Root Canals Save Teeth!

Of all the dental procedures we do, one has ended up with the worst reputation of them all! Through movies, songs, and all sorts of media, the root canal is a feared dental procedure. Just hearing the name might make you start to shiver! With all of this bad publicity, the root canal is still a fantastic procedure. Things aren’t always what they seem, and this is one of those cases. We’d love to break it down for you today so that you can see what a root canal is all about!

What’s Happening to My Teeth?
Each tooth is made up of the solid, outer crown made of enamel and dentin, and a soft, inner portion called dental pulp. If a cavity is left untreated, the bacteria will work through the enamel and dentin and into the dental pulp, creating an infection. The pulp will swell, putting pressure on the nerve, causing excruciating pain. If left untended, the tooth will die and fall out, possibly causing other, painful experiences along the way.

What Can We Do?
A root canal will save this tooth, and it is no more painful than getting a filling. It works in much the same way. We will remove the decay and infection from your tooth. We then clean and fill the tooth with material to prevent further infection. Finally, we place a dental crown on top to seal the tooth from bacteria. The relief of pain that you will experience after your root canal is definitely worth any anxiety over this procedure!

The root canal definitely has a bad name, but we think the fear is misdirected. The pain you fear is actually that of the infected tooth, and we can prevent those during routine dental examinations! Contact us today to find out more about the root canal procedure, and let us know how we can help you get the smile of your dreams!

I’m Afraid of the Dentist

Gentle Dental Care in Alpine and Highland

If you’re scared of the dentist, you’re not alone. Dental anxiety is a common problem that can range from simple uneasiness to fainting at the dental office. Then there are people who prefer to avoid discomfort altogether by never showing up at appointments. Your Alpine dentist understands how fear and anxiety can keep you from getting necessary dental care, so he designed our office to be a stress-free zone where every experience is pleasant.

Relaxing Office

Alpine Dental Care is an office like no other. Let your worries melt way in our comfortable waiting room with vaulted ceilings that keep claustrophobia at bay. Watch TV shows and movies (even in the treatment rooms) or listen to soothing music as you snuggle under warm blankets. We also have a special game room for children and an aviary where you can watch birds hatching.

DentalVibe Pain-Free Injections

Your dentist in Alpine uses DentalVibe, a painless injection system. The small pen-like device uses vibration to counter and block the sensation of pain from injections. No need for pills or drugs! Even if needles don’t bother you, DentalVibe helps local anesthetic spread more quickly and evenly.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Dr. Larsen provides nitrous oxide to help you reach a higher level of comfort. Nitrous oxide is a safe, colorless gas that is inhaled through a mask placed over your nose or mouth. Within seconds after inhalation, you will feel calm, relaxed and ready for treatment. You are conscious throughout the procedure and can be easily awakened if you do fall asleep. This sedation method is recommended for patients with mild to moderate anxiety.

Advanced Technology

Advanced technology means better patient experiences. At Alpine Dental Care, we have invested in the latest equipment and techniques for accurate diagnosis and painless procedures.

Learn how dentistry can be comfortable and pleasant. Schedule a consultation with your Alpine dentist today by calling 801-756-4440. You can also use our online form to make an appointment.