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    Busting Myths about Root Canals

    Last updated 4 days ago

    The roots of a tooth keep the tooth in place. They also encase the pulp, which holds the nerves and blood vessels of the tooth. If decay reaches the pulp, it can cause significant pain. If your dentist has suggested a root canal to get rid of this damaged pulp, keep reading to learn the truth behind some of the most common myths about the procedure.

    Myth: A Root Canal is Painful
    Most people believe that root canal therapy is a painful procedure. In actuality, this treatment relieves the pain that the infected pulp causes. New advancements in dental technology make this procedure easier than ever. Most patients experience no more discomfort than they would when they get a cavity filled. Remember, if you visit the dentist for root canal treatment, you are probably already in pain. This treatment will help you get rid of this pain.

    Myth: A Root Canal Can Cause Other Health Issues
    Almost 100 years ago, Dr. Weston A. Price started the myth that root canals lead to other illnesses. At the time, medical experts did not have the same level of understanding about how health treatments work. According to the American Association of Endodontists, there is no scientific evidence that connects root canal therapy to other illnesses in the mouth or other areas of the body. In fact, a root canal treatment actually removes bacteria in the infected area, which can prevent more health issues.

    Myth: It Is Better to Pull the Tooth
    Some people believe that pulling a tooth is more effective than getting a root canal. Dentists do whatever they can to salvage natural teeth, though, which means they will always opt for a root canal over an extraction if possible.

    Whether you need a root canal or a routine cleaning, schedule an appointment with the dental experts at Oak Creek Dental Care to enjoy some of the best oral health services in Columbus. Our dentists combine state-of-the-art technology and valuable experience to provide our patients with the best care. To learn more, call (614) 682-8345.

    Oak Creek Cares 2015

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Oak Creek Dental Care is excited to announce our second annual Oak Creek Cares Event that will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015. The Doctors and staff will dedicate the entire day to providing free dentistry as a way of giving back to our community. Patients can receive either a cleaning, a filling or an extraction from 8 am - 2 pm free of charge! Appointments are not necessary, but come early to reserve your spot! Registration begins at 7:30 AM. Oak Creek Dental Care provides dental care with a non-judgmental approach. Visit our website for more patient information for Oak Creek Cares. We hope to see you soon!


    Causes of Gum Recession

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Gum recession is a serious condition that might lead to sensitivity and problems with tooth roots. Poor tooth position, trauma, heredity, and periodontal disease can all increase a person’s risk for developing this condition.

    If you are dealing with gum recession, your dentist can treat it with a special cleaning method called scaling and root planing. A dentist might also use gum-grafting surgery to cover the roots and lower your risk for further complications. Check out this video to learn more.

    The dentists at Oak Creek Dental Care can help you keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. Our experience and state-of-the-art technology allow us to give every patient personalized care. To learn more about our services, visit us online or call (614) 682-8345.

    The Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

    Last updated 18 days ago

    When it comes to straightening crooked teeth, most people think of the cosmetic benefits. However, in addition to looking good, having straight teeth can also be beneficial for your oral health. That is why more and more dentists are recommending that even adult patients consider getting treatment for crooked teeth. If you’re considering talking to your dentist about your tooth misalignments, take a look at the following benefits that having straight teeth can offer.

    Better Oral Hygiene
    If your teeth are crooked or widely spaced, or if you have a malocclusion, then you’re not getting your teeth as clean as you could. Misalignments interfere with your ability to floss and brush your teeth completely, since some of the surfaces of your teeth may be obscured. Teeth that are widely spaced leave your gums vulnerable to damage. Not being able to maintain a complete oral hygiene routine could leave you making multiple trips to the dentist for tooth decay or gum disease.

    Fewer Digestion Issues
    You may not think about the role your dentist plays in your digestive health, but your teeth have one of the first jobs when it comes to breaking down your food. When you have bite issues, you may not be able to chew your food properly. This can lead to swallowing pieces of food that are too large, which in turn can cause problems in your digestive system.

    Less Pain
    Tooth misalignments can lead to a variety of painful symptoms. Some bite issues can force teeth into soft tissue, such as bottom teeth that press into the roof of the mouth, which leads to irritation. In other cases, malocclusions are associated with jaw pain. Straightening your teeth may alleviate these issues.

    If you want straighter teeth, talk to your dentist at Oak Creek Dental Care in Columbus, Ohio, about your options. Our dentists offer adult orthodontics to help you improve your smile and your oral health. To make an appointment, call (614) 682-8345.

    Get to Know Dr. Timothy A. McDuffee

    Last updated 25 days ago

    Dr. Timothy A. McDuffee founded Oak Creek Dental Care in 1997 with the sole purpose of bringing quality and compassionate dental care to the Central Ohio region. Dr. McDuffee is an avid student of dentistry and often commits himself to receiving four to five times the required continuing education hours each year so he can continue to deliver on his founding principles.

    Dr. McDuffee received both his undergraduate degree and his doctorate from Ohio State University and completed a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in 1992. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Heart Association, the American Dental Association, and the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation.

    You can experience the difference of Oak Creek Dental Care for yourself by contacting us to schedule an appointment with Dr. McDuffee. You can reach our Columbus dental practice by calling (614) 682-8345.


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