Have you been putting off necessary dental work because of the fear of pain? If so, you’re not alone. The American Dental Association estimates that 42% of people don’t get the dental care they need, and for up to 20% of Americans, this avoidance is due to dental anxiety.
You don’t have to worry any longer. Make 2020 the year you put your oral health first because dental anesthesia makes common dental procedures, like fillings, extractions, or root canals, pain-free experiences.
Norman Coates, DMD, and the entire care team at Dentistry Optimized in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, are dedicated to providing comprehensive, pain-free care to every patient. We’ve curated this guide to help you understand how Dr. Coates keeps you pain-free during some of the most common dental procedures. Read on to learn more!
What’s involved with a filling?
Many children and nearly all adults have cavities and tooth decay. If treated, there’s little cause for concern. But if fear of getting a filling keeps you away from the dentist, simple cavities can cause major problems, leading to more complicated treatments down the line.
At Dentistry Optimized, Dr. Coates uses tooth-colored fillings made from a composite of different materials to treat dental decay while matching the color of your natural teeth. He administers local anesthesia to keep you pain-free during the process.
Dr. Coates first removes any decay and cleans your tooth well to prevent infection. Using a special light and the composite material, he then fills your tooth and immediately hardens the filling. To make sure your bite remains the same, Dr. Coates then shapes the filling to match your natural tooth.
What’s involved with an extraction?
Dr. Coates usually uses an X-ray to determine whether an extraction is necessary. He then looks at the position of the tooth’s roots and surrounding bone to plan for the best extraction and avoid any complications.
Even though the word “extraction” may sound scary, most of our patients find local anesthetics are enough to keep them pain-free during this typically short procedure. If your extraction is more complicated or if you’re having multiple teeth removed, Dr. Coats may talk to you about additional medications.
What’s involved with a root canal?
Root canals get their name from the area of the tooth the procedure treats. A tooth’s “root canal” is the space that houses dental pulp and the tooth’s nerve. A root canal procedure gets rid of infection or decay before it spreads, saving your tooth.
Although the name of the treatment strikes fear in many people, today’s root canals aren’t like the ones of decades past. In fact, since the infection that makes a root canal necessary is painful, most patients are relieved to find themselves pain-free after the procedure.
Instead, modern root canals are similar to routine fillings and are usually completed in one or two appointments. The best part? Dr. Coates makes sure you won’t feel any pain by administering local anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding area.
Once the diseased, decayed, or damaged tissue and bacteria are removed, Dr. Coates fills the empty space with material to seal and stabilize your tooth. You’ll then receive a temporary filling or dental crown, and at your follow-up appointment, Dr. Coates replaces it with a permanent one.
Ready to make oral health a priority in 2020?
At Dentistry Optimized, we help you understand more about necessary dental procedures and explore all options for your optimal oral health. From routine cleanings to orthodontics, our practice offers a full line of services to keep your mouth healthy and smile bright.
Make oral health a priority in 2020! Contact our friendly staff at our Inver Grove Heights office or book an appointment online now.