Root Canal Therapy: Improvements Over the Years

Root Canal Therapy: Improvements Over the Years I learned about root canal therapy in dental school and many years ago.  Early in my career I practiced dentistry in the Army and honed my endodontic skills.  In recent years I have referred root canal cases to an endodontist (root canal specialist) I personally needed a root canal a couple of months ago, and I want to report on the changes and...

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A DENTAL IMPLANT: WHAT CAN GO WRONG BEFORE YOU RECEIVE YOUR IMPLANT CROWN?

A dental implant: what can go wrong before you receive the crown on your implant? For those not familiar with dental implants, here’s some basic information:  Once the tooth has been removed and the bone in the area is stable, an implant usually made out of titanium, is placed in the area. This is a tubular shaped rod with a threaded incline in the middle of the rod. During the healing...

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DENTAL PAIN: DO I NEED A ROOT CANAL?

Dental Pain: Do I need a root canal?   Maybe and maybe not.  Whether you need a root canal or not depends on presenting symptoms and situations.   A patient was recently referred to me with a toothache. She is a friend, about 50 years old, whom I’ve never treated professionally. The x-rays did not indicate that there was anything immediately obvious requiring endodontic therapy. It...

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ROOT CANAL: POSSIBLE HEALTH ISSUES

Root Canal: Possible Health Issues   One of my patients of over 10 years came in today complaining of some soreness around a tooth, especially when she chewed or pushed on it. She has experienced this soreness for 3 weeks. We took a periapical x-ray (shows the end of the root) and noticed a radiolucency (dark area around the root) which indicates that the nerve is dead. So, what is she to...

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Save That Tooth

Dental Emergencies:  MY TOOTH WAS KNOCKED OUT Your 9 year old is out playing, gets hit in the mouth and a front tooth pops out, root and all.  WOW!!! So what do you do? According to Wikipedia ,FOR A PERMANENT TOOTH, place the tooth in a glass of milk.  DO NOT CLEAN IT OFF — there are important cells on the root surface that will help the tooth reattach to the bone.  Try to get to...

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WHAT’S NEW IN DENTISTRY?

WHAT’S NEW IN DENTISTRY? I’ve been practicing over 30 years.  In that time I’ve seen wonderful improvements in dentistry which were only a dream back then.  Silver amalgam fillings have been replaced by  esthetic fillings.  Front teeth can be made to look beautiful with the improved porcelains.  We can replace teeth predictably with implants.  The technology with digital...

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