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How To Choose The Right Dentist For You

In today’s world, finding information on anyone or anything is fairly easy using the internet. Information is readily available with a simple click of a mouse. Narrowing down search criteria is just as easy when looking for a local dentist that will cater to your specific needs. Whether you have sensitive teeth, dental fears, or just need laughing gas, you can find a dentist that will meet those needs.

Word of Mouth

Having a friend or family member tell you that they have been to a great dentist is one of the best ways to find out about great dental care. However, not all people get along the same and what works for one may not work for the other. Keeping that in mind, give your prospective dentist a call and see what they have to offer for your dental health.

Using The Internet

Typing in a search bar what you need is most likely going to have the best results for your area. You can type in specifics like “dentists who do teeth whitening,” or “dentists that specialize in implants.” These titles will bring up that specialty. Some search engines like you to be less specific and others like the exact title of what you need. There are several generic services that you can search for as well, such as “teeth cleaning” or “dental crowns” and then go through those results.

Finding a Dentist Through an Online Service

In Central Texas, you can search for a dental services locator. Once you decide which one to use you can then get to the specifics of what your dental needs are. A list will come up that shows all the providers in your area for you to choose from. These sites require more information from you regarding where you are located, what dental issues you have, and what payment method you plan to use.

Searching for a Dentist in Your Insurance Network

Today, most insurance companies are selective and have a dental network program that dentists sign up for and are then listed in the directory of that network. You can also locate these providers online, however it is easier to search through the insurance company website. They have a list of providers readily available for you to scan through and see who is accepting your insurance at the time. These lists may not provide the specifics you are looking for. You can get the name of the office and then look them up online or call to schedule a consultation.


In the end, selecting a dental office that is comfortable for you and where the staff meet your needs is very important to your overall dental health. It’s not just the dental care they offer; it’s how the office works as a whole to meet your dental needs.

Still trying to find the perfect dentist to improve your oral health? Contact Carothers Family Dental, a dental office in San Marcos, TX, to get more information about dental services or to make an appointment.

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Root Canal Treatment: Everything You Need To Know

Root canal treatment has developed a widely negative reputation causing it to be one of the more intimidating procedures commonly performed. While hearing the phrase “root canal” is enough to make many people shudder, in reality, patients often compare it to be as mild as getting a filling. Knowing the facts about a root canal procedure and knowing the signs of when you might need one should help ease any tension you might feel toward it!

What is a Root Canal?

While many people refer to a “root canal” as a procedure, this is not the case. The root canal is a part of your tooth that is made up of nerves and vessels that run from the very bottom of the tooth’s root (deep inside your gums) to the pulp of your tooth. The pulp is the area underneath the protective enamel covering of your tooth that houses all of the soft tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. Root canal treatment is the process that is needed when an infection starts to develop within that pulp chamber, in the canal, or when an abscess forms underneath the root of the tooth. The root canal procedure is thought to be an uncomfortable one, but in reality, root canal treatment will actually relieve the patient of ongoing discomfort.

How do I Know if I Need a Root Canal Procedure?

There are a lot of different things that can cause infection on the pulp chamber or root canal of the tooth, and it can be difficult to know the original source of the problem. More importantly, knowing the signs of the problem can help you avoid increased discomfort and ongoing complications by getting yourself to the dentist when you start to notice them. A few symptoms and signs that you have an infection and might need root canal treatment include:

  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Swelling in your gums
  • Gum tenderness
  • Ongoing toothache when chewing
  • Discoloration of your tooth or gums
  • Pimples on your gums
  • A chipped tooth

What Happens During the Procedure?

During root canal treatment, the patient will typically be under local anesthesia. Then, in order to remove the infected tissue, an access hole is opened into the pulp chamber down to the root of the tooth (through the canal of the root). Next, the dentist will use a file to scrub the access hole free of any remaining tissues, removing any infection or diseased pulp, flushing away any debris with sterile liquids. After everything is removed, the dentist will then fill the canal completely and then seal the access hole like a typical filling. Then a crown may be needed to protect the remaining tooth structure and return function of the tooth.

What is the Alternative to a Root Canal?

If an infection has gone too far, it is possible that your only option will be to get the tooth extracted (remove the tooth entirely). While this might sound easier, the biggest benefit of getting root canal treatment instead of a tooth extracted is that you get to keep your real tooth. If you get a tooth removed, then you will need to have a fake tooth implanted in order to keep your teeth in place and retain your chewing abilities, but this option should only be a last resort. Getting root canal treatment is the best option if possible and will get rid of discomfort while keeping your natural teeth in place!

Experiencing discomfort when eating or noticing frequent toothaches? Contact Carothers Family Dental to consult a San Marcos dentist, or to get more information.

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