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Edmond Dentist: Root Canals

Edmond Dentist: What is a Root Canal

If you have a tooth that has been severely damaged, decayed, or has a serious infection your Edmond Dentist will perhaps recommend a root canal. When a dentist performs a root canal it’s to save the rest of the tooth from the decay or damage that’ s made its way into the interior of the tooth.

What can you expect from a Root Canal?

Inside the tooth is a soft pulp made out of nerves and blood vessels, these nourish the tooth and keep it healthy. If the pulp is exposed it can be opened up to infection, the main ways this happens is via a deep cavity, a cracked or fractured tooth, or trauma to the tooth. If these conditions are left untreated the tooth can become infected, which can be incredibly painful. In some cases, an abscess can form inside the tooth or bone around the root. The infection could also cause a patient to lose the tooth entirely

What happens during the procedure?

During the procedure, your Edmond Dentist will:

  1. Create the opening in the tooth to remove the root through.
  2. Extract the tooth’s nerve tissue.(The inside of the tooth may also be treated with a germ-killing medicine)
  3. Clean the inside of each tooth and the canal they’ve made.
  4. Fill and seal the root canal to prevent future infection.
  5. Place a crown or filling to be a definitive restoration.

A root canal treatment can take more than one office visit depending on the difficulty or number of root canal’s that have to be performed. Your Edmond Dentist is able to manufacture crowns on site so that will cut down on the time it would take most dentists to finish the procedure. Many patients worry about pain, but the use of local anesthetic ensures that a patient won’t feel pain during the procedure and once the problem tooth is removed a patient won’t feel the pain of the damaged tooth.

 

Edmond Dentist-Crowns

See The Dentist, Get Crowns In One Visit!

CEREC: A Single Trip To The Dentist

Have you ever needed a crown? Do you remember the entire lengthy process the last time you visited a dentist? A while ago the procedure would have went something like this:

The old ways of the first dentist appointment for a crown:

  • The dentist would start by preparing the tooth or shaping it to be ready to take the crown.
  • You would have to have a mouth full of goo so that the dentist could take the impression(s).
  • A temporary crown would be put on.
  • The dental impressions would be shipped off to the laboratory for the crown to be fabricated.

By the time of completion and scheduling the next appointment, two or more weeks usually passed. That was how things used to be just a handful of years ago. Luckily, the world of dentistry was changed quite a bit when CEREC was introduced a few years ago. This tooth restoration system allows our dentist to provide you with crowns in one visit!

How does this work so efficiently? Let us explain the magic of this machine. Instead of using the horrible impression gel that makes you gag, we approach the process in an entirely different and modern way.

Here’s how your visit may look now:

  • The dentist shapes your tooth to prepare it to take the crown (ok, so this step is the same as the old days).
  • Here’s the cool part! Next, your tooth gets scanned so that your crown can be made on site!
  • The scan is uploaded into the computer which allows us to digitally shape, size and contour the crown for the best fit.

The benefit to the patient is that, in most cases, no temporary crowns have to be made and within a few short hours they can walk out of the dentist’s office with a completely customized crown.

We encourage you to contact us whenever you have an interest or concern about any of our dentistry procedures. Visit us in Edmond, contact us @ 405-340-0411, or enter your comments online, right here.

Understanding Dental Insurance

Now that the end of the year is approaching a lot of you are going through plan after plan your employer has selected for your medical, dental and vision plans. I hope this will help in understanding dental insurance better and will assist in helping you choose the correct plan for you. One of the largest misconceptions about dental insurance is that it works hand in hand with your medical insurance - it does not. Dental insurance is a completely different animal. The way I can best describe it to a patient is to think of it strictly as a discount - no more, no less. Dental coverage is decided by how much your employer pays into the plan, it has nothing to do with what your dentist would recognize as the best possible treatment. It is a contract between your employer and the insurance company and they are deciding what amounts your plan pays and what is covered. You as an employee have every right to let your employer know if your coverage is not adequate for your health needs.

So many of my patients will tend to select the treatment option that is covered by their dental insurance and not what is recommended. I feel I must point out that your health is the most important thing. As many of you know I tend to recommend to my patients what I would to my own mother or father to keep their mouths healthy; it is not my practice to overextend your wallets. Many dental offices, including mine, try to help take all the guess work out of dental insurance. We will call and get full breakdowns from each company to get an overview of what is covered and what is not. We will file all of your claims so you do not have to mess with the paperwork and follow up ultimately saving you a lot of time and money. Dental insurance is just one part of staying healthy. If you ever have any questions on how your insurance works - we will be more than happy to take the time to explain all of the ins and outs. We will help you understand what your insurance will cover and how to plan accordingly. Remember, the least expensive option is not always the best option. This goes for dental, medical or vision. Understand your insurance; it will make your life a lot easier when it comes to deciding what is best for you.

CEREC Before and After

Single Visit Dentistry

Single Visit Dentistry

There is a lot of talk in the media about "Crowns in a day." This term can be a little misleading - it usually takes somewhere in the neighborhood of 2 to 2 hours from start to completion therefore I prefer the phrase "Single Visit Dentistry." I have a jar sitting at the front desk when you first walk into my office full of purple blocks. About 15 times a day I hear patients asking my staff "What in the world are those?" The ladies will give them then rundown, "Those are CEREC crown blocks, Dr. Mike makes crowns for patients in one visit." More often than not, patients are incredibly excited to learn that their teeth can be restored with single visit dentistry using CEREC technology.

My new toy, at least it was new two years ago, has made such a profound change in the way I do dentistry. Not only that, but it really captures the trend of where dentistry is going. Let me explain...our CEREC machine and software allows us the flexibility to create a customized crown for our patients during a single visit. For the patient, in most cases, there are no temporaries to be made/worn, there are not multiple visits - everything is competed in a few short hours. The benefit for me is personally being able to shape the crown while the patient is in the chair to fit - dare I say perfectly.

The software we use for this procedure is revolutionary. Once I have prepared your tooth for the crown, we digitally scan your tooth. Once the scan is uploaded to the computer, we can manipulate the size, shape, and contours of the crown. This allows for a true custom fit every time. From there your crown is milled in office right before your very eyes. We stain and glaze the crown allowing us to find YOUR shade, sinter (think pottery kiln) the crown and viola, you are done!