Prioritizing Our Patients' Health & Safety 

Dear patients,

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
 
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
 
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.
 
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
 
• If you are sick or concerned you might be sick, please cancel your appointment. You will not be penalized in any way for the cancellation, even at the last minute.
 
• Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. When you get to the office, you are asked to remain in your car and call our office number 972-412-5064. A staff member will come out to you and you will be asked those same screening questions again and have your temperature taken before entering the office.
 
• If you are a new patient, we would really appreciate you using the online patient portal to fill out paperwork prior to your appointment.
 
• We will ask you to immediately wash your hands with soap and water when you enter the office.
 
• You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect. There will also be very few chairs present to avoid crowds in the waiting room. Computers will have disposable covers and counter tops, door handles, waiting room chairs and surfaces will be disinfected with increased frequency.
 
• Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment. We will also ask that only the patient, and in necessary cases a legal guardian, enter the office. Older children and adults are requested to experience their appointments alone while family members remain in the car and/or waiting room.
 
• We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
 
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 972-412-5064 or visit our website at www.mymouthdental.com.  
 
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Ramsey, Dr. Montoya and Team

Myths About Root Canal Therapy

If you are unfamiliar with root canal therapy, the procedure may make you feel uneasy. In fact, many patients have developed misconceptions about endodontic treatment, believing it to be overly painful or unnecessary. Dispelling root canal myths can put your mind at ease and restore your confidence. Dentists have been performing endodontic procedures for decades, and for good reason. Root canal therapy is a highly effective way to relieve pain and save an infected tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted. Despite its negative reputation, root canal treatment is safe, virtually painless, and predictable.

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Contrary to common misconceptions, a root canal is a virtually painless procedure that can relieve severely painful symptoms.

Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions

Despite its negative reputation, root canal therapy is safe, virtually painless, and predictable.

Dentists are acutely aware of the negative connotations that surround root canal therapy. Many patients have serious reservations about endodontic treatment, and some even avoid the care they need. Fortunately, patients are becoming better informed, and their attitude towards root canal therapy is changing. To better understand this treatment, it is important to be aware of common myths and misconceptions.

Myth: Root canal therapy is excruciatingly painful. A recent survey conducted by the American Association of Endodontists indicated that two out of three Americans list fear of pain as their main concern when it comes to root canal therapy. However, modern advances in technology have made treatment no more painful than receiving a dental filling. In fact, root canal therapy is intended to relieve pain, not cause it. During treatment, your doctor can administer local anesthetic to numb the area, and you may also elect to receive a stronger sedative if you are especially anxious about treatment. 

Myth: You will always experience pain if you have a dental infection. This is not always the case. Certainly, dental pain can be a sign of an infected tooth. However, even a tooth that feels completely normal can have a compromised pulp. Sometimes, a non-vital, or dead tooth, can only be diagnosed with the help of x-rays or other advanced images. An asymptomatic tooth with a non-vital pulp can flare up at any time and should be treated as soon as possible.

Myth: Root canal treatment causes illness. This myth is patently false. It stems from research conducted nearly a century ago, that incorrectly claimed bacteria trapped inside an endodontically treated tooth could spread through the body and cause various forms of illness. This relationship was later debunked and further research failed to establish any connection between root canal therapy and illness.

Myth: Root canal therapy takes multiple visits and many hours to complete. This was once true, but improved techniques, materials, and instruments have streamlined the process. Most root canal treatments can be completed in one or two appointments. The amount of time you spend in the dentist's chair is dependent on the extent of the infection, the accessibility of the canals, and experience of the dentist. If you are receiving a custom dental crown, you may need to visit the dentist one more time for placement. However, some dentists offer same-day crowns, which can be designed and manufactured in a single visit.

Myth: A better alternative to root canal therapy is to extract the infected tooth and place a fixed bridge or an implant. It is always better to save your natural teeth whenever possible. Root canal therapy is more conservative than a fixed bridge or an implant-supported restoration. Often, these treatments require reshaping healthy neighboring teeth, which can jeopardize the structure of your smile. In addition, no artificial tooth can function quite as well as a natural tooth. Teeth that have been treated with a root canal can last a lifetime without causing further issues. 

Myth: Root canal therapy does not last and when it fails, the tooth must be extracted. The long-term success rate of teeth that have been endodontically treated is quite high. For teeth that do become re-infected, it is usually possible to repeat the root canal treatment. Alternatively, the infection can be treated surgically during an apicoectomy, in which the infected tip of the tooth root is removed.

Myth: Root canal treatment is too expensive. The word "expensive" is a relative term, but it stands to reason that root canal therapy, followed by the placement of a restoration, is somewhat costly. However, the cost of having the tooth extracted and replaced with either a fixed or implant-supported restoration would cost as much if not more. Root canal therapy is a long-term investment into the health and aesthetics of your smile.

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My Mouth Dental and My Kidz Mouth Dental

At My Mouth Dental and My Kidz Mouth Dental, we are committed to providing the very highest standard of care for patients of all ages. Drs. José Montoya, Ashley Ramsey, and Neha Khanolkar provide a range of services and are affiliated with:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • The College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Are you ready to achieve excellent oral health? Reach out to our practice by requesting a consultation online or calling us at (972) 412-5064.

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