At Modern Smile Center, we know having oral surgery probably isn’t on your list of fun things to do. For some, just the thought of or hearing the words oral surgery can make their stomach turn, send a chill down their spine, and cause enough fear and anxiety to avoid the situation altogether. You probably know that having the procedure is necessary and in your best interest, but you still can’t bring yourself to schedule an appointment. We want you to know that you’re in the best possible care at Modern Smile Center. Dr. Cimino has received hundreds of hours of continuing education and has invested in the latest technology that makes treatments less invasive than ever before. We’ll make sure you are completely comfortable every step of the way. We also have sedation available to make your experience as relaxed and comfortable as possible – it will be over before you can say “aah.”
While our goal is, of course, to keep your natural teeth healthy (and in your mouth!) for as long as possible, there are many cases in which having a tooth extracted is in your best interest. Maybe your tooth has become so badly decayed, broken, or infected that it’s past the point of saving. Maybe your teeth are too crowded or you have an impacted wisdom tooth. Whatever the reason, rest assured you’re in great care at Modern Smile Center.
Extractions can be performed under local or general anesthetic, depending on your needs and preferences. Either way, we will make sure you fully understand the details of the procedure and ensure you are comfortable and don’t feel a thing. We will give you detailed post-op instructions to follow to ensure the fastest, most comfortable recovery for you.
The first thing you should know is root canals are not technically considered oral surgery because they don’t require any scalpels or sutures. If you have an infection inside a tooth, you may need a root canal to eliminate the infection and save the tooth. We know root canals have earned a bad rap over the years, but today, root canals are actually a fairly painless procedure – usually no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled. It’s actually the pain of an infected tooth left untreated that’s worse than the root canal itself.
Root canals are usually performed under local anesthetic, but we do have sedation available to help ease your nerves. Dr. Cimino will make sure you are totally comfortable and don’t feel a thing. He will make a small access hole in the tooth, through which he will use special tools to remove the infection. He will then sterilize and fill the chamber to prevent further infection. Finally, root canals are usually finished with a crown to seal the tooth and bring it back to full function and aesthetics.
If you’re experiencing pain and sensitivity or a toothache, you should come in to see Dr. Cimino right away. Don’t wait for the problem to go away on its own, because it won’t! The infection will only get worse left untreated.
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