3 Problems Which May Require A Root Canal

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This post from Harris Dental in Phoenix is about root canal therapy. Root canals are often feared, but they shouldn’t be, because they allow you to keep a tooth that would otherwise have to be extracted.

As the saying goes, knowledge is power. It can help when you understand what is happening during what can be an anxiety-inducing, though routine, procedure.

At the center of each tooth is tissue called the pulp. The tissue can be compromised by any of the following:

  1. An injury to the tooth
  2. A very deep cavity
  3. A crack in the tooth

If this tissue becomes damaged or infected, it can build up at the root tip inside the jawbone and form an abscess. Left untreated, it can actually destroy the bone around the tooth and cause serious discomfort

When we perform a root canal, the dead or diseased pulp is taken out first. The space that is left is cleaned and then shaped and filled. This eliminates the need for the tooth to be pulled.

Root canals have a bad reputation, but remember, they don’t cause pain, they relieve it.

Root canals are among our services at Harris Dental in Phoenix. Patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa also come to our practice for complete general dentistry. Call 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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Dental Confidence Or Caution

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Whether you are one of those who goes willingly to the dentist or are hesitant about getting work done, the team at Harris Dental in Phoenix wants you to make and keep regular appointments for cleanings and checkups.

Regular dental appointments are important because they help keep your teeth and gums healthy. For most patients, we recommend a visit to our office every six months. We occasionally need to see a patient more often.

Appointments, Parts 1 & 2

There are two parts to a typical dental appointment: a cleaning and a checkup.

During a cleaning, one of our dental hygienists inspects your teeth and gums, and uses special tools to remove any plaque and tartar that have built up. It also includes polishing your teeth, which removes any surface stains. The last step is flossing.

During a checkup, the dentist checks your overall dental health. If there are any issues, like a cavity or signs of gum disease, we’ll usually schedule a follow-up appointment. It will be planned for your convenience, of course, but sooner is better.

What you do between your six-month visits is really important. Plaque is contantly forming on the teeth, so we recommend – and we cannot say it strongly enough! – that you brush and floss your teeth every day. Ideally, you’ll do it twice.

You have a lot of toothpaste choices. The flavor is up to you, but be sure to choose one with fluoride.

By seeing Harris Dental in Phoenix twice a year and maintaining a good dental health regimen at home, you can have confidence that your teeth and gums are in great shape. Patients from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa from to us for general dentistry, specialties like dental implants, and much more. If you haven’t already, schedule your next 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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Cosmetic Dentistry vs. General Dentistry

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This post from Harris Dental in Phoenix highlights the differences between general and cosmetic dentistry.

General dentistry is about preventing and treating oral diseases such as cavities and gum disease. When a problem is diagnosed, like a cavity, a general dentist determines the best way to address it.

Cosmetic dentistry is a term for elective dental procedures that make a smile more attractive. This includes things like teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.

Sometimes there is overlap, and sometimes the terminology gets a different spin from one practice to the next. For example, one dentist might call a dental implant cosmetic, while another will call it general or restorative. It’s the same procedure, of course, and used for the same reasons.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we are a full-service practice meeting the needs of all our patients. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, of course. Patients from all over Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa count on our expert dental care, and love that our office is a lecture-free zone. Call our office to schedule your next cleaning and 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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Attack Of The Gummi Bear

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At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we never like to be the bearers of bad news, but we are devoted to our patients’ oral health. In this blog post, we offer an essential warning about a lesser-known danger of sticky candy.

Most people know that sugar is not your teeth’s friend. Eating candy creates the perfect environment for detrimental cavity-causing bacteria to thrive in your mouth.

Did you know that the physical toll of chewing on sticky candy can lead to (or aggravate) a jaw condition called Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)? The jaw is a delicate joint and sticky candy increases stress and the possibility of taking it out of alignment.

Worried about giving up the sweet stuff? Remember that when you stop eating highly-sweet things, your taste buds adjust and you will enjoy foods with more subtle flavors, such as fruits. So don’t give up! Your taste buds will change and your teeth and jaw will thank you!

TMJ/TMD issues can usually be treated with non-invasive methods including relaxation techniques, diet and lifestyle modifications, or orthodontic treatment. Please call us at Harris Dental in Phoenix to find out more. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa also come to our practice for complete cosmetic dentistry services. Call 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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Harris Dental: Calming Root Canal Fears

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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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