Are root canals as painful as I've heard?
Absolutely not. While there might be some discomfort during a root canal, local anesthetic and our dentists’ skill can make your root canal something very easy to tolerate. In fact, the really painful thing is not getting a root canal. That’s because root canals remove infections inside your tooth where the nerve endings are found. If that infection gets to spread, it will develop into a strong toothache and eventually destroy your tooth. Afterward, our team places a dental crown over the tooth to make sure it’s strong and healthy.
I cringe at the thought of the dentist – how can I get over my fear?
We understand that millions of Americans are hesitant to visit the dentist. Some fear the procedures, while others simply do not want to be lectured about the state of their mouth.
To help settle your dental anxiety, our office offers sedation dentistry that can give you comfortable and anxiety-free visits to our office. We provide both nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas, and oral conscious sedation, which is rendered in a pill-form. These types of sedation can treat patients with a mild to severe anxiety, allowing you to have the treatment you need.
We use oral conscious sedation as more than a treatment against anxiety; we also use it to complete full-mouth reconstructions. We’ve found that patients who need substantial dental work often get overwhelmed at the thought of scheduling appointment after appointment. For those patients, we offer oral conscious sedation that allows us to complete their dental care in one visit! With the help of oral conscious sedation, you’ll be completely relaxed and will most likely barely remember anything about the procedure.
Does a bridge serve the same purpose as a dental implant?
No. The sole purpose of a dental bridge is to close the gaps created by missing teeth, whereas a dental implant closes the gap, provides additional chewing support, and preserves your jawbone.
A bridge typically consists of three or more crowns. Placing a bridge requires us to file down the supporting teeth – even if those teeth are healthy and free of decay. A dental implant does not require any preparation from the nearby teeth and can stand alone to fill the gaps in your smile or support your dentures. Unlike a bridge, a dental implant is placed into the bone, which helps preserve the bone and better support the restoration.
The cost between bridges and implants is generally the same however, implants do much more than just bridge the gap caused by missing teeth.
What are dental implants and who benefits from them?
Dental implants are your best option if you would like to replace missing teeth or stabilize your floppy dentures. Our dental implants are made from titanium and integrate with your jawbone, creating an anchor for a permanent restoration or denture.
We can place implants for individual teeth or in the arches of your mouth to support full dentures. Dental implants aesthetically fix gaps in your smile and give you nearly four times the biting force of traditional removable dentures. With implant-supported dentures, you’ll be eating the food you love again and getting the nutrition you need.