Friday, November 27, 2015

Are Root Canals Simple?

If one only looks at a diagram like the one included in this post, they may assume that root canal procedures are relatively simple procedures. Yet, what a diagram does not convey is the skill and technique that is required for a dentist in Bakersfield to carry out these procedures effectively. In fact, it is for this very reason that many people stigmatize the root canal as a worse than normal procedure when it comes to pain. The truth of the matter is that, when performed by an expert endodontist like Dr. Malhotra, the root canal procedure can offer a valuable solution to tooth pain with minimal procedure related discomfort.
Maybe the idea that root canals are simple has something to do with the fact that, by performing them with the regularity and high-level of success that he achieves, Dr. Malhotra makes these procedures seem easy. Yet, an infected nerve in a tooth, the primary culprit that necessitates a root canal procedure, is no laughing matter. These infected nerves can cause a great deal of pain, making the root canal procedure one of the most vital dental services that a Bakersfield endodontist can perform.
While some general dentists do perform what they might consider to be “simple” root canal procedures themselves, it is best that all patients go to an expert like Dr. Malhotra who makes endodontics his specialty and his passion.

Friday, November 6, 2015

How to Deal with Tooth Pain While Waiting for Your Appointment

If you’re suffering from tooth pain it can severely impact your ability to go through your normal life, from difficult tasks at work to helping your children at home. Whether you’re dealing with pain from a cracked tooth or swollen gums, waiting for your appointment with the dentist in Bakersfield can be a painful challenge. Remember to tell your dentist about the pain you’re feeling to see if you can get an earlier appointment. In the meantime, you can try these pain avoidance measures:
  • Cold pack. If your gums are swollen an ice pack to the cheek can make you feel a lot better.
  • Over the counter pain meds. Only take the medication as directed on the packaging.
  • Distract yourself. Sometimes keeping your mind off your pain, with TV or housework, can be enough to dull it.
  • Tea! Peppermint tea has healing qualities that can often reduce the swelling around the area where you’re feeling pain. And an additional perk is that it can also calm your nerves while you wait for your dental appointment.
At Kern Dental Specialties, we are experts at handling dental issues with care and non-invasive procedures that are designed to rid you of the root of your pesky, or worse than pesky, tooth pain. If you’re in need of toothache treatment, sedation dentistry in Bakersfield  or other help, call us today.