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Do You Need an Endodontist or a Hospital? What to Do About Tooth Pain

March 21, 2020

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Woman in yellow shirt at home with tooth pain

One morning you wake up and immediately notice unbearable pain in one of your teeth. Flossing and rinsing doesn’t seem to help, and looking in the mirror you’ve noticed that your gums have become swollen. All the signs are pointing to an infection that could put your smile and your overall health in danger. Your first instinct might be to call an emergency room; after all, that’s what you’re supposed to do if you have any kind of severe discomfort. But is that really the case for tooth pain? Read on to learn why you might need to call an endodontist instead of a hospital when it comes to certain emergencies.


How Will I Know If I Need a Root Canal?

February 18, 2020

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Abscessed gums and infected teeth in need of root canal

You only have one set of permanent teeth that are meant to last the rest of your life. So if you have any reason to think a tooth is in danger, you should act quickly to seek treatment such as root canal therapy; otherwise, you could end up with a gap in your smile that throws off the balance of your bite and makes chewing a needlessly difficult task. Why would you need a root canal? How will you know the procedure is necessary? And who should you trust to perform it? Read on to learn the answers to these questions so that you’re well-prepared when an emergency strikes.


If You’re Not in Pain, Why do You Need a Root Canal?

January 14, 2020

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person with their hands raised

Getting the news that you need a root canal can be scary and make you feel nervous. Even though you’re not experiencing any pain, your endodontist has said you need the treatment in order to save your natural tooth. Why’s that? There are several different reasons why you could need a root canal. Read on to learn three reasons why this treatment may be necessary even though your tooth isn’t bothering you.


4 Reasons to Have a Root Canal Done by an Endodontist Instead of a Dentist

December 17, 2019

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Smiling patient

When your tooth is in danger because of an infection, root canal therapy is often the only way to save it before it needs to be removed altogether. Naturally, for such a vital procedure, you’ll want to make sure that you’re only receiving the best kind of care – and that means seeing an endodontist instead of a general dentist. Not sure what the difference is? Read on to learn about the 4 advantages of having an endodontist treat an infected tooth.


Your Dental Insurance: The Time to Use It Is Now!

November 17, 2019

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Family smiling

Each year, $152 billion in dental insurance benefits are wasted. These are hard-earned dental dollars that people are paying for dental insurance. The worst part is that they don’t even know what they’re missing out on! Dental insurance can be confusing, but if you know how to use it, you can save yourself hundreds while keeping your smile as healthy as possible. Read on to learn how you can save money by taking advantage of your plan while it’s still 2019.


How Can You Care for a Fractured Tooth at Home?

October 11, 2019

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man with mouth pain

You’re treating yourself to some nice crunchy chips after a long day of work. You’re thoroughly enjoying yourself when suddenly, something feels a whole lot crunchier than it should. Curious, you spit out your chips into your hand and notice that part of your tooth has broken off! What should you do? Can you treat a fractured tooth at home? Read more to find out.  


Scared of Root Canals? Try GentleWave, an Alternative to Traditional Root Canal Treatment

September 26, 2019

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tooth anatomy on blue background

When most of us hear the words “root canal,” we think of a very painful and scary procedure. Thanks to modern medicine, though, root canals are no more uncomfortable than getting a simple filling. This is especially true if you receive treatment through GentleWave rather than traditional root canal therapy. Let’s take a closer look at GentleWave and how it’s a great alternative to standard root canal procedure.


Can You Leave a Fractured Tooth Untreated?

July 24, 2019

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person talking to a dentist about a toothache

At your club basketball game, you tripped while running and before you knew it, you were falling towards the floor face-first. When you got up, you felt lucky that you didn’t knock out or chip your tooth. A small fracture doesn’t seem like anything that needs to be immediately addressed, so you decided it’s best to ignore it. It can be easy putting a visit with your dentist on the back burner when you’re not feeling any pain, but that doesn’t always mean that nothing’s wrong. Read on to learn how to handle a fractured tooth and what could go wrong when it’s left untreated.


Learn What You Should Avoid After Having an Apicoectomy Procedure

June 2, 2019

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a young woman at the dentist

When a root canal fails, it can be a devastating realization. Not only have you completed what you thought would be a beneficial and effective procedure, but now you’re facing the possibility of losing your tooth. Thankfully, a procedure known as an apicoectomy saves your tooth, keeping you from having to deal with the process of tooth extraction. But what about the recovery process? What should you know about this invasive procedure and any red flags that could appear? Let us explain some of the steps you should take during recovery to ensure it is successful.


How to Eliminate Your Reappearing Tooth Pain in Huntsville

May 14, 2019

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Inside of a tooth

Is a severe toothache negatively affecting your daily quality of life? Does it seem like the same tooth that gave you serious problems last time? Even if you have undergone past endodontic treatment such as a root canal, infection or decay can sometimes reappear in the same tooth later down the line. Trying to fight through tooth pain in Huntsville is not worth the discomfort or future problems that could develop. Instead, talk to an endodontist about how an apicoectomy can eliminate your dental pain once and for all.

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