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Teach Your Patients the Truth About These 4 Root Canal Myths

August 20, 2020

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Female patient with toothache waiting for root canal therapy

When many patients first hear that they need root canal therapy in Tacoma, they are likely to be nervous or even frightened. Even though the procedure is used to save millions of teeth every year, about 15 percent of Americans will avoid the treatment. Such anxiety can be directly linked to the numerous myths about root canal therapy that have persisted over the years. Below are 4 examples of such myths – and the truth behind them that could help put worried patients at ease.


5 Signs You Need to Send Your Patient to an Endodontist

July 22, 2020

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Gray-haired woman with tooth pain rubbing jaw on couch

When the pulp at the center of the tooth is infected or inflamed, it needs to be removed as soon as possible via root canal therapy. Otherwise, the tooth could be lost, and the damage could spread throughout the patient’s mouth. But how will you know when it’s time to refer them to an endodontist in Tacoma? You’ll need to perform a thorough examination and consider all of your patient’s symptoms before you make that decision. In this post, you can learn more about 5 warning signs of an infection that might require a root canal.


GentleWave: A Simpler, Faster Way to Perform Root Canals

July 15, 2020

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In any given dental field, the level of care that a practice can provide depends heavily on the kind of technology it employs. Endodontics is no exception. Thanks to advancements such as GentleWave, an endodontist in Tacoma is able to perform root canal therapy more efficiently and comfortably than ever before. This makes the process as a whole more pleasant and convenient for patients. Read on to learn more about what can be expected when GentleWave is used to treat an infected tooth.


In-vivo microbiologic evaluation of polytetrafluoroethylene and cotton as endodontic spacer materials

July 14, 2020

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Tina Olsson, DMD, MSD1/Daniel Chan, DDS, MS2/James D. Johnson, DDS, MS3/Avina Paranjpe, BDS, MS, MSD, PhD4


Minimally Invasive Endodontics: A Better Way to Save the Tooth

June 27, 2020

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Row of teeth with one showing a root canal

Root canal therapy has an undeserved reputation for being particularly painful. If anything, your endodontist in Tacoma is particularly focused on making sure you’re as comfortable as possible during your treatment. They also are greatly concerned with preserving the natural structure of your teeth so as to prevent unnecessary damage – and possible extractions – in the future. For these reasons, many endodontists have adopted minimally invasive techniques for performing root canals; read on to learn more about this approach and what the benefits are.


Why You Now Need to Rinse Your Mouth Before Your Endodontic Appointment

June 17, 2020

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Hands pouring mouth rinse into a lid

With the threat that COVID-19 poses to older patients and those with compromised immune systems, your endodontist in Tacoma has had to change the way their practice handles safety and hygiene. In addition to the strict protocols they were following before, they have also adopted a number of additional steps meant to prevent the spread of infection, such as performing a pre-screening before each appointment or wearing a protective coat along with two layers of masks. In particular, you may notice that you’re being asked to rinse your mouth before your treatment begins. Why is this step important, and does it really help protect you against COVID-19? Read on to learn more about the difference mouthwash can make in an endodontist’s office.


Keeping Practices Safe From COVID-19: 5 Important Steps

May 25, 2020

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Text reading “COVID-19” with illustration of virus

Even as society reopens, COVID-19 remains a threat to the health of older people as well as those with preexisting conditions. Of course, nothing is more important to an endodontist in Tacoma than the health of their patients, which is why so many practices are adopting new safety protocols designed to keep practices as sterile as possible. Naturally, these steps are a little more complex than simply spraying some disinfectant around the office. Here are just 5 ways your endodontist is protecting you from COVID-19 whenever you walk in for an appointment.


Why Do Endodontists Rely on CBCT Scans?

May 20, 2020

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Far off shot of an endodontist’s CBCT scanner

One of the challenges of planning endodontic procedures is that many of the factors that can affect the treatment aren’t normally visible just by looking at the mouth. A normal X-ray won’t always provide all of the information that’s needed, but fortunately modern practices have the latest technology to rely on. Nowadays, many endodontists are using CBCT scanners to plan root canal therapy, implant placement, and other smile-saving procedures; read on to learn more about this instrument and how it’s being used to perform more efficient and effective procedures.


Is It Possible to Relax During Root Canal Therapy?

April 29, 2020

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Gloved hands holding mask used for sedation

Are you nervous whenever you hear the words “root canal”? You’re definitely not alone; thanks to television and other media making out the procedure to be unusually painful, many patients are afraid of it, to the point where 15% of the American population chooses to avoid it even when they’re suffering from a painful toothache. But what if your endodontist told you that root canal therapy didn’t have to hurt? Or if they said that you may even be able to relax during the process? Read on to learn more about what you can really expect during root canal therapy – and how modern practices have made it a calm, comfortable process.


Avoid Painful Toothaches with These 5 Oral Health Habits

April 23, 2020

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Woman admiring teeth in bathroom mirror

It goes without saying that having a toothache is never an enjoyable experience – especially if it’s part of an infection that will eventually lead to root canal therapy. Your endodontist in Tacoma can save your tooth and stop the pain, but of course the best option will always be to stop the infection before it even occurs at all. If you find yourself spending more time at home thanks to COVID-19, now could be a good opportunity to think about your oral health habits and how you can improve them. Here are 5 ideas for giving your teeth better protection against decay.

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