Our team at Primary Dental Clinic wants to help you take care of your mouth. In our office, you receive excellent and efficient dental care, but it is also important that you know how to take care of your mouth at home and about the various procedures you may receive. Being knowledgeable about your oral health can keep your smile healthy and your mind calm during your treatments, particularly during root canal and cosmetic procedures. We invite you to read through our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about our services and what you can expect when you visit with Dr. Mark Hughen. If you have any additional questions, or to schedule your appointment with our dentist in Midland, Texas, please contact us today at 432-570-7080.
What is endodontic treatment?
“Endodontic” refers to the inside portion of your tooth, such as the nerves and tooth pulp. Perhaps the most common endodontic treatment is the root canal. This treatment is performed when the inner pulp of the tooth becomes infected and needs to be removed in order to preserve the rest of your tooth.
What are the signs of needing a root canal, and will the procedure be painful?
Typically, signs of an infected inner tooth are prolonged and extreme sensitivity to temperatures, tenderness, pain, or swelling. If you experience any of these, it is important to visit your dentist for a diagnosis. In the past, root canals have gotten a bad reputation for being extremely painful procedures. However, toady’s modern technology makes root canals nearly painless and highly successful.
How much pain and I expect after a root canal?
The purpose of a root canal is to remove tooth pain by removing the infected inner parts of the tooth. Because nerves are also removed, you should feel much better after a root canal. You may experience some discomfort for a few days following the procedure, but after a short time and by taking over-the-counter medication, you can relieve all pain. Please consult with your dentist if you have any questions or concerns.
What can I do if I feel self-conscious about my smile?
Cosmetic dentistry is a great solution for those looking to achieve a more beautiful smile. Common cosmetic procedures include teeth whitening, veneers, and bonding. Contact your dentist today to see what treatment options best fit your smile goals.
Will my dental insurance pay for cosmetic dentistry procedures?
Every insurance carrier has different plans and benefits. If you would like to verify whether your insurance covers a cosmetic procedure, our team will work with your insurance plan to ensure that you get the most out of your benefits.
Will my new smile last forever?
Although you may have a new smile, it will still require regular checkups and cleanings to maintain its optimal perfection. Like most things, your smile will last longer with good care. Be sure to continue daily brushing and flossing habits, along with regular dentist visits, to keep your smile beautiful.