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Ignoring a Toothache Isn’t Just Wrong: It Can Be Dead Wrong

July 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — deborahsbishop @ 10:07 pm
Man with toothache

Toothaches result from infections within the teeth and have a reputation for being quite aggravating. On their own, they can be miserably painful, but many people avoid getting help out of fear of going to the dentist. While one might be tempted to say, “My teeth are pretty far from all my vital organs, so ignoring this toothache couldn’t be that bad,” nothing could be further from the truth. What might seem like a simple toothache can progress into a potentially fatal condition. Here’s more about why you should seek emergency dental care for a toothache.


Why Root Canals Don’t Deserve Their Bad Reputation

June 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — deborahsbishop @ 3:22 pm
Woman laughs.

There are several myths and horror stories surrounding root canals that can lead people to needlessly allow problems to get much worse. In fact, a root canal can take the pain out of a miserable toothache in one or two sessions. Read on to learn more about how root canals are routine and perfectly humane dental procedures.


Picking Between a Root Canal and an Extraction

May 27, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — deborahsbishop @ 6:52 am
someone holding their cheek and wincing

When you’re dealing with a really serious oral infection, the number one priority is usually to treat it as quickly as possible. In that situation, you probably care a lot more about how fast you can get treated as opposed to what kind of treatment you get.

However, there is an important choice that you need to make if you’re dealing with a toothache—whether you get a root canal or an extraction. Here are a few more details about this kind of treatment and how to pick which one is right for you.


Common Dental Emergencies For Athletes

May 4, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — deborahsbishop @ 6:48 am
Portrait of a football player

If you’re an athlete, it’s easy to wind up dealing with some serious dental emergencies while trying to play the best game that you can. This is obviously the case in contact sports, but even some non-contact sports like basketball can get rough enough to cause problems from time to time.

For that reason, athletes need to be even more conscientious than others about protecting their teeth. Here are a few dental emergencies you may want to watch out for, along with what you can do about them.


Do Root Canals Cause Cancer?

March 9, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — deborahsbishop @ 7:41 pm
patient learning about whether root canals cause cancer

When dealing with a severely infected tooth, waiting for the infection to heal on its own or relying on antibiotics won’t suffice. A root canal is the only effective treatment. Although the procedure boasts a 95% success rate, misinformation about it is not uncommon, including the belief that it can cause cancer. But is there any truth to this claim? Read on to learn more about how root canal therapy works and whether it poses a cancer risk.


My Toothache is Gone! Do I Still Need a Root Canal?

February 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — deborahsbishop @ 5:34 am
an illustration of a tooth that is infected

If your dentist told you that you need root canal therapy, you may have instantly groaned with dread. However, it’s not quite the bad news it seems to be. While Hollywood has perpetuated the myth that it is painful, only 95% of people experience little to mild discomfort with the procedure. As a matter of fact, root canal therapy is meant to relieve you of your tooth pain, not cause more! But what if your toothache goes away? Read on to learn more about root canal therapy and why you may still need the procedure even if your tooth isn’t causing you discomfort anymore.


How Do I Know If I Need Root Canal Retreatment?

January 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — deborahsbishop @ 7:08 pm

If you’ve had a root canal performed at some point, you probably experienced firsthand that the procedure wasn’t nearly as scary as you expected it to be. Root canals are usually used to save a tooth that would otherwise require extraction, and can be a painless way to treat very uncomfortable infections.

However, you might have noticed recently that you’ve started feeling the same discomfort you had when you first needed that root canal. In that case, you may require what’s called a root canal retreatment. If you want to know a little more about what this is and why you may need it, here’s a guide that can help you.


3 Myths about Root Canals, Busted!

December 3, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — deborahsbishop @ 7:36 pm
patient holding her tooth and looking at her dentist

For one reason or another, root canals have gotten a pretty bad reputation among patients. Some people absolutely dread the procedure, when the reality is that root canals can be a great way to relieve a painful toothache.

If you want to know a little more, here are some of the most common myths about root canal treatments, and why they aren’t what they seem.


3 Reasons You Won’t Regret Getting a Root Canal

November 3, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — deborahsbishop @ 2:03 am
A patient smiling because she’s undergoing root canal therapy

If you have an upcoming root canal, you might be feeling a little nervous—but this procedure is absolutely nothing you need to worry about and something you won’t regret undergoing at all! In fact, root canals are quite useful when it comes to treating compromised teeth and aren’t particularly painful or frightening at all. Here are three reasons from your dentist that should inspire confidence about the treatment.


Is It Expensive to Get a Root Canal?

October 3, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — deborahsbishop @ 11:04 pm
Wallet of money

Have you been told by your dentist that you need a root canal? Fortunately, root canals aren’t painful like they’re portrayed in movies and TV shows. Root canals actually relieve the discomfort that you’ve been experiencing. However, many patients are worried about the cost of their treatment. There are numerous factors that contribute to the cost of root canal therapy. Continue reading to learn what they are so you know what you can expect.

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