth can cause pain when a deep cavity has reached the nerve. If this happens the bacteria travels from the cavity irritating the nerves inside of the tooth causing discomfort. The only way  to save the tooth is by removing the infected nerve tissue and replacing it with medication. That’s all a root canal treatment really does.

Sometimes, you can start feeling extreme sensitivity or pain when a tooth has an existing crown or a large filling close to the nerve. Whenever a tooth has had significant work done there’s a chance the nerve may react adversely immediately or many years down the road. In these situations a root canal will relieve the pain and sensitivity.

Once the root canal is complete a dental crown is recommended for the tooth. The crown helps to keep the tooth strong and prevents the tooth from fracturing.

Don’t forget that we do both your root canal and crown here in our office. This way you will save a lot of money and also you don’t need to be referred out to a root canal specialist.

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What Is A Root Canal Treatment?

The tooth is actually made up of three layers – the hard enamel, the dentin (a secondary layer of protection), and the center of the tooth, which is known as the pulp. The pulp is soft and contains blood vessels, nerves, and the tissue that surrounds the root of the tooth. When a
tooth infection reaches the pulp, it often becomes very painful. A root canal is a dental procedure that removes this type of infection.

First, you will take an X-ray of the tooth to examine the damage. Then, they will make a small hole in the surface of the tooth, clean the interior, and remove the infected nerve. The tooth is then filled with an inert material called gutta-percha, a rubber-like filling that bonds to the tooth and fills the space where the infected tissue was. The use of gutta-percha seals the canals of the root to avoid continued decay if possible.

Following this, the Dentist may decide that some form of tooth restoration, such as a crown, is necessary so that the altered tooth looks and feels exactly like any other tooth.

Endodontist vs. Dentist for root canal

A root canal specialist (Endodontist) has the same training that your regular dentist has, But also along with two or three years of specialized training in endodontic therapy. They mainly specialize in working with root canals only. So you can consider them an expert in the field of root canals. The pros and con to this is it can be a bit more pricey then working with your Dentist. If the dentist is confident and comfortable working with root canals and has a high success rate. It wouldn’t be a bad idea if you are tight with your finance. Just do your research
and ask questions.

Schedule Your Root Canal Today

Tired of dealing with the pain? Root canal costs can vary depending on which tooth is affected. Give us a call now at (480) 423-1000 with any questions or to schedule an appointment. You can also request more information at our contact us page.


Things to keep in mind to find the right dentist for your family
9/20/19

Paying regular visits to the dentist is important. This advice is for both the adults and the young. The idea is to prevent any unnoticed dental issue from becoming worse. Dental visits are not bad at all; everyone should be willing to maintain good dental health. The issue many families have reported is the challenges they face when trying to find a good dentist for the family.

So let’s take a look at some important tips to note while deciding on the best dentist to visit.

Find out if their services are in high demand

You can do a little snooping around to find out if people are satisfied with the service they got during their last visit. Find families who have used the dentists’ services for years and talk with them about your plans. From your interactions, you should be able to determine if the dentist will be a good fit for your family.

Check for reviews online

This will be easier if the dentist has a website for their business. You can find old and recent reviews posted by clients. These reviews will reveal whether your instincts are right or wrong.

Find out their qualification and experience

Another factor that can help you make a better decision is determining the qualification and experience of your preferred dentist. If you are looking for someone with a lot of experience, you can get answers by investigating the dentists’ history. The best dentists are well trained, and they have had notable recommendations from other institutions and reputable dental associations. It is also essential that your dentist is registered with the local dental associations in your community and that they have a valid license to practice.

Is the dentist friendly?

This may sound funny, but if you have been to a dentist before then you know that your communication with the dentist determines the outcome and how you feel after the treatment or checks. A good dentist will make you feel comfortable while doing everything they can to make the process painless. Friendly dentists are also a good match for the younger children. So, you should find out what kind of personality the dentist has to avoid making a wrong decision.

Pay a visit to the dental clinic

Your goals are to find out if the environment is clean, professional and if the doctors have made an effort to make their dental clinic a welcoming environment.

Is the service affordable?

