Getting Past Your Dental Fears And Learning About Technology

Several years ago I decided to take a trip to the dentist after skipping multiple appointments for over 15 years. I truly had a dental anxiety and had a hard time getting over my fears. Thankfully, my dental visit went smoothly with only four cavities identified. What I did find from this dental visit was that there was a great deal of new information and technology that I had been missing out on. Laser-based technology and digital imaging are just a few examples. With this blog, I want you to understand that you can get over your fears and learn about this new technology like I did, so enjoy the information.

Getting Ready To Undergo A Root Canal Procedure

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A root canal can be one of the more stressful dental treatments to require. However, it can be an essential treatment when a tooth develops an infection.

Treat The Root Canal As An Urgent Need

Patients will often procrastinate when it comes to undergoing routine dental treatments. Sadly, this can lead to individuals failing to take prompt action to treat more serious dental problems as well. Failing to promptly have your root canal procedure done is a serious mistake that can lead to the infection, causing secondary complications. Most often, this will be the infection spreading to other teeth or gum tissue. During a root canal procedure, the infected tissue will be removed so that the infection is stopped before it can spread.

Have Ice Packs Ready For When You Get Home

While the pain that a root canal will cause is usually substantially less than a patient will anticipate, it is still common for this procedure to result in swelling in the area of the mouth where the infected tooth was located. One of the most effective ways of combating this type of swelling will be to simply apply an ice pack to it when the swelling starts. Unfortunately, individuals that do not prepare for this ahead of time may find that they do not have enough ice in their homes for the first day after this procedure. By taking a few minutes to prepare several ice packs, you can ensure that you have enough so that you will be able to easily apply ice when you notice swelling starting to occur.

Return As Scheduled To Receive Your Permanent Crown

The final step in the process of undergoing a root canal will be to have a crown placed over the tooth that was being treated. However, the permanent crown may not be ready on the day that you undergo this procedure. In this event, the dentist will use a temporary crown to protect the treated tooth until the permanent one is ready. It will be necessary to return a few days after the procedure in order for the permanent crown to be securely applied to the tooth. Unfortunately, individuals may greatly overestimate the durability of their temporary crown, which can lead to them missing this appointment. While these temporary crowns can provide limited protection to the tooth, it may still be vulnerable to damage until the thicker permanent crown is placed over it.


11 November 2019