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By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
February 18, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Five words no one welcomes: “You need a root canal.” But if you are delaying treatment because you are worried about pain and an uncomfortable day in the dentist’s chair, please think again! Modern root canal procedures are designed to repair your damaged tooth gently and efficiently and leave you with a restored natural tooth that can last a lifetime. Dr. Curt Posey in Fresno, CA, is a professional who can guarantee you the utmost care. 

Why might you need a root canal?

First, a little tooth biology. Each tooth has a crown (the part we see above the gums) and one or more roots (the part of our tooth below the gum line that is attached to the bone in our jaw). The tooth has three basic layers: the hard enamel and cementum that cover the outer crown and root, the softer dentin beneath that layer, and, on the inside, the pulp. Pulp is made of living tissue and contains the blood vessels and nerves that nourish the tooth and keep it vital.

Even with the protection the enamel and dentin provide, sometimes the pulp can be infected or damaged. If you have suffered an injury to your mouth or jaw, or an infection has developed from an opening in the tooth caused by a deep cavity or crack, you may need a root canal to prevent further infection, pain, and even tooth loss. Call our office immediately if you feel pain with chewing or pressure, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, swollen, and tender gums around a tooth, or tooth discoloration.

The Root Canal Procedure

If a root canal is necessary, the procedure is very straightforward. After the area around the tooth is numbed, we will make an opening in the crown to allow access to the pulp inside. Very small instruments will be used to clean the inner tooth and remove bacteria and dead or dying tissue. The area will be thoroughly disinfected, and the inside shaped and then filled and sealed. A temporary filling or crown might be placed on the tooth to prevent bacteria and food from entering the site if a permanent crown needs to be created. The entire process usually takes from one to three visits.

If we suggest a root canal, it is because this is the best way to save your tooth. Please feel free to talk to us about your particular needs and concerns. Which tooth is affected, how many roots are involved, what type of filling or crown might be best—we will work with you to provide all the information you need and all the options you have available.

Common Concerns

Are you concerned about pain?

The most painful part of a root canal is often the severe discomfort your tooth causes before treatment. And infections and damaged nerves can affect not only the injured tooth but the gums, tissue, and even bone surrounding it. With our modern dental techniques, a root canal procedure is often no more uncomfortable than a regular filling. The local anesthetic we use will prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure, and, while the area around your tooth might be a bit sensitive following treatment, the pain caused by the infection or injury should be gone.

Are you anxious about the procedure?

If our dental treatment causes you anxiety, please let us know. There are several sedation options we can pursue to make this procedure less worrisome. Our goal is to make your treatment as gentle and comfortable as possible.

No one welcomes the news that a root canal is necessary, but with today’s procedures, this treatment can be just what you need to relieve your pain and keep your natural tooth where it belongs for many years to come. Dr. Curt Posey in Fresno, CA, is available by appointment when you call (559) 227-6755.

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
December 15, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you have lost a tooth and are looking for a dental solution that will provide you with a natural look and feel, consider if dental implants may be right for you. Dental implants can provide a permanent, natural-looking synthetic alternative to fill the gap in your smile and support your oral health. If you are looking for dental implants in Fresno, CA, consider the expertise of Dr. Curt Posey.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants consist of two main components that contribute to their natural look and feel. The first is the titanium screw, which is adhered to your jawbone through your gums so that the implant will not move around in your mouth, providing a sturdy synthetic alternative for a natural feel. The second component is the crown that is placed on top of the titanium screw. The crown is custom-made and molded by your dentist to seamlessly blend in with your existing teeth, creating the natural look you desire. With the durability of the titanium screw and the aesthetic appeal of the dental crown, your dental implants will provide you with a natural look and feel to replace your missing tooth.

Benefits of Dental Implants

In addition to providing durability and aesthetic appeal, dental implants in Fresno, CA, also have some oral health benefits. With dental implants, you will be able to bite and chew food better while also protecting your gums from wear and tear. This will create less strain on your existing teeth as your dental implant helps to provide structure and function to your mouth. Dental implants will help you to look and feel your best!

How to Get Started Today

If you or a loved one is seeking a synthetic tooth alternative but wants a natural look and feel, consider dental implants as a potential solution. If you are interested in getting dental implants in Fresno, CA, or would like more information, please contact Dr. Posey and his dental team by calling his office at (559) 227-6755.

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
September 01, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sedation dentistry  

Dental anxiety doesn't need to prevent you from receiving the oral health care you need. Intravenous (IV) sedation offered by your Fresno, CA, sedation dentist, Dr. Curt Posey, will help you feel relaxed while you receive treatment.

Do you suffer from dental fears?

You're not alone if visiting the dentist makes you feel anxious. More than 60% of people surveyed by Dental Vox reported suffering from dental fear. Some people said that they were concerned about pain, while others were bothered by the sights and sounds at the dental office.

A negative experience as a child might be the source of your fears, or you may find dental visits stressful if anxiety is part of your life. No matter the reason for your phobia, dental visits can become much more pleasant with IV sedation.

How IV sedation can help you?

