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If you are new to the area or simply looking for a new dentist, you probably have a number of questions about the services we offer and what to expect when you come to our office. Some of our most frequently asked questions are listed below. If you do not see your question listed here, give us a call and we will be happy to help!
Many patients cringe when they learn they need root canal therapy. Root canal treatment actually helps to relieve pain, not create it! Dr. Bickel has extensive experience in all aspects of dentistry and performs numerous root canals each year.
Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is a treatment for an infected tooth. By removing the infection, we can often save your tooth from needing an extraction. Dr. Bickel makes the root canal process comfortable for our patients – it should feel no more severe than having a filling! He will gently clean out the infected root canal and place medication inside your tooth to keep it sterile and prevent re-infection.
By eliminating the damaged tissue and the infection, your inflammation will subside and allow your body to heal. While it is common to have some sensitivity after root canal therapy, it will subside in a couple of days and can usually be managed using over-the-counter pain medication.
Once your tooth heals, we can recommend the proper dental restoration to keep it strong. Properly restored root canal teeth can last for a long time! Preserving your natural teeth is the best way to protect your smile and your wallet!
If you have been told you need root canal therapy or you are experiencing tooth pain, contact Phinney Ridge Dental right away! Time is everything when it comes to saving an infected tooth!
Dental crowns in Seattle, WA are one of the most versatile and practical restorations in modern dentistry. Not only can a dental crown save a weak tooth, but it can also conceal a tooth flaw and secure a dental bridge.
A dental crown is a toothlike cap that covers your tooth. Porcelain crowns are colored to match your smile. Let’s look at a few benefits of dental crowns in Seattle.
Trauma or a root infection can render a tooth weak and vulnerable to breakage. A dental crown keeps the tooth viable and returns bite force.
Additionally, a dental crown can be used cosmetically to hide tooth flaws such as discoloration, chips, shape issues, and small gaps between teeth.
If you have missing teeth, dental crowns can be used on teeth adjacent to this unsightly gap to suspend and support a restoration tooth—leaving you with a seamless smile.
Strengthening teeth, cosmetically enhanced teeth, and implants or bridges for missing teeth are all excellent examples of how patients can benefit from dental crowns.
If you have a weak, flawed, or missing tooth, we invite you to schedule an exam with our top Seattle, WA dentist. Additionally, if you have any questions about dental crowns, contact our friendly team today.
Regular dental exams are an essential part of preventive dentistry. At Phinney Ridge Dental, Dr. Micah Bickel performs comprehensive exams to determine your current oral health, diagnose any dental or periodontal conditions, and make recommendations to keep your smile looking and feeling its best.
Preventative Dental Care
Our comprehensive dental exams include an evaluation of the health of your gums. Since healthy gums are essential to healthy teeth, we will look for signs of gum disease and help you get back on track to good periodontal health.
Each dental exam includes a tooth-by-tooth inspection to identify conditions such as decay, cracked teeth, and excessive wear. We will make notes in your chart as we go and go over our findings with you. During this discussion, we will share your conditions as well as your treatment options and help you make a good decision when it comes to your oral health.
We focus on identifying dental conditions early when they are easiest to treat. Our conservative and preventive approach to dentistry helps our patients achieve and maintain optimum oral health.
If you are concerned about the appearance of your smile, share your concerns with Dr. Bickel at your dental exam. We offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry options to give you the beautiful, healthy smile you have always wanted.