Archive for February, 2013

Root Canal Aftercare Tips


Root canals are not as complex or painful as the procedure’s reputation would indicate, but they do require some temporary changes to your home dental care to ensure complete healing. Immediately following a root canal you may have some minor pain and swelling, which you can easily manage with over-the-counter medication and rest. The procedure itself should not be painful at all, and you will probably experience less pain as you heal than you had when the tooth was infected.

Take one day to rest

It is best to take it easy for the rest of the day following your procedure, especially if you were sedated for the root canal with oral medication or an IV. You may feel drowsy and have some slight soreness or tooth sensitivity, so extra rest will help you get back to your normal routine within a day.

Use anti-inflammatory medication

Before you have your root canal, you should make sure that you have ibuprofen, aspirin, or naproxen at home. These are all available over-the-counter, and they should be sufficient to control pain and swelling resulting from your root canal. Any of the medications listed will work, so you can choose the one you prefer and use it as directed. If you still have pain or experience severe discomfort in spite of using medication, you should call the dentist right away.

Avoid chewing on the treated tooth

After a root canal, you may need a crown to preserve the structure of the tooth. The permanent crown will not be applied until the root canal has fully healed, and you should avoid putting pressure on the treated tooth until this point.

If you need a root canal to restore the health of your smile, you can trust Dr. John Carson for the most comfortable and accurate treatment possible. You can see the advanced technology used for our patient care by visiting our website, or make an appointment for your restorative care at (520) 514-7203. 

For More About Oral Care, Visit These Sites



When your dentist is invested in the latest equipment and technology for restorative, cosmetic, and preventive care, you can get the smile you want without the hassle of long visits to the dentist’s office and outdated treatments. At the office of Dr. John Carson, DDS, we proudly feature CEREC same-day crowns, Diagnodent laser cavity detection, and intraoral cameras to provide every patient with comfortable, quick care that creates a more beautiful smile.

  • If you break a tooth during your daily activities, you can find tips for preserving your tooth and seeking proper care at
  • This slideshow from the Mayo Clinic details the steps of the root canal procedure to help you understand why this type of care is needed.
  • You can compare different materials used for dental restorations with this helpful chart from the American Dental Association.
  • can offer you a closer look at the most common dental restorations used to save smiles from a wide range of dental issues.
  • Do you need a dental crown but can’t fit the procedure into your schedule? This article from ABC News will show you how CEREC crowns can eliminate this problem.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Carson and explore your specific dental care needs, call (520) 514-7203 or visit our practice online. 

How Stress Can Affect Your Oral Health


Stress is a fact of life that everyone must deal with, and it can affect your oral health if you do not manage it. As this video explains, bruxism is a common problem that arises when stress becomes an issue. Over time, bruxism or tooth grinding can lead to serious complications like tooth decay from worn enamel, headaches, and pain in the jaw. Controlling stress with healthy habits will reduce the urge to grind teeth and help you maintain better oral health.

If tooth grinding is a problem for you, Dr. John Carson, DDS can help you take control of this issue. Schedule an appointment at our high-tech Tucson practice by calling (520) 514-7203 or visiting our website. 

Who Can Benefit from CEREC Porcelain Crowns?

If you have a cracked or chipped tooth, it can become a serious issue in the appearance and function of your smile. Crowns are a common type of dental restoration to prevent these issues, but treatment with them often includes messy impressions, temporary crowns, and multiple visits to the dentist’s office before the permanent restoration is cast and applied to the tooth. CEREC eliminates these inconvenient aspects of treatment with dental crowns, and it is the ideal restoration choice for the groups listed below:

Patients with busy schedules

CEREC crowns are created in just a few minutes right in the dentist’s office, so even patients who do not have much time to get in for an appointment can get the restorations they need. Not all dentists offer this sophisticated technology for quick and accurately fitted crowns, so it is important to visit a practice invested in saving you time in your dental care.

Patients with dental anxiety

Conventional bite impressions can be messy and uncomfortable for patients—particularly those suffering with dental anxiety. CEREC takes the fear and discomfort out of dental crown treatment, because it uses clean digital impressions that use precise measurements of the bite to create a crown that fits perfectly in your smile.

Patients concerned about aesthetics

CEREC technology uses all-porcelain restorations, which can be both durable and natural looking. The accurate fit of digitally milled crowns also creates a more aesthetically pleasing result for CEREC restorations.

To discover more about how CEREC porcelain crowns can enhance your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. John Carson, DDS. Dr. Carson is proud to feature the most advanced treatment and diagnostic technologies in our practice so that every patient will have something to smile about. You can make an appointment for your CEREC consultation with us on our website or at (520) 514-7203.