As with any field, dentistry can be confusing. That’s why you can always call our Jeffersonville, IN dental office with any questions or requests. Here are some of the more common questions we hear and their answers.
- What Is The Best Toothbrush To Use
- What Should I Do In A Dental Emergency
- Are Root Canals Painful
- What If I’m Really Anxious About My Visit
Q: What Is The Best Toothbrush To UseA:
When it comes to your toothbrush, you need to worry about two things: the size and the type of bristles.
Your toothbrush needs to reach all areas of your mouth, including the teeth in the very back. That means you probably need a toothbrush on the smaller side. A big toothbrush might look like it cleans more, but if it’s so big you can’t use it to clean your back molars, then what’s the point? The type of bristles are also important. You want soft ones. The harder the bristles, the more likely they will hurt your enamel or gums.
Q: What Should I Do In A Dental EmergencyA:
If you have a bad injury like a cracked tooth, one knocked loose or out, or a deep cut in your mouth, you should first try to stop any bleeding. Then call us at 812-406-0914. If you call before 9:30 a.m., we will be able to see you that same day for an emergency appointment. You are always welcome to call after that time, and we will do our best to get you seen.
Q: Are Root Canals PainfulA:
For root canal therapy, Dr. Kirchner will make a small hole in the tooth. He then removes the infected pulp, seals the tooth, and protects it with a dental crown. All in all, this procedure is only as painful as getting a filling. With local anesthesia, you should not feel any discomfort. Because these infections create powerful toothaches, not having a root canal is the painful choice.
Q: What If I’m Really Anxious About My VisitA:Dental anxiety is a real thing. People often worry because they had visits that went poorly in the past or another dentist’s office treated them coldly. At our Jeffersonville, IN dental office, we go out of our way to ensure your comfort and relaxation. You can rest in a massage chair with a pillow, blanket, and and iPad headphones. If these aren’t enough, you can also get sedation dentistry with nitrous oxide. This gas induces a feeling of relaxation and calm. You can get through almost any treatment without anxiety or worry.
For those who have dental anxiety, we have many options. For one, probably the biggest thing that really sets us apart from other offices is that we don't use a syringe. We have a computer that administers the anesthetic. They get excited because they're so used to experiencing pain. Just that alone really comforts people and allows them to relax. We also offer nitrous oxide. The system that we have here is brand new. The way that it's designed, it works really well. It works so well that we're actually doing less sedation now just because people are so much more comfortable with the nitrous oxide. You can use it for cleanings, regular dentistry. Whatever you need, it really works well. We also offer oral sedation, and this allows people to be comfortable, relaxed. They really enjoy their time here.