Harris Dental: Calming Root Canal Fears

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Arizona Dentist Calms Root Canal Fears

Hearing that you need a root canal is never welcome news. That’s probably because root canals are associated with pain. At Harris Dental in Phoenix, you can rest assured: root canal therapy is all but painless, and the benefits far outweigh any drawbacks.

Nowadays most patients report that root canals aren’t all that different than having a cavity filled. They are, in fact, a fairly common procedure.

Why We Do Root Canals

Root canals become necessary when the nerve below a tooth becomes infected. The infection can be quite painful, which leads to another point about root canals: they don’t cause pain, they relieve it.

The procedure is done to remove the diseased pulp from within the tooth. If it isn’t removed, the infection can get worse and lead to other issues, including systemic problems and diseases in other parts of the body. Done properly, a root canal preserves the natural tooth.

After treatment, you may experience a little discomfort. The usual remedy is an over-the-counter pain reliever. Most patients are getting back to normal within a day or so.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, a root canal is nothing to fear. We’ve treated people from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa, who also trust our restorative dentistry. Call us to schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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Been A While Since You’ve Visited A Dentist?

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At Harris Dental in Phoenix we are committed to the highest standards of dental care, and to the experience our patients have in our office. If it’s been a while since you’ve had a checkup, we invite you to give us a call to schedule one.

Communication is one of our biggest priorities. It’s important to us that you know exactly what is going on in each appointment. Dentistry is a highly specialized field, and we may occasionally lapse into jargon that might not make sense. We try to avoid that, but never hestitate to ask us to clarify one point or another.

We may be dental professionals, but we get checkups, too. We know what it’s like to sit in the dentist’s chair. Empathy is an irreplaceable asset.

In all likelihood, you have scheduled your appointment with us months ahead of time. We respect your time, and try to minimize how long you’re in the waiting room. But sometimes procedures take longer than expected, or an emergency appears. If there is any kind of delay we will do our best to mitigate its impact on you.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix every patient is important. Find out why people from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa trust their dental health to us. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call us to schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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Dental Specialties Available In Phoenix

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Dental Specialties Available In Phoenix

At Harris Dental in Phoenix we are trained in a wide variety of dental procedures. But sometimes we’ll refer you to a specialist, or include a specialist as part of your treatment team.

The following are some of the most common dental specialties:

Endodontists
Endodontists specialize in root canal therapy and other procedures involving the root and surrounding parts of the tooth.

Periodontists
Periodontists practicing treat conditions affecting gum tissue and the bone surrounding the teeth. If you have gingivitis or more advanced periodontal disease, you may be referred to a periodontist.

Prosthodontists
Repairing damaged teeth and replacing lost teeth is called ‘restorative dentistry’. Prosthodontists have advanced training in procedures involving crowns, dental implants, bridges, veneers, inlays, and partial or complete dentures.

Pediatric Dentists
Infants, young children and teenagers have different dental needs than adults. Pediatric dentists undergo additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of dental diseases affecting the youngest population.

Oral Surgeons
Oral surgeons perform procedures involving the teeth, mouth and jaw. These include dental implants, surgery to repair damage due to injury, tumor surgery, and cleft lip and palate reconstruction.

With our general dentistry Harris Dental in Phoenix is able to care for most of your dental needs, but can give a referral if necessary. Patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa also come to us for complete restorative dentistry, and much more. Schedule your next checkup with us today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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Be Glad We Have X-Ray Vision

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During a dental checkup at Harris Dental in Phoenix we do a thorough inspection of your teeth and gums. But visual inspections can’t tell us everything we need to know, which is why we take x-rays.

For most patients, we update our x-rays once a year. They help us to make accurate diagnoses by showing what cannot be seen by the eye alone. Also known as radiographs, the images give us the total picture: not just inside your teeth, but the tip of the roots and the bone under the gums. Thanks to x-rays, we are able to identify and treat dental issues before they become more serious.

There are several types of x-rays:

  • Bite-Wing x-rays give us a picture of the upper and lower back teeth. We can see how they touch each other and see if there is any decay.
  • Panoramic x-rays give us the big picture: a view of the teeth, jaws and jaw joints, nasal area, and even the sinuses. These are especially useful if we think the patient may need orthodontics or a dental implant.
  • Occlusal x-rays show us the floor of the mouth, and the bite of the upper or lower jaw. They’re good for showing the development of children’s teeth, both the baby and permanent teeth.

X-rays use radiation, but are designed to minimize patient exposure. Patients only get negligible amounts, making them safe. The latest generations of x-rays reduce radiation even more. Still, we take the added safety measure of covering the patient with a heavy leaded apron and collar.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we are committed to providing our patients with the best possible dental care. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to our practice for general and restorative dentistry, and a whole lot more. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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What’s The Difference Between An Inlay And An Onlay?

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This post from Harris Dental in Phoenix describes the difference between two common restorations, the inlay and the onlay.

If you have tooth sensitivity or pain when you chew, the surfaces of your molars may be damaged. One option for restoration is the use of an inlay or onlay.

Inlays are very strong and shaped to precisely fit a hole in a damaged tooth. The choice of an inlay or onlay depends on how much decay and tooth loss has taken place.

An inlay resembles a filling and fills a small part of the tooth, while an onlay covers one or more of the cusps on the top of the tooth. Both are made of metal, composite resin, or porcelain.

Inlays and onlays safeguard the tooth from further damage, provide natural function, and are durable and inconspicuous.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix we provide complete restorative dentistry. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa also come to our office to improve their smiles with cosmetic dentistry. Call us to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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