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12
Feb

The initial consultation.

We look forward to meeting with you for your initial consultation. While you’re here we’ll take the time to discuss any concerns, problems, dental goals and expectations. This ensures you fully understand the options available to you and make the best decision for yourself.

Please call us on 9758 5611 and we can arrange a time convenient for you to see one of our dentists. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. We want to make the transition into our practice as smooth as possible.

11
Sep

Feel comfortable and relaxed during your dental visit.

So, you’ve got your next dentist appointment coming up at Mountain Gate Dental, and you’re nervous about it. Or maybe you’re more than nervous, perhaps even scare. Or, you don’t have one coming up at all—because of your fear, you’ve put it off. Fear of the dentist is not uncommon. However, it’s not helping you stay healthy. Learning how to not be afraid of the dentist might be tough for you, but it’s something you and your dentist can accomplish together. Your mouth will thank you!

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How to Not Be Afraid of the Dentist

Getting over your fear of the dentist is all about communication and understanding.

First, know that your fear is not unnatural and that you’re not the only one afraid! Someone hovering over you with unfamiliar tools and instruments taken in and out of your mouth—all while you can’t talk—is not the most comfortable situation for anyone!

But you should also understand that fear of the dentist can negatively affect your health. If you’re avoiding your twice-a-year dental appointments, you’re placing yourself at risk for a number of oral health problems—cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, and many others. Plus, these conditions often lead to problems beyond your mouth, so it is very important to attend your appointments.

So let’s work on overcoming that fear. The absolute best thing you can do to ease your anxiety is to be open about this with your Mountain Gate Dental Practitioner. Dental professionals get into dentistry because they love helping people, so they will want to help ease your fear! Here are a couple things you and your dentist can work on . . .

  • Ask your dentist to explain the instruments and their purpose before using them. Dental tools aren’t nearly as frightening when you understand exactly what they do and why they’re necessary!
  • Similarly, ask that your dentist explain the steps of the procedures to you before he or she performs them. It’s unsettling to not be aware of what’s going on, so this should ease you.
  • With your dentist, work out a stopping signal. Many people feel they are not in control at their dental visit because they can’t comfortably talk, causing a lot of anxiety. A stopping signal—such as raising your left hand, giving a thumbs-down gesture, etc.—allows you to have input in a procedure without moving your mouth and risking discomfort or pain.
20
Oct

If you need a root canal treatment it is a comfortable procedure.

While you’re suffering from a tooth in need of a root canal, root canals are suffering from an unjustifiably horrible reputation. Just hearing the words root canal sends a shiver down some people’s spines. But why? What have root canals done to deserve such infamy? Both the procedure and the recovery involved are temporary and completely tolerable. Although they aren’t pain-free, they certainly shouldn’t be dreaded or denounced. If you’re wondering what to expect after a root canal, scroll down for the honest, unembellished truth.

What to Expect After a Root Canal

Most people agree that having root canal therapy is no more painful than getting a filling. After the simple procedure, you will experience some or all of the following:

NUMBNESS

The anesthetic that makes root canal therapy more comfortable will not fade right away. For a few hours following the procedure, your mouth and lips will remain numb. This may be frustrating, but it will pass. Be patient.

TENDERNESS, PAIN, & SENSITIVITY

Nearly all patients experience tenderness in the treated area in the days following root canal therapy. Sensitivity is common as well due to tissue inflammation, and don’t be surprised if you have some throbbing pain. The tenderness and pain should fade within a day or two, but if you like, you can take over-the-counter medications like aspirin or ibuprofen to lessen your discomfort.

NATURAL AESTHETICS

Because root canal treatments are finished with a filling or crown, no one will know that you’ve had a root canal. Your crown or filling will mimic the appearance of your healthy, natural teeth in color, shape, and texture.

IMPROVED HEALTH

Now that the infected or damaged pulp has been removed, your tooth’s condition should improve dramatically. After the initial side effects fade, your tooth should feel pain-free and healthy.

GUIDELINES FROM YOUR DENTIST

In addition to the side effects and benefits listed above, you should also expect to receive a list of instructions from your dentist regarding your post-treatment care. Common guidelines include the following:

  • Try not to eat until the numbness fades.
  • Until the treated tooth has been restored with a filling/crown, do not chew or bite with it.
  • If your temporary filling or crown comes out between appointments, call your dentist.
  • Contact your dentist if you experience visible swelling or an allergic reaction.
  • If your bite feels uneven, contact your dentist to have it corrected.
  • Brush and floss as usual.

Nearly all root canal procedures are successful (an estimated 95%), but if you notice your pre-treatment symptoms returning, contact your dentist to ensure that the tooth has been fully and successfully repaired. In some unfortunate (but rare) cases, due to infection, a second procedure will be necessary to save the tooth.

If hearing about root canals makes you shudder, we hope that learning about the mild and temporary aftereffects has reduced your anxiety. Although root canals have a bad reputation, in fact, they are a wonderful solution to a very painful infection.