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Wrapping Up Root Canal Awareness Week

As we find ourselves on the final day of Root Canal Awareness Week, we would like to take this opportunity to do exactly what the week was designed for – to provide you with more knowledge of the Root Canal Process. There are many common theories and misconceptions about what exactly the root canal process entails, and exactly how it is performed. The following fun hand drawn diagram does a great job of explaining the process simply and succinctly. We hope that this week we helped demystify the root canal process for you, be sure to check back regularly on our blog to learn even more about this important process that could save your teeth, and your smile!  

How CBCT Helps Endodontists Expose the Source of Tooth Pain

As we continue to celebrate Root Canal Awareness week, our hope is to help “demystify” the Root Canal process. Today we share with you this interesting video explaining one of the most common – and extremely high-tech and interesting – solutions we use every day here at York Hill Endodontics. CBCT, or “Cone Beam Computed Tomography“, helps us see very fine details inside your teeth to assist us in providing the best diagnosis and treatment options available to you. Watch this video and learn more about how we use this innovative 3-D imaging technology to help relieve your pain and save your tooth.

It’s Root Canal Awareness Week!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a superhero, here to save your tooth! The beginning of a root canal procedure means the end of tooth pain. Scheduling a root canal with an endodontist, a specialist with advanced training, means you’ll be meeting with a superhero of saving teeth. During a root canal procedure, an endodontist removes inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the root canal, then fills and seals the space. Afterward, you will return to your dentist, who will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. Root Canal Awareness Week celebrates this tooth-saving procedure and the endodontists responsible for saving teeth. While general dentists know how to perform root canals, endodontists spend two extra years in training focusing solely on endodontic procedures. Starting to see how an endodontist is a superhero of saving teeth? There’s more to it than masks, capes and weapons against bacteria. With great power comes great responsibility: to change the way root canals are perceived so we can save even more teeth. This is where you — citizen, patient — come in. So join our legion and be an […]

The Benefits of Saving Your Natural Tooth

When your tooth is hurting due to an infection, you may be wondering if you should get it fixed and save your tooth or replace it with an implant. Before you decide on the latter option, consider that an implant will never replace your natural tooth. An implant, though new and and shiny white is something you should consider only if your tooth cannot be saved. There are several options for a tooth that has decayed: If the damage is not extensive, a root canal treatment may be performed. The tooth may also be extracted and replaced with a synthetic tooth that is implanted. When an implant is not an option, then dentures are used. The least desired solution is extraction without replacement, which will leave a hole in your mouth. Benefits of Your Natural Tooth From our experience, there is no better implant than the natural tooth. Saving your natural tooth has several benefits that cannot be received from dental implants. By saving your natural tooth, you maintain the natural structure of your mouth and jaw allowing you to continue chewing normally. When you replace a tooth with an implant, sometimes the implant does not fill the space completely. […]

How is a Root Canal Done?

Infected teeth can result in severe pain, swelling and in some cases even death if the infection spreads to the bloodstream or other areas of the body. It wasn’t all that long ago when the only choice was to pull an infected tooth to avoid further health complications, but that’s no longer the case. Today, a successful root canal treatment, otherwise known as endodontic treatment, lets you keep the tooth rather than lose it for good. Keeping your tooth helps to prevent your other teeth from drifting out of line and causing jaw problems. Saving a natural tooth also avoids having to replace it with an artificial tooth. If you’re nervous about your upcoming root canal treatment, there’s no reason to fret. Let’s take a look at how exactly this common dental procedure is done. Who Performs A Root Canal Treatment? While root canal procedures are taught in all dental schools and  is usually performed by your general dentist, in some cases, you may be referred to an endodontist if your dentist does not do root canals or if the tooth presents with unusual circumstances. Most root canals are  very simple and straightforward (for the dentist) but some teeth can have […]