Month: December 2015

Is Root Canal Therapy Scary and Painful?

The short answer is no because patient would be given anesthetics and the tooth would be numb.  However, there are a number of factors influences the comfort level of the treatment.

It is true that the patient would be given anesthetics but sometimes when the patient has a severely infected tooth, the area might be more difficult to become anesthetized because the bacteria and pus would decrease the effectiveness of the anesthetics and the doctor would have to administer an extra dose of anesthetics to achieve the therapeutic effect.  And also patient’s anxiety level can also affect how the tooth responds to anesthetics.

Patient might sometimes experience some post-treatment soreness after the root canal therapy is given.  This can be part of the normal recovery process because the infected area needs time to clear up the toxin and pus caused by the bacteria.  Often dentist would prescribe antibiotics to help decrease the post-operative inflammation and pain medication to manage pain.

 

Written by Daniel Tee, DDS, MS

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What is Teeth Cleaning?

This seems like a simple question but if you ask most people whether they know what the dentists are doing during teeth cleaning procedure, they probably may not know the answer.  So let me explain in details what exactly goes on in the professional teeth cleaning procedure.

As we chew on variety of food with our teeth every day, we accumulate plaque and stains.  Plaque are food debris left over on our teeth and around the gum.  Stains are discoloration caused by solubles like soy sauce, coffees and wine.  Unless we brush immediately and thoroughly after each meal, there will be some leftover plaque and stains.  These plaque can slowly be turned into calcified plaque or in professional terms “calculus.”  These calculus contains millions of bacteria which can cause dental infections and tooth decay.  And these calculus cannot be removed by toothbrushing.  It requires professional cleaning.

At the dental office, the dentist would use automatic devices called the ultrasonic scaler to remove these calcified plaque.  The tip of the ultrasonic scaler would vibrate at high-frequencies, and when the dentist make this tip in contact with the calcified plaque, they would help dislodge the calcified plaque from the tooth surface.  The ultrasonic scaler is efficient at removing big pieces of calcified plaque.

Then dentist would follow by using the hand scaler.  These hand scaler are small instrument to scrap off small plaque from the tooth.  Next, the dentist may use floss to remove the remaining miniscule plaque from the gum pockets around the tooth.

The final step is to use the prophy paste to “polish” the tooth.  After the hand scaler, the tooth would have some microscopic scratches.  The prophy paste essentially removes biofilm and polish the surface of the tooth to remove these micro scratches.  By making the teeth more smooth, the bacteria and plaque won’t stick on the teeth as easily.

And whether dentist would follow each of the above steps during the cleaning procedure depends on the amount of plaque and dental condition of the patients.  It is recommended that a person see a dentist for checkup and cleaning at least once every six months.

Written by Daniel Tee, DDS, MS

If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment, Please call 480-820-6131

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