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By David L Phelps
July 17, 2019
Category: General Dentistry
Tags: Root Canal Therapy  

Find out who could benefit from getting root canal treatment.

There is nothing worse than the pain of a toothache. Unfortunately, as much as you may want to just ignore this pain, it’s important that you Root_Canalvisit our Easley, SC, dentist, Dr. David Phelps, right away. After all, this dental emergency could just mean that you are dealing with an infected dental pulp—an issue that needs to be treated with root canal therapy as soon as possible in order to save the tooth.


Why is a root canal performed?

When bacteria is able to get inside a tooth, it infects the soft tissue, also known as the dental pulp. While the pulp is important for the development of a tooth, once the tooth has fully formed the pulp is no longer necessary. Consequently, when the pulp becomes infected, we can remove it without affecting the rest of the tooth.

There are many reasons why bacteria may be able to get inside the tooth. If there is widespread and severe decay that breaks through the hard enamel and dentin layers of the tooth then this will allow bacteria to enter the dental chamber.

Teeth that have had repeated procedures may also weaken over time, which can increase the risk for an infection. Furthermore, traumatic injury or a direct impact to the tooth can also damage or irritate the pulp. In any of these cases, our Easley, SC, dentist will recommend a root canal.


What are the benefits of root canal treatment?

Of course, we know that many people hear the words “root canal” and are immediately concerned; however, there is a lot of inaccurate information out there about this procedure. Since it removes the dental pulpit also removes the source of the pain. This means that the pain should disappear not long after treatment, with some people experiencing immediate relief. The point isn’t to cause further pain but to actually get rid of it.

A root canal is also not a very invasive procedure. In fact, it’s no more invasive or extensive as having a cavity removed and filled. We also numb the area around the tooth with local anesthesia so you don’t feel discomfort. If you are particularly nervous about your root canal, talk to us about sedation dentistry, which can also help you feel more relaxed and also ease your anxiety during your procedure.

A root canal also preserves your natural tooth. If the pulp isn’t removed the bacteria will continue to spread into the roots of the tooth and the jawbone. It may even spread to neighboring teeth, leading to the need for multiple extractions. Getting a root canal when you need one will prevent these issues in the future.


Concerned? Give us a call

Do you have questions about your upcoming root canal treatment? If so, call the Southern Oaks Family Dentistry in Easley, SC, at (864) 850-9100—we're here to help!

By David L Phelps
May 16, 2019
Category: General Dentistry
Tags: Preventive Care  

Preventive care from your dentist in Easley, SC, can save your smile

If you are brushing and flossing regularly, that’s excellent! Practicing proper oral hygiene is a great start, but it isn't quite enough to keep a dentistsmile healthy. The truth is, oral care necessitates regular preventive care visits with your dentist and dental hygienist. Read on to learn how Dr. David Phelps at Southern Oaks Family Dentistry in Easley, SC, offers a wide range of dental services (including preventive care) to keep you smiling!


Why regular checkups are so essential

First, let’s talk about why a healthy smile is important. The health of your mouth directly affects the health of your body. In fact, a healthy mouth helps prevent the development of serious medical conditions, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, endocarditis, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Preventive care services are a vital way to keep your smile healthy. During your preventive care visit, your dentist will take the necessary x-rays, and do a comprehensive dental examination to diagnose problems with your soft tissue, teeth, jaws, and your supporting bone. The dental examination also includes an oral cancer examination to check for any abnormal swelling, redness, and other indicators of disease.

Preventive care services are important because they allow early diagnosis and treatment of dental issues while they are still small and easy to treat. For examples, they can help prevent:

  • Small areas of decay from turning into severe decay
  • Severe decay from turning into the need for a root canal
  • Gum Disease from turning into periodontal disease
  • Periodontal disease from resulting in tooth loss

You should visit your dentist at least once each year for a dental examination, your dental hygienist every six months for a professional dental cleaning.


Time for a checkup? Give us a call!

Preventive care visits can help keep your smile healthy and beautiful for years to come! You deserve to enjoy a healthy smile for life, and preventive care visits are the key! To find out more about preventive care visits and other important dental services, call Dr. David Phelps at Southern Oaks Family Dentistry in Easley, South Carolina, today at (864) 850-9100!