Root Canal

Calming Root Canal Fears

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 in Root Canal

root canals Grand PrairieIn Arlington, Texas, a dentist’s office is sometimes seen as a painful and scary place. Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry located at 909 W Mitchell St Arlington, Texas, tries to discourage that image with a warm and friendly staff and qualified dentists. However, endodontic therapy, a dental procedure commonly known as a root canal, still carries a strong association with pain that sometimes keeps people from regularly visiting the dentist and tending optimally to their oral health.

When a tooth becomes badly infected or decayed, a qualified dentist in Texas can clean the inside of the tooth by removing the bacteria, soft tissue (called pulp), decayed nerve tissue, and any debris that may be causing the tooth infection from the inside of the tooth. Your qualified dentist will then seal the tooth to prevent further decay and finish by applying a crown or filling. This is the process and purpose of a root canal.

The process can be completed, typically, in just a few visits to your Texas dental practice. In many cases, a root canal procedure is a better option than removing the infected tooth since it allows you to keep your natural tooth.

Teeth that are more prone to requiring a root canal procedure are cracked or chipped, have received repeated dental procedures, have been damaged by trauma to the face, or are suffering from deep tooth decay. Wearing a mouth guard can help prevent damage sustained to teeth and practicing good oral hygiene habits, such as daily flossing and brushing, coupled with regular dental visits, can reduce the possibility of needing a root canal.

Though a root canal can be intimidating or scary, educating yourself and talking to your local dentist in the Arlington, Texas area is vital and can relieve much of your anxiety. Root canals are often not painful, and for many people the pain of the infection experienced beforehand is far worse than any pain that might be experienced during the procedure.

If you are looking for a trusted and experienced dentist in the Arlington, we invite you to give Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry a call at 817-200-7323 to schedule a consultation.

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3 Tooth Problems Which May Require A Root Canal

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 in Root Canal

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Hello Texas, let’s talk about the root canal procedure (“endodontic therapy” in dentist-speak). The root canal may be the most cringe-worthy dental treatment commonly done today, but it is important that dental patients in the Mansfield TX, Bentley Village, and Cook’s Meadow areas know what is happening during this anxiety-inducing, though routine procedure.

At the center of each tooth is a very small tissue called the pulp. This thread-like tissue can become damaged due to the 3 following problems:

An injury to a tooth
A very deep cavity
A crack in the tooth

If this tissue becomes damaged or infected, it can build up at the root tip inside the jawbone and form an abscess. If left untreated, this can actually destroy the bone around the tooth and cause serious discomfort.

When an endodontist, oral surgeon, or general dentist in Fort Worth or Arlington performs a root canal, the dead or diseased pulp is taken out, the space that is left is cleaned, and then it is shaped and filled. This eliminates the need for a diseased tooth to be pulled, and continued cosmetic dentistry is then used to fill in the gap.

Hi. I’m Dr. Ratcliff of Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington. I hope that today’s Fort Worth dental blog post has helped you to better understand root canals. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible and accurate dental information. I also want them to look their best, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover, dental implants, or teeth whitening, please give us a call at 817-200-7323.

At Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry we offer:

Dental implants
Porcelain veneers
Invisalign clear braces

We hope to hear from you soon!

Dr. Stephen Ratcliff
Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
909 W Mitchell St
Arlington, Texas

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Arlington Endodontics

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 in Dental Health, Root Canal

Arlington TX Root Canal Therapy Have you ever heard the phrase ‘I’d rather have a root canal’ to describe something painful or unpleasant? At Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we perform root canal (endodontic) therapy routinely for our Arlington dentistry patients and many report minimal discomfort. Fort Worth root canal procedures have advanced significantly in recent years. For many Texas root canal patients, the procedure is no worse than getting a filling from your Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry dental professional.

At Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, our goal is to help our Mansfield, Grapevine, and Grand Prairie root canal patients avoid the necessity of Texas endodontic treatment by providing skilled dental care. However, if root canal therapy is necessary to preserve a tooth for one of our greater Fort Worth area root canal patients, we provide the most advanced Arlington endodontic treatment in Texas

How do you know if you need a Texas root canal? See your Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry dental professional immediately if you experience tenderness or pain, hot or cold sensitivity, tooth discoloration, tooth injury, gum swelling, gum pain, or lymph node tenderness or drainage. However, for some Fort Worth endodontic patients, there are no symptoms. That is why it is crucial to visit your local Arlington endodontic dentist regularly for a thorough Arlington dental examination.

Call Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, at 817-200-7323 to schedule an appointment.

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