Archive for December, 2012

Endodontics

Endodontics is the branch of dentistry concerning dental pulp and tissues surrounding the roots of a tooth.  Endodontic treatment, or root canal treatment, treats the soft pulp tissue inside the tooth.  An endodontist is a dentist who specialized in saving teeth.  Endodontists become specialists by completing two or more years of advanced training in endodontics following dental school.  They perform routine as well as difficult and very complex endodontic procedures, including root canal treatment, endodontic surgery and special procedures to save teeth after traumatic dental injuries.  By saving your tooth, an endodontist can help you keep your natural smile, so you can continue to eat your favorite foods and maintain your overall health.  Nothing looks, feels or functions like your natural tooth.  For more information about root canals and other endodontic treatment, talk to your dentist.

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LANAP

If you have gum disease, surgical intervention is usually necessary to eliminate the deep pockets which develop between the teeth and gums.  LANAP is a progressive technique using a specialized laser to destroy the bacteria, and alter the tissue so that it has the opportunity to heal.  The use of the laser is less invasive than traditional scaled surgery, and results in a much faster and less painful recovery.  The steps for LANAP are:

***the depth of pocket is measured under anesthesia

***laser selectively removes pocket lining

***ultrasonic instruments clean root surfaces

***laser disinfects pocket and seals the wound

***tissue is compressed against the tooth

***bite is adjusted through selective grinding

*** and the Healing results in new attachment

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Dental Implants VS Fixed Dental Bridges

Dental Implants are actually a series of procedures used to recreate a missing tooth. The key part of a dental implant is the initial titanium implant which sits in the original tooth’s bone pocket. A fixed dental bridge is a non- removable prosthesis attached to remaining natural teeth.  Bridges can present some problems for the surrounding teeth.  They may make the teeth more prone to bacterial plaque, decay, gum disease, and the need for future root canals.  When deciding to get dental implants or dental bridges, of course cost should be discussed.  At first glance, it appears the a bridge is the more economical route, with total fees for a typical implant starting at the top end of the cost for a fixed bridge and ending a couple thousand dollars higher.  But when comparing cost versus value, the dental implant is more cost effective and the better long term treatment option.Discuss your decision making with your dentist.

 

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