Patient Education

Our Online Dental Education Library

Dr. McGuffie strengthens his professional relationships with his patients by encouraging them to become informed and educated. This ensures that together you and Dr. McGuffie can make the best decisions for your treatment needs.  Please browse our dental library to learn more about dental conditions and treatments available. If you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment, please contact us.  An informed patient is a healthy patient.

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Take Steps to Save an Incoming Tooth's Place to Avoid a Poor Bite
... Depending on the state of your child's jaw development, it may be advisable to attempt saving the tooth through a filling or, in the case of deep decay, a modified root canal treatment...

Why do I need a Crown?
...      Other things that can weaken a tooth are very large existing fillings that are failing, previous Root Canal Treatment, or a tooth with a large amount of decay...

Treating a Young, Permanent Tooth Requires a Different Approach
...For example, a decayed adult tooth may need a root canal treatment; but this standard treatment would often be the wrong choice for a child’s tooth...

Not all Dental Crowns Share the Same Quality of Life-Likeness
...Crowns are artificial caps that cover an entire visible tooth, often used for heavily decayed or damaged teeth or as added protection after a root canal treatment...

An Infected or Injured Primary Tooth Can Be Saved - but it's Complicated
...If it were an adult tooth, the best course might be a root canal treatment: access the pulp, clear out the diseased tissue, and then fill the space with a special filling...

(Don't) Break It Like Beckham
... But if the damage exposes the soft inner pulp of the tooth, root canal treatment will be needed to save the tooth...

Dental Visits are Key to Detecting Early Developing Tooth Decay
... Even if decay gets a foothold we can effectively stop it and restore a tooth with a root canal treatment or a similar procedure...

Porcelain Veneers Might not be the Best Option for Teenagers
...If that happens, we may need to perform a root canal treatment to save the tooth—also not an optimal situation for a developing tooth...

Here's What you Need to Know about a Root Canal Treatment
A root canal treatment is a common procedure performed by dentists and endodontists (specialists for inner tooth problems)...

Preserving the Pulp is Priority One with a Newly Erupted Permanent Tooth
...To prevent or stop any infection, we would normally perform a root canal treatment in which we remove the pulp tissue and fill the empty pulp chamber and root canals...

A Root Canal Treatment Will Improve Your Health, Not Harm It
...A root canal treatment stops the infection before it goes this far...

4 Supposed Health Dangers in Dental Care That Aren't Dangerous
...The idea, though, has been thoroughly disproved, most recently by a 2013 oral cancer study that found not only no evidence of increased cancer, but an actual decrease in cancer risk following root canal treatment...

Why Alfonso Ribeiro Is Grateful for Root Canal Treatment
...Once infection gets a foothold there, it's time for root canal treatment! In this procedure, the area is first numbed; next, a small hole is made in the tooth to give access to the pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels...

Get an Early Start Treating Root Resorption Before it's Too Late
...If ECR has spread toward the pulp, the tooth's inner nerve center, we may also need to perform a root canal treatment...

What Really Happens During a Root Canal Treatment
...Then comes the good news: your dentist believes the tooth can be rescued with a root canal treatment...