You will be paying regular visits to the dentist, so you need to be sure that their fees are reasonable. A dental service that uses the latest cutting-edge technology may charge higher than other services. So while considering the fees, find out what you get after paying the fees they are requesting. If it is worth it, then based on your earlier findings you can proceed to make a decision.

 

Location and proximity to your address

Similar to health care services, it is advisable to use dental services located close to you in case of emergencies. Another factor to consider is their opening and closing hours. It should be convenient for you and your family.  

 

Your dentist should offer all the likely services that will meet the needs of your family. It will be a shame if you have to be referred to other dental clinics for certain procedures. While some dental services are quite expensive, you can find a dental clinic where the fees are moderate, and you will get the very best of care. Overall, ensure that all the conditions mentioned above are considered while making your final decision.

By Scottsdale Dental Offices


How to overcome anxiety with dentists

9/1/19

One bad experience at the dentist can leave you with a lingering fear for a long time. Some people have also developed anxiety regarding dental visits from stories they have heard from others. However, the benefits of regularly visiting the dentist far outweigh your fears. In addition, staying away from the dentist can also cause you to spend a lot more money when you are compelled to undergo expensive dental procedures to restore already damaged areas of your teeth or gums.

While you should not stay away from your dental appointments, it is good to explore ways to overcome your fears. I once read an advert for dental services which promised every patient a ‘good experience or don’t come back.’ This means many dental clinics are aware of the fear people have regarding dental procedures. Good dental clinics have taken remarkable measures to encourage the public.

The following ideas will help you overcome your anxiety when the date of your next dental appointment approaches.

Find a good dental clinic

There are well equipped dental clinics out there that have made it a point to ensure that every patient who uses their services has a great time. You can find these dental clinics by checking online to view the reviews from patients who have used their services in the past. These dental clinics use the latest technology for their procedures which make previously painful dental procedures quite painless and more bearable.

What are the benefits of the proposed dental treatment?

If a diagnosis has been made and the right dental treatment proffered to you, then you have an idea of how you will benefit from the procedure. This information can encourage you to ensure that you make the next dental appointment. It is also important to note that dental issues do not ‘go away,’ rather the situation deteriorates until it becomes an unavoidable issue characterized by pains, headaches and probably an infection. This experience can be avoided by attending your next dental appointment.

Talk to your dentist

If you come out directly to tell your dentist about your fears and anxiety regarding the proposed dental procedures, they will understand and help you overcome your fears. Dentists obviously encounter these issues often. They know several options that can be offered to patients who are afraid of dental procedures. So it is a great idea to speak with your dentist about your fears.

Talk to people who have undergone similar dental procedures

Talking with a person who has undergone the dental procedure you are about to experience can also give you some relief. You are speaking with someone who survived the dental procedure, so it is not so bad after all. They can prepare your mind for the dental appointment by telling you what to expect. You can also learn from mistakes that may have been made during their experience and prevent these issues from happening in your case. You can also choose dental hospitals that use sedatives to keep the patient relaxed during the dental procedure. Delaying dental treatment can have some negative consequences so you should find ways to overcome your anxiety. The ideas discussed here should help you go through this phase.

by Scottsdale Dental Offices


Questions to Ask Your Dentist
8/21/19

 Dentists and physicians in general often ask you if you have any questions at the beginning and/or end of each visit. Because you are not a dentist or a physician yourself, knowing what questions to ask can be difficult. There are several questions that are essentials, however, and they pertain to the dentist’s specialties as well as your own medical diagnosis.

 Without further ado, here are a few questions you should ask your dentist.

1. Ask for specifics

Dentists may make lofty claims about their statuses as, well, dentists. They may claim certain specialties, awards or accolades. Consider asking about these claims. Who gave you that award? What did you have to do to earn it? What does this specialty mean? How did you come to claim that you have such a specialty? What does that specialty mean for me? You may learn some valuable things about dentistry, or you may learn that your dentist is completely full of it. Give it a try.

2. Are you trying to sell me something?

Always be suspicious if a dentist pushes a particular product on you. Don’t be afraid to ask if your dentist is trying to sell you something for a reason. He or she may have a stake in that product, or potentially a deal with someone selling the product. Or, he or she might just really like that product. The only way to know is to ask.

