5000 N. 10th Street
McAllen, TX 78504
Patricia L. Blanton, D.D.S
4514 Cole Ave. #902
Dallas, TX, 75205
New Heights Dental
7700 Broadway St Ste 102
San Antonio, TX, 78209-3260
Dianna Wilde ,D.D.S. DMD P.C
514 - A Elgin Street
Houston , TX, 77006
Perry Dental Health
8131 W Interstate 10 Ste 217
San Antonio, TX, 78230-3801
We do believe the judicious use of dental x-rays is in our patients' best interests. And you deserve to know why.
X-rays aren't just another part of our office routine. We rely, first and foremost, on a clinical examination-that is, we look inside your mouth. Then we ask ourselves, what information do we expect to find with X-rays that will benefit this patient? If there is no good answer, we won't recommend X-rays.
We work with X-rays every day-they are our "eyes." There would be a very different kind of dentistry without them.
Feel free to ask us why you need an X-ray. Don't insist on it just because "it's time." Let us know when you are having X-rays for medical reasons. If you move, or we refer you to a specialist, ask for your X-rays to be sent to your new doctor.
The answer should be an emphatic "YES!" Fortunately, dentistry has developed new techniques for delivering local anesthetics painlessly. These techniques also assure that the anesthetics act more rapidly and produce a more "profound" level of anesthesia. Additionally, modern dental procedures utilize better technologies that are generally much less traumatic and invasive than those of the past. The result of these advancements is that patients should have minimal or no discomfort during the tooth numbing and/or treatment procedures. Root canal treatment should not cause pain, but rather relieve it when present and keep it from reoccurring. Unfortunately, dental pain may also have a psychological component, possibly stemming from a negative past experience, a story in the media, or even the fear of the unknown. Sometimes these situations can prove challenging for the patient and the dentist to control. Examples include:
These and other distresses are real to the patient. Much of the time, however, the distress can be reduced or eliminated if the patient discusses it with the dentist and gets understanding and reassurance. The doctor and the patient must work together in these situations to make certain that the patient feels as comfortable, trusting, and informed as possible in the dental environment. Most individuals can do this satisfactorily. If patients continue to feel significant distress, even after having these discussions with the dentists, they should be aware that there are supplementary modalities for which they might be candidates. These modalities include:
These sedative techniques and medicines may also be helpful if particularly lengthy treatment procedures are necessary in specific situations.
With all of the advancements in pharmaceuticals and in their delivery, there should be no need for any patient to delay root canal treatment because of fear that the treatment will be painful.
By Clifford J. Ruddle, DDS, in collaboration with Philip M. Smith, DDS