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What’s Normal – And What’s Not – After Getting a Root Canal

June 21, 2022

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woman with toothache touching cheek

A root canal is a procedure that your dentist may recommend if you have a tooth that is too damaged to fix with a simple filling or crown. Believe it or not, if you need a root canal, that is actually good news because it means your natural tooth can still be saved.

Root canals are routine procedures that are performed inside your dentist’s office. The recovery period should not take more than a few days – but you may experience side effects that are common with any oral procedure during that time. Keep reading to learn more about what is normal following a root canal and what may be cause for concern. 


Dentist VS Endodontist: Which is Best?

May 6, 2022

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Infected tooth needing a root canalIf you are like most adults, you likely visit a general dentist for routine services, like cleanings and checkups. They have the experience and qualifications to prevent, diagnose, and treat a variety of issues to preserve your natural smile. Although they are skilled in their profession, some cases can exceed their qualifications. Instead, you might be referred to an endodontist to have your tooth rehabilitated. While they may offer many of the same services, there are significant differences between a dentist and an endodontist. 


5 Reasons Root Canals Aren’t Scary

April 20, 2022

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Frightened manIf you need a root canal, don’t panic! You’ve likely heard a few rumors and horror stories about the procedure, but you don’t have anything to fear. New technologies and techniques have improved the procedure significantly, but are root canals painful? No. Thanks to the latest advancements in dentistry, root canals are virtually pain-free. Here are 5 ways your endodontist will keep you comfortable.


Root Canal vs. Extraction – Which Is Right for You?

March 4, 2022

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Woman with toothache

Do you have a tooth that’s been causing you a lot of trouble? When you end up with a nagging toothache, it’s important that you see your dentist as soon as you can to get to the bottom of the issue before it gets worse. However, you may be hesitant about what type of treatment you want to commit to. An extraction may sound easier, but you don’t want to show off a smile with gaps in it either. Continue reading to learn more about root canal therapy and extractions so you can make an informed decision.


Think Root Canals Are Painful? Think Again

February 11, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — deborahsbishop @ 11:04 pm
man grimacing with toothache against orange background

Perhaps the most common thing your dentist hears – after basic questions like how often to brush and floss – is “Are root canals painful?” If you are asking yourself the same question in anticipation of an upcoming appointment, then you’ll be happy to read that, while root canals have a bad reputation, the truth is you shouldn’t feel a thing. Keep reading to learn more about root canals, including how your dentist keeps you comfortable during this common procedure.


Everything You Need to Know About Having an Apicoectomy

January 12, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — deborahsbishop @ 9:25 pm
person speaking with dentist about what to avoid after apicoectomy

A root canal is a treatment performed when a tooth is severely infected. During this procedure, your endodontist will remove the infected tooth pulp and nerves, clean it out, and then fill it and seal it. Though root canals have more than a 95% success rate and failures are rare, they can still happen. The realization that the treatment was unsuccessful can be hard to deal with since you now have to face the possibility of losing the treated tooth. Luckily, a procedure called an apicoectomy can help. Read on to learn what an apicoectomy is, how it can help, and what to expect during the recovery process.


How to Avoid a Root Canal by Using Your Dental Insurance Coverage

December 28, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — deborahsbishop @ 7:09 pm
smiling man giving thumbs up in dental chair

If you’re like most people, you cringe just hearing the words “root canal.” In fact, about 57% of people are more afraid of getting a root canal than they are of speaking in public! While modern technology has made this procedure incredibly comfortable and safe, most dental professionals would recommend trying to avoid the need for a root canal in the first place. After all, why spend money on a dental treatment when you could simply prevent it? Read on to learn some easy ways to avoid a root canal while also saving money!  


Why You Should Schedule Your Root Canal Before the New Year

November 11, 2021

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Woman smiling after completing root canal treatment

If you’ve been told you need to have a root canal performed to restore your tooth, you may have found yourself finding reasons to put it off. Whether it’s due to cost or because you have concerns about the treatment itself, you should know that you could actually be saving on your oral healthcare costs if you get it done before the start of the new year. Furthermore, you could be putting your oral health at risk if you continue putting off the care you need.


Why Getting a Root Canal is a Good Thing

September 24, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — deborahsbishop @ 12:57 pm
Man smiling after root canal therapy

Root canal” is a phrase that has a lot of negativity associated with it. A 2019 survey by the American Association of Endodontists showed that more people are afraid of root canals than they are of speaking in public, spiders, or being trapped in an elevator. But the truth is that while nobody likes being told that they need a root canal, it is much, much better than the alternatives. Below are 4 why having root canal therapy done when you’re told that you need it is a good thing.


Tips for Getting Adequate Sleep at Night with a Toothache

August 5, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — deborahsbishop @ 4:52 pm
woman experiencing a toothache in Huntsville

There is nothing fun about having a toothache. The throbbing sensation that it creates quickly lets you know there is a problem that needs to be addressed. What are you to do, though, if a toothache in Huntsville strikes outside of your local dentist’s normal operating hours? Continue reading to find out how to ease the pain and get a good night’s rest.

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