Posts made in January, 2018


How do I Know if my Root Canal has been Successful? A successful root canal is not painful (it may take some days to settle as the dentist will have instrumented and aggravated the tissues around the end of the tooth). There are no symptoms or tenderness and mobility has not increased. There is no draining sinus present and ligament surrounding the tooth appears normal. If a radiograph (X-ray) shows that the dark area around the root...

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New high-tech treatments may be able to repair cavities without fillings and even regrow entire teeth. From fluoride toothpaste to dental sealants, science has brought all sorts of tools for fighting tooth decay — and yet 91% of Americans between 20 and 64 years of age are affected by dental caries. But provocative new research suggests that cell-stimulating medications can “trick” teeth into repairing themselves. If these “small...

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Root canal treatment is used to save teeth which would otherwise need to be removed. It is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury: The infection can cause an abscess. ❓ What is an abscess, and what causes it? ❗  “Sometimes, due to trauma or decay the “nerve” inside the tooth dies off. Any passing bacteria find this a source of nourishment and proceed to munch on the...

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