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Get your smile back by treating painful root canal at Mesquite Endodontics in Garland, TX

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What if you do not want to pull your teeth? If you are having a toothache or you notice a big cavity in your tooth you need to make an appointment as soon as possible with a general dentist or an …

What if you do not want to pull your teeth? If you are having a toothache or you notice a big cavity in your tooth you need to make an appointment as soon as possible with a general dentist or an endodontists.

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  • 1. Get your smile back by treating painful root canal at Mesquite Endodontics in Garland, TX Word to the wise: Address your tooth problems quickly! Thousands of Americans will ignore their dental issues for various reasons. Most commonly, these reasons include FEAR or PROCRASTINATION. Sometimes, the person does not even know that there is a problem! Unfortunately, the issues will always progress. Ultimately, the person will be faced with severe decay, pain (sometimes very intense), bad breath, gum disease, and/or fractured teeth. Any of these issues can and will lead to the patient needing to have the tooth pulled! What if you do not want to pull your teeth? If you are having a toothache or you notice a big cavity in your tooth you need to make an appointment as soon as possible with a general dentist or an endodontists. A general is the dentist who you see to get your teeth cleaned and who takes x-rays on your teeth periodically. The general dentist offers “comprehensive care”. On the other hand, the endodontist offers “acute care”, meaning the endodontist will only address the problem that you have which can be treated by root canal therapy or root tip surgery. In other words, endodontists only treat endodontic type issues; they do not provide cleanings, crowns, or fillings. So, if you choose to see an endodontist, you will not be expected to return after your tooth treatment is completed. It is so often that patients are not only worried about the procedures necessary, but also the price. If this is the case, then schedule for a consultation. Let the office know that you only want a consultation and ask how much it will cost. The office will usually ask if you have dental insurance. If you do, then your consultation will often cost less than it would if you did not have dental insurance. The price for a consultation can range depending on the dental office location and policies. CHEAPEST IS NOT ALWAYS BEST! NOR IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE ALWAYS BEST! Remember, if you are worried about the cost you may always ask the dental office if they offer payment plans or other payment alternatives. At your consultation at the endodontist’s office you will need to complete a health history form. Once that is complete the staff will need to take necessary x-rays and perform tests on your tooth. Then, the endodontist will come into the room, review your results, ask you questions, and then tell you what he/she recommends you do for your problem. You should never feel forced to do anything! The decision is yours to make.
  • 2. Nevertheless, listen closely to what the endodontist tells you. Their advice is worth a lot. After all, day in and day out they see people with problems exactly like yours. If you decide to have a root canal or surgery on the root tips there are some basic processes that you should expect from your appointment. You will be asked to come back to a room, where the assistant will make sure that you are comfortable. The assistant will then get your ready for the endodontist. Once the endodontist comes into the room he/she will get your tooth very numb with local anesthetic. Sometimes it will take time for an infected tooth to get very numb. Don’t worry! The endodontist is comfortable handling these issues. Once your tooth is ready for treatment, the assistant or the endodontist will place a rubber dam on your tooth and begin to work. Endodontic treatment can range in the number of appointments and time it will take. Every tooth is different! Some teeth are very easy treat and the endodontist can be finished in less than an hour. Other teeth are extremely difficult to treat. In this case the endodontist may take more than an hour, or may even tell you that you need to return for a second appointment. Once the treatment is complete the assistant will need to take final x-rays to have a record of what was performed that day on your tooth. Usually, the assistant will also review instructions with you and tell you what you need to do next for your tooth. If you have a general dentist then the assistant will tell you if you need to see the general dentist to put a crown or do other work on the tooth. If you do not have a general dentist then the endodontist or assistant can certainly recommend one for you. (Endodontists know a lot of general dentists! They can always recommend someone who does good work and suits your style.) This was written under the guidance of Dr. Lori Anna Dees, who owns Mesquite Endodontics in Garland, Texas. Dr. Dees is a Texas state licensed dentist with a specialty in endodontics. Dr. Dees has been practicing endodontics full-time since 2004, when she completed her training. Before opening her office, Dr. Dees had extensive experience in many aspects of clinical dentistry. Between 1993 and 2005 she had worked as a front desk administrative assistant, as a dental assistant, as a general dentist, and ultimately as an endodontist. Dr. Dees received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History in 1995 from University of Texas at Austin. From 1996 to 2000 she was a dental student at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas. While at Baylor she spent a two year stent on the Dean’s Honor List for excellence in her studies, pledged with Xi Psi Phi, won the MDK Bremner Student History Essay Contest for her article “Before We Were Created Equally: the Story of Lucy Hobbs Taylor”, received the Quintessence Award for Restorative Dentistry, and co- authored numerous scientific research projects. In 2004, Dr. Dees earned her Certificate of Endodontics from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
  • 3. in New Orleans. Dr. Dees has been voted a Texas Super Dentist every year from 2006- 2014. Dr. Dees is a member of the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex Endodontic Society, the American Association of Endodontists, the Texas Dental Association, and the Garland Dental Research Club. She previously served as president of the Southwest Society of Endodontists, the DFW Metroplex Endodontic Society, the Garland Dental Research Club, and the Student Research Group Chapter at Baylor College of Dentistry. She was Vice President of the National Student Research Group Executive Board in 1999-2000. In 2000, she served as a member of the Fort Worth District Dental Society as well. An accomplished dental and endodontic professional, Dr. Dees has been published in a variety of works including the Journal of Orofacial Pain, the Journal of the History of Dentistry, and repeatedly in the Journal of Dental Research. At Mesquite Endodontics in Garland, TX, Dr. Dees uses an operating microscope, fiberoptics illumination, and digital radiography and rotary instruments for the examination and treatment of sore root canals. These instruments may detect crack in the teeth and often help locate calcified canals. Further, Dr. Dees holds expertise in performing complicated root canal therapy, re-treatment of existing root canals, placement and removal of posts, and apical surgery. Apical surgery is a minor surgical procedure to remove an infected root tip from a tooth without removing the tooth. For more information on Mesquite Endodontics in Garland, TX, Endodontic Mesquite in TX.Please visit:Mesquite Endodontics

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