Root Canals

Root Canal Survival Guide

Do you have or think you may have a root canal? Have no fear, the root canal survival guide is here. We have everything you need to know in two minutes or less about what root canals are and the process of getting a root canal.

First and foremost, a root canal is a procedure done when the pulp in your root canal is infected and needs to be removed and replaced with other material. This will save the whole tooth from decay and your overall oral health from more issues.

Some of the various causes include poor oral health, repeated dental procedures in and around the tooth, cracks and chips, pulp damage, and just general deep decay. It is important to know that left untreated, the problem will not resolve itself, but worsen and lead to serious pain and possibly and abscess. Generally, the first sign you will see of needing a root canal will be persistent and continual inflammation as it is a sign of infection.

What happens when you have a root canal? Don’t worry, it is actually a fairly quick, easy, and painless procedure. Your dentist will simply remove the infected pulp in your root canal and the fill the area. This material will most likely be a material called gutta-percha. Then, your tooth will be restored with a normal crown or filling.

Following the procedure is when you will experience some discomfort, but this is normal. However, as a serious benefit, your tooth will be saved. You can eat and chew normally again, and your teeth will appear normally and no longer inflamed.

For a detailed perspective, you can find more information at the American Association of Endodontist, and if you have more questions that have not been answered, Dr. Masters would love to talk to you. Contact Masters Dental at 864-877-8008.

Dental Hygine

Got Floss?

Let’s face the music – no one loves to floss. Well, except maybe dentists and their friends. However, flossing is extremely important to your oral health even if you don’t want to do it.

Most people think that flossing is about taking care of your teeth and that brushing your teeth takes care of that, but flossing is actually more about your gums and taking care of them.

Often people start flossing and stop because it hurts and makes your gums bleed. However, if you floss for more than a week, your mouth and gums will become accustomed to the flossing and stop hurting and bleeding.

While it may seem like flossing is just another chore, there are actual serious reasons why flossing is important. Here are the top three reasons why you should start flossing today.

First, flossing can help dislodge food that gets trapped in the gums. When it doesn’t get removed, plaque and tartar form and build up. This is what your dentist is removing when you visit the dentist. It must be removed with a scraper.

The second reason is that this buildup can lead to further oral health complications. Not flossing will lead to gingivitis and other issues. It is such a simple thing that can be done to avoid big and expensive problems. Flossing can and will save your money.

According to the American Dental Association, you should try to clean your teeth twice a day and that includes floss. Stop waiting and pushing flossing off till tomorrow, floss today!

Children's Dentist

Child’s First Dental Visit?

Never fear, the dentist is here not to hurt you, but to protect you! If your little one is about to have their first dental visit, you may be worried about how they will react. While there is nothing to be worried about, it is good you care enough to make sure they feel comfortable and secure.

Your dentist wants your child to like the dentist just as much as you do, and making sure the first trip goes well will put you on the path to success for the future. Typically a child needs to go to the dentist about six months after their first tooth erupts, so children tend to be between one and two when they first come to visit.

Here are a few simple things you can do to relieve anxiety for your child:

Act normal. Nothing will upset your child more than you being upset. Act natural. I know it sounds easier said than done, but if you can try to act like there is nothing to worry about, you child won’t worry. Plus, there is nothing to worry about.

Brush with you child. While you should be doing this anyway, you want to make sure that your child brushes their teeth at home. This will not only keep those teeth clean, but it will make a trip to the dentist feel normal.

Let them watch you. Schedule your dental appointment right before your child’s appointment. This way they can watch you and see what the dentist will be doing. They will also see that everything is okay. Lead by example. All of this will make it easier for them to get their first checkup.

We are excited to introduce your child to good oral hygiene, and we are so happy that you care about your child’s oral health. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact Masters Dental!