It's tempting to put off dental work if visits trigger your dental anxiety. Unfortunately, delaying treatment may mean that your condition will worsen and you'll need a more extensive, lengthy dental treatment. If you previously had to break up dental treatments into several visits, IV sedation may allow you to tolerate longer dental appointments.

IV sedation can take the anxiety out of visiting the dentist for crowns, fillings, veneers, bridges, dental implants, and other restorations. Before your treatment begins, an IV line will be placed in your arm or hand. Once the sedative begins to flow through the line, you'll feel calm and a little drowsy. Although you'll be awake during your treatment, you probably won't remember any details about your visit.

While your dentist works, you won't feel a thing or be bothered by the sound of the dental equipment. As soon as the treatment is over in the Fresno dental office, your sedation dentist will remove the IV. Although you'll feel perfectly fine once you're no longer receiving the sedative, your reflexes may be a little slower than normal for a few hours. For that reason, you'll need to ask a friend or family member to drive you home.

Could lV sedation help you manage your dental fears? Call your sedation dentist in Fresno, CA, Dr. Posey, at (559) 227-6755 to schedule your appointment.

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
January 19, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

What you think you know about getting a root canal could be completely wrong!

We know that no one likes to hear the statement, “You need a root canal”. Unfortunately, for many, a root canal is needed in order to save a tooth. We don’t quite know why root canals have gotten such a negative image, but our Fresno, CA, dentist Dr. Curt Posey is here to dispel those negative beliefs and to provide some clarity on why root canals are performed and why they really aren’t anything to stress over.

Root Canals Don’t Cause Pain

If you search the Internet you can find negative stories for just about everything; however, we also know that these stories deter people from getting the dental care they need. If you need a root canal, chances are fairly good that you’re in a decent amount of pain.

You’ll be happy to hear that a root canal is designed to remove the source of your pain, not cause it. Some people even notice immediate relief after their procedure. While it’s natural to experience a little pain and discomfort after any dental procedure, over-the-counter pain relievers are often enough to ease your symptoms.

Root Canals are Complicated and Complex Procedures

Root canals might sound like a lot of work, and a lot of time sitting in our chair, but as our Fresno, CA, family dentist will tell you—getting a root canal is no more invasive or complex than getting a tooth filled. The only difference is how the procedure is performed. You won’t be sitting in our chair for hours! In fact, the average length of a root canal is between 30-60 minutes.

Root Canals Kill the Tooth

The reason a root canal is performed is to go inside the tooth to remove the inflamed or infected dental pulp. A root canal will clear out the infection and bacteria inside the tooth; however, it does not kill the tooth. Your tooth is still viable and healthy, even after a root canal. We will simply need to place a dental crown over the tooth to protect the natural tooth from further damage.

Do you have questions about getting root canal therapy from our Fresno, CA, dentist? Are you dealing with a toothache that requires an immediate evaluation? If so, call us today at (559) 227-6755 to schedule an appointment.

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
December 23, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sealants  

Sealants are a great way to reduce your child’s risk for cavities.

All you have to do is have your child open their mouth wide and you will notice all the ridges on the chewing surfaces of their molars. So, as you might imagine, this is one of the most common places that decay forms. Luckily, our Fresno, CA, dentist Dr. Curt Posey can help protect your child’s back teeth from decay with routine checkups and dental sealants.

What is a dental sealant?

These clear or tooth-colored plastic coatings are painted on and hardened to the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars. These coatings create a smooth protective film over those crevices and ridges to make it a less hospitable environment for food and bacteria to get trapped and to build up. Along with good oral care and visiting your family dentist here in Fresno, CA, every six months, dental sealants can be a great preventive measure to reduce your child’s risk for cavities.

Can my child benefit from sealants?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that all children between the ages of 5 to 14 get dental sealants. Once your child’s first set of molars comes in (between the ages of 5-7) you should talk to our dentist, Dr. Posey, about whether it’s time to get sealants. Your child’s second set of molars will come in between the ages of 11 and 14, and the ADA also recommends getting sealants placed on these teeth once they come in.

While sealants may be highly recommended for children who are at a higher risk for developing cavities, the truth is that all children should get sealants to protect those back teeth from cavities. In fact, children who don’t have sealants were actually three times more likely to develop cavities than children who had sealants.

How is a sealant applied?

We know that when it comes to getting any kind of dental care, it may feel like pulling teeth to get your child here (we don’t take it personally!). However, you’ll also be relieved to find out that placing sealants is super easy and completely painless.

To place sealants, all we have to do is to paint the plastic coating over the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth and then use a dental laser to harden it directly to the tooth. It only takes a couple of minutes and your child won’t feel a thing. It’s truly one of the easiest ways to protect your child’s teeth from decay.

If you are ready to sit down with our Fresno, CA, family dentist to see if sealants are right for your little one, call our practices today at (559) 227-6755. We can even place sealants during your child’s next cleaning to make it easier on your schedule.

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Curt P. Posey, DDS, INC.
7078 N. Maple Ave. Ste #105
Fresno, CA 93720
(559) 227-6755
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