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How Does a Pulpotomy Differ From a Pulpectomy?
Posted on 4/20/2018 by Surprise Smiles Office
If you are experiencing an extreme pain in your tooth, but you do not know or see any signs of cavities or decay, then it might be a pulp injury or a pulp infection. This kind of situation leads to excruciating pain, tooth sensitivity and swelling of your gums. This dental problem focuses on the pulp of your tooth, which is located at the root or the center of your tooth that is made up of nerves, tissues, and blood vessels. This is why a pulp problem is so painful. There are two dental procedures that can help save your tooth, which are the pulpotomy and pulpectomy, but, what is the difference? Pulpotomy vs. Pulpectomy Both of these dental procedures are forms of pulp therapy, but there is a slight difference. Pulpotomy is a form of pulp therapy that is administered by dentists if the problem remains isolated on a particular part of pulp alone. This means that there are no decays and severe injuries present on the pulp root and other areas of the teeth. Pulpotomy includes the removal of the affected pulp, which aims to treat and restore the affected tooth. To do this, a gap inside the tooth will be the result and this will be filled with a therapeutic material that will block any infection. So, what is pulpectomy? The process is still the same. Drill, remove, and fill. However, a pulpectomy is required if the entire tooth pulp is already affected. Severe tooth decay and tooth injuries will not be restored and treated by the pulpotomy, which means that pulpectomy is already needed. Which One Do You Need? To determine what type of dental procedure you need, we will run some series of X rays to determine if the infection, injury, and decay is severe or mild. Once the problem is determined, the right pulp therapy will be given. Still confused? No worries, we got your back. Save your teeth and save your smile! Contact us today!...
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How a Root Canal Can Save Your Tooth
Posted on 4/10/2018 by Surprise Smiles Office
Do you have damaged teeth? Are your teeth and gums at a higher risk of getting cavities and infections due to lifestyle choices or medical conditions? When decay and infection spread into the core of a tooth, the pain can start to become unbearable. A root canal might be the ideal solution for you. Root canals are one of the most popular dental procedures of all time. However, there are still people who do not know how a root canal works and how it can actually save a tooth. Some people are even considering tooth extraction rather than a root canal. For the record, both procedures are considered safe. However, a root canal should always be the first option to avoid your whole tooth getting pulled out. Save Your Teeth, Save Your Smile A root canal may take a lot of time, but it is all worth it. You will have to undergo several tests and X rays to locate the decay in your tooth before undergoing a root canal. There is no need to worry about the pain because local anesthesia will be administered before the procedure starts. Through the process of a pulpectomy, a root canal repairs or removes a damaged area of the tooth that can cause cavities and gum infection. This process can also rid of any decay and prevent your tooth to be fully damaged. A decaying tooth will most likely spread and affect its neighboring teeth. Recovery After the procedure, your tooth that had undergone the procedure will still have the same function. The aftercare is not complicated and the recovery time is not that long. In most cases, there will be no bleeding and excessive swelling. If you are experiencing tooth pain and think that you could benefit from a root canal, please do not hesitate to call us today!...
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Types of Bone Grafting Materials
Posted on 3/20/2018 by Andrew Zeiger
If you have missing teeth and have been thinking of acquiring dental implants, you may be required to undergo a bone augmentation procedure. This happens when it is determined that your jawbone does not have the required dimensions to support a new implant. Bone grafting involves the use of material from a different part of the body, or the use of specially designed grafting materials that fuse to the jawbone to improve its density and structure. Here are some of the well-known types of grafting materials commonly used in dentistry today. Autologous This is a type of grafting that involves the transfer of bone material from a different location in the body. The bone may be extracted from a nonessential bone. Since the bone is derived from the same individual the risk of rejection is lower. However, this means that the patient will have to undergo additional surgeries to acquire the required bone material needed for grafting. The main drawback of this type of grafting is that the patient could be at a greater risk of complications and may require a longer recovery period. Allografts This is bone acquired from the human body, but the patient gets the material from a donor rather than from his own body. The material must be sterilized to prevent the transmission of infections and deactivate active protein compounds. However, the extent of sterilization can minimize its osteoconductive properties which contain growth factors which facilitate contains important biological factors that help to facilitate growth. Synthetic Materials The bone can regenerate if it has the space and the growth factors that will enable it to grow. For synthetic dental bone grafts a material that mimics the chemical structure of the bone is used. Over time it will stimulate the bone to regrow and the synthetic material will dissolve. The main advantage of synthetic materials is that there is no need for multiple surgical procedures, and the risk of disease transfer is minimized. If you have any questions about dental implants or bone grafts, don't hesitate to call us today....
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All Posts:

How Does a Pulpotomy Differ From a Pulpectomy?
4/20/2018
How a Root Canal Can Save Your Tooth
4/10/2018
Types of Bone Grafting Materials
3/20/2018
Treating a Jaw That Grew Unevenly
3/10/2018
Questions to Ask Your Oral Surgeon Before Getting Oral Surgery
2/20/2018
Piercings Can Easily Get Infected - What Signs to Watch Out For
2/10/2018
Signs You Need to Speak with an Oral Surgeon for TMD
1/20/2018
Checking for Oral Cancer Between Visits to the Oral Surgeon
1/10/2018
How to Spot Signs of Bruxism in Yourself
12/20/2017
How to Maintain Oral Health Following Oral Surgery
12/10/2017
Things You May Do that Cause Your Own TMJ Pain
11/23/2017
The Connection Between Unhealthy Teeth and Ringing in Your Ears
11/13/2017
Do You Have an Infection After Oral Surgery?
10/20/2017
Do Overbites Require Repair or Can They be Left?
10/10/2017
Dealing with a Broken Tooth Until You Can Be Seen
9/20/2017
Managing Mouth Pain at Home Before Getting to Your Dentist
9/10/2017
Benefits of Not Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted
8/20/2017
Are Lumps Inside Your Mouth Normal?
8/10/2017
Mouth Guards Reduce Potential Damage for Those Suffering from Bruxism
7/31/2017
Is Eating a Soft Diet for Too Long After Oral Surgery a Problem?
7/20/2017
How an Oral Biopsy is Performed
6/20/2017
Do You Have TMJ Issues That Need Treatment?
6/10/2017
What Should You Do if You Have an Overbite?
5/20/2017
What are the Signs That You Have an Impacted Tooth?
5/10/2017
Is a Custom Mouth Guard in Your Future?
4/20/2017
How Yogurt Can Help You Recover from Oral Surgery
4/10/2017
Should You Opt for Teeth in a Day?
3/20/2017
How to Handle Graft Pain
3/10/2017
Why You May Want to Keep Your Wisdom Teeth
2/20/2017
When You Need Surgery for a Tooth Abscess
2/10/2017
What to Know Before Oral Surgery
1/20/2017
Healing After Implant Surgery - What to Know
1/10/2017
Reducing Swelling Following a Tooth Extraction
12/20/2016
Recovering from an Oral Cancer Biopsy
12/10/2016
How Common is Dental Implant Rejection?
11/20/2016
Can Your Oral Surgeon Treat Your Apnea?
11/10/2016
Can Your Broken Tooth Be Surgically Repaired?
10/20/2016
Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
10/10/2016
Fixing an Underbite
9/20/2016
Defining Impacted Teeth
9/10/2016
Jaw Pain After a Car Accident, This Might Be the Cause
8/23/2016
How to Recover Immediately Following Oral Surgery
8/13/2016
What is Orthognathic Surgery?
7/30/2016
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