Do You Really Need a Root Canal?

When people hear the words, “root canal,” the scenario that often comes to mind is that of a painful dental procedure that costs too much money. But those popularly held misconceptions are just that: misconceptions. In fact, the only pain you should be thinking about when your dentist recommends a root canal is the pain that is, or will be, caused by the infection in your tooth.

Your root canal will involve the use of a local anesthetic that numbs the area around the tooth, and the tooth itself. Dentists can even offer a calming medicine, like nitrous oxide, to ensure the experience is as painless as possible. You don’t need to buy into the stereotype that a root canal has to be an extremely painful experience.

A root canal is an excellent solution for those who want to save their teeth. More good news is that you should not assume the affected tooth will have to be extracted in the future. The vast majority of root canal treatments are terrific successes that are pain-free.

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How to tell if your dentist is independent or part of a chain

How to tell if your dentist

More and more these days, the dental office you go to may not be independently owned. While that’s not an issue for some, others have expressed concerns that a dentist employed by a corporate chain might be subject to management’s decisions for pricing and procedures.

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Our Top 8 Dental Care Tips

By now, you surely know that’s it’s important to brush at least twice each day and floss once a day. But you may not hear as much about the following important dental care tips:

1. Limit your consumption of acidic foods and drinks

Acidic foods and drinks can cause tooth enamel to wear away, causing your teeth to become more sensitive and look more yellow. It’s best to reduce or eliminate carbonated drinks altogether, since they all contain acid. If you do drink soda, or other acidic drinks such as juices, use a straw. Consume acidic foods like fruit and pickles with meals whenever possible instead of snacking on them throughout the day. It also helps to rinse your mouth with water after consuming acidic foods or drinks.

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