Non-surgical endodontics used to be called a "root canal" until the American Association of Endodontists redesignated it "Non-surgical Endodontic Therapy." It is the same thing, same basic process, same materials. Instrumentation, irrigation and filling techniques have changed enough to have alleviated a lot of the "experiences" folks used to have with "root canal" treatment so the specialty decided to give the procedure a new name.
Among the most important and simple tools in maintaining oral health is the daily use of dental floss.
Brushing too hard or too vigorously. You may think that the harder you brush, the more plaque you will tackle. Doing so may actually be doing more harm than good to your tooth enamel as well as your gums.
Third molars, or wisdom teeth, should generally erupt when a patient is between 18 and 21 years of age. If there is sufficient room in the jaw, these teeth will erupt normally and will function normally in a patient’s bite.
Up until the 1950’s, if the nerve of a tooth became infected due to dental caries, a fracture or trauma, it was necessary to extract the tooth. Over the past half century, tremendous advances have been made in root canal therapy. The goal of root canal therapy is to remove the infected nerve, clean, irrigate and sterilize the remaining canal and fill the canal with an inert material known as gutta- percha. In this way, the canal is sealed preventing further infection and allowing the patient to retain their tooth.
Among the most severe pains known to man is the acute toothache. Teeth hurt due to inflammation in the dental nerve or pulp which is called a pulpitis. The initial signs of a pulpitis are:
Periodontal disease or gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. In fact, over 90% of Americans have periodontal disease to one degree or another. Periodontal disease can effect patients of all ages, though it tends to present itself most in patients between the ages of 30 and 60. In most cases, the progress of the disease is very slow and in many cases is asymptomatic. The effects of gum disease can be wide spread, causing harm to the supporting structures of the teeth, which include the gum and the supporting bone. The only way to effectively prevent gum disease is to maintain meticulous oral hygiene and to commit to a routine schedule of regular visits to your dentist. The key to the treatment of gum disease is early diagnosis with preventative care that will stop the progress of the disease process.
Oral pain can happen to anyone at any age, and occurs for a wide variety of reasons. While some causes of oral pain are mild in scope, others can cause serious, almost unbearable pain. While many types of oral pain will respond to medications, these drugs will not treat the cause of the pain. Though oral pains are caused by very different problems, they all share one aspect in common: Every tooth ache needs to be investigated by your dentist as soon as possible in order to treat the cause of the pain and protect smiles from further permanent harm.