Why Remove the Teeth Early?

by Dr. James Springer 8. February 2014 07:39
People between the ages of 16 and 19 should have their wisdom teeth evaluated.  If they need to be removed, it should be considered before age 20 when generally fewer complications occur.  At a younger age, tooth roots are not fully developed, the surrounding bone is softer, and there is l... [More]

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Why Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

by Dr. James Springer 24. January 2014 11:14
I'm asked frequently as to why do I need my wisdom teeth removed?  They do not hurt me, so why have them removed? Extraction of third molars can protect the overall of the mouth.  It is generally recomended when the following conditions occur: 1)   Wisdom teeth only partiall... [More]

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Why Do Wisdom Teeth Cause Problems?

by Dr. James Springer 17. January 2014 12:15
Wisdom teeth that are healthy and properly positioned can be a valuable asset to the mouth.  Unfortunately, this is often not the case,and problems develope that require their removal.  For example, when the jaw is not large enough to accommodate these teeth, they can become impacted ... [More]

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Prescription of Dietary Fluoride Supplements for Caries Prevention

by Dr. James Springer 7. January 2014 13:14
Experts collaboration with staff of the ADA center for Evidence-based Dentistry, conducted a MEDLINE search to identify publications that addressed the research questions: systematic reviews as well as clincal studies published on such issues. Dietary fluoride supplements should be prescribed onl... [More]

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Higher Oral Bacteria Population May Cause Bad Breath

by Dr. James Springer 20. December 2013 07:52
Unhealthy patterns of bacteria established in the mouth (not poor oral hygiene) may be cause of bad breath.  Reasearchers found that one group had noticeably lower levels of sulfur compounds but higher levels of bacterial levels.  The results of this investigation clearly demonstrate that ... [More]

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How Long Will the Restored Endodontic Teeth Last ?

by Dr. James Springer 23. November 2013 15:18
Your endodontically treated and restored tooth could last a lifetime, if you continue to care for your teeth and gums.  As long as the root(s) of an endodontically treated tooth is properly nourished by the surrounding tissues, your  tooth will remain healthy.   Trivia: The fir... [More]

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Why couldn't you just remove the tooth?

by Dr. James Springer 15. November 2013 07:40
The choice is yours, but there are many disadvantages to losing a tooth.  When a tooth is removed and not replaced, the teeth next to the empty space begin to shift from their position.  This may cause teeth to become crooked or crownded, which decrease chewing and biting efficiency. ... [More]

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What material will be used for the crown?

by Dr. James Springer 8. November 2013 15:04
The type of material used for the crown will depend on where the tooth is located in your mouth, the color of the tooth and the amount of natural tooth remaining.  A front tooth that affects appearance, for instance, most likely will be restored with a porcelain or a porcelain-fused-to-metal cr... [More]

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Why does the pulp need to be removed when damaged?

by Dr. James Springer 1. November 2013 09:23
If the damaged or diseased pulp is not removed, the tooth and surrounding tissues become infected,  pain and swelling may accompany the infection.  Even in the absence of pain, certain byproducts of a diseased pulp can injure the bone that anchors your tooth in the jaw.  Without endod... [More]

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What does endodontic treatment involve?

by Dr. James Springer 26. October 2013 13:53
Treatment usually requires from one to three appointments. During these treatments, your dentist or a specialist called endodontist removes the diseased pulp.  The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned, shaped, filled and sealed to prevent recontamination of the root cana... [More]

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