3. Ask about your health

Don’t just leave the dentist without all the information. If he or she rattles off a bunch of words that you don’t understand, be sure to ask what this actually means. What do the words mean? What does the diagnosis mean to you? What are the steps toward correcting it? How will they affect your life? What can you do differently to correct these symptoms in the future? Find out the specifics and then take the necessary measures. You will pay handsomely for dental care; it’s best to use it.

4. Can I get a discount?

Speaking of payment, it never hurts to ask for a discount. You never know what the dentist or staff person will say. Maybe they can cut you a deal. Maybe they will give you a discount for paying in cash instead of using insurance. Maybe there’s the possibility of a payment plan. Again, you won’t know until you ask, and while paying for your care is important, your own finances are too. It never hurts to ask.

by Scottsdale Dental Offices

 

 

A common theme here is that it never hurts to ask. You won’t lose anything by asking about your care. Be sure to ask questions, and you may be surprised by the answers. You might learn more, and you might even pay less for your care. The only way to know is to pose these questions.


How to whiten your teeth fast and naturally

8/9/2019

What is it about a smile? Making a good first impression is important everywhere you go, and it is easy to do this with a beautiful smile on your lips. It is so easy to smile yet the effects are fascinating. However, some people do not feel comfortable smiling in public because of the poor condition of their teeth.

At some point in life, many people experience some dental problems. Either overgrowth, cracked or unevenly spaced dentition or discoloration of the teeth. These dental issues can make you feel less confident in your smile.

Some of the reasons we experience dental discoloration include:

Unhealthy habits

Habits such as smoking or failing to brush or floss regularly can cause dental discoloration. In this case, the beautiful white pearls will darken and become quite unlike they used to look.

Old Age

As we grow older, our bodies become less capable of performing functions such as providing sufficient nutrients that can sustain dental health. Old age can also lead to discoloration and loss of teeth.

Excessive consumption of strong beverages

Alcohol, coffee, and tea can cause damage to the dentition if they are excessively consumed.

While these issues may occur, there are many natural and effective remedies that can be used to whiten your teeth.

You can regain the beautiful glow in your smile in the following ways:

Rinsing your teeth with Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a mild solvent that has properties which enable it to dissolve and remove stains on your teeth. Regularly rinsing your teeth with hydrogen peroxide will eliminate stains. However, care should be taken to dilute hydrogen peroxide before it is used as a mouthwash. In high concentrations, hydrogen peroxide can damage your teeth.

Citrus fruits

The acidic content of the peels extracted from citrus fruits can whiten your teeth. Simply rub the insides of these peels on your teeth to restore the beautiful white glow of your teeth. It should, however, be noted that the citric acid may be too corrosive to the enamel of some people. If you notice any adverse reactions or increased sensitivity, you should discontinue use. However, the ease at which we can get citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons makes this method one of the commonly used natural processes to whiten teeth.

Eating Strawberries can whiten your teeth

Strawberries are known to contain some natural compounds that can help to remove stains from the teeth. People who eat strawberries often usually have beautiful white teeth. So go ahead, have a handful of berries next time you see them.

Apple cider vinegar (ACV)

ACV is another naturally sourced product that can remarkably eliminate stains from your teeth. It is also perfect for brightening darkened teeth. ACV can be used in small quantities as a regular mouthwash. However, it should be diluted with water, or if your teeth have been badly discolored, you can use ACV without dilution but rinse your teeth for only a few minutes.

Regular Brushing and Flossing

One of the causes of dental issues is poor oral hygiene. It is advised that you should brush and floss after meals to prevent food particles from rotting and damaging your teeth.

If the damage has already been done, your teeth can become white again by regular brushing and flossing after meals. Use toothpaste recommended by a dentist, and the results will be amazing.

 

The natural methods that have been described above to help you whiten your teeth are easy to perform, and they are very effective. If you experience any discomfort after trying one method, try another. It should also be noted that once your white teeth have been restored, you should stop the method. There is no need to worry, by brushing twice a day (in the morning and at night before you go to bed) and flossing; you can maintain your new set of white teeth.

by Scottsdale Dental Offices