5 Dental Procedures That Aren’t As Painful Or Scary As You Think

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When it comes to dental procedures, it’s natural to feel a little bit anxious. After all, nobody likes the idea of having someone poking around in their mouth! However, it’s important to remember that dentists are professionals who have your best interests at heart. In most cases, dental procedures are not nearly as scary or painful as you might think. Here are five examples:

1. Dental X-Rays

Dental X-rays may seem like a huge, imposing machine, but the reality is that it’s just a small, hand-held device that emits a very low level of radiation. The procedure only takes a few seconds and is completely painless. Plus, it’s an important part of diagnosing dental problems in their early stages, which can save you a lot of time, money, and pain down the road.

2. Cleanings

Dental cleanings are another common procedure that can cause some anxiety. However, there’s no need to worry — cleanings are usually quick and easy, and they’re an important part of maintaining good oral health. Plus, the hygienist will take every possible measure to ensure that you’re comfortable during the cleaning. If you’re really worried about it, just let them know — they’ll be more than happy to go extra slowly or use a gentler touch.

3. Tooth Extractions

One of the most feared dental procedures is having a tooth pulled, also known as an extraction. The idea of having a tooth ripped out of your mouth is enough to make anyone cringe, but the truth is that tooth extractions are actually not that bad. Thanks to modern anaesthesia, you won’t feel a thing during the procedure. And while you may experience some soreness and discomfort afterwards, it’s nothing that can’t be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medications.

4. Dental Fillings

Another one of those procedures that people dread is getting a dental filling. The fear comes from the fact that in order to fill a cavity, the dentist has to drill into the tooth first. But thankfully, with today’s technology, dentists use high-speed drills that make the whole process much quicker and less painful than it used to be. In addition, they also use numbing agents, so you won’t feel anything during the procedure

5. Dental Implants

Dental implants may sound intimidating, but the truth is that they are typically no more painful to receive than a regular filling. The entire process of installing an implant is done with a local anaesthetic to minimize any pain or discomfort you may experience. Even better, once the healing process is complete, you won’t be able to tell the difference between your implant and one of your natural teeth!

So, if you’re considering getting a dental implant, don’t worry too much about the pain factor. With modern procedures and anaesthesia, it’s easier than ever to restore your smile with minimal put-off in terms of comfort.

If you’re dreading your next trip to the dentist because you’re afraid of what they might do to you, take heart in knowing that your dentist has access to modern anaesthesia and other advances in dental technology, making most procedures less scary than you’d think.

At Tomaree Dentistry, we understand anxiety around dental procedures and will treat you with respect, kindness and understanding. Dr John Cropley is well-known as one of the gentlest dentists in the Nelson Bay area and the team is experienced with treating patients that are anxious about their visit to the dentist or even suffer from dentophobia. Book a consultation or call us on 02 4981 3114 today — you might just be surprised at how easy it is!

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Dentist Dr John Cropley

Dr John Cropley

John is the principal dentist at Tomaree Dentistry in Nelson Bay. He graduated in Dentistry from the University of Adelaide and is a long-standing member of the Australian Dental Association (ADA). He is known for his gentle, calm and caring manner and offers services in prevention-based dentistry, emergency care, cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry including endodontics.

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