What Happens To The Damaged Pulp?

by Dr. James Springer 19. October 2013 09:56
When the pulp is diseased or injured and unable to repair itself, the pulp dies and infection set in at the root tip. The most common cause of pulp damage is a tooth fracture or a deep cavity that exposes the pulp to saliva. The bacteria found in saliva causes infection inside the tooth. Left untrea... [More]

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Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizers

by Dr. James Springer 14. October 2013 12:44
Many otc (over the counter) hand sanitizers are alcohol based.  The biggest problem I've noticed is the percent of alcohol concentrations varies.  Many contain approximently 40% alcohol.  Studies indicate 40% ethanol is less effective bacterial antiseptic than 60% ethanol.  Consu... [More]

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What is Dental Pulp?

by Dr. James Springer 6. October 2013 10:54
The pulp is a soft tissue that contains the nerves, arteries, veins and lymph vessels of a tooth.  It lies within the dentin, the bone-like tissue that supports the enamel.  Within the dentin, the pulp extends from the pulp chamber in the crown (the portion of the tooth visible above the g... [More]

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What is Endondontics?

by Dr. James Springer 28. September 2013 16:34
Endodontics is the area of dentistry concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatement of disorders of the dental pulp (the tooth's soft core).  Years ago, teeth with diseased or injured pulps were extracted.  Today, endodontic treatment gives dentists a safe means of saving teeth.

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Are there different types of bridges?

by Dr. James Springer 16. August 2013 11:06
In some instances, a resin-bonded, frequently called a "Maryland Bridge," can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. Because the bridge is attached by a special procedure called bonding, it doesn't require the use of crowns or extensive tooth preparartion. Your dentist can determine whether t... [More]

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Why do I need a bridge

by Dr. James Springer 9. August 2013 13:46
Your appearance, dental health and the proper functioning of your mouth are all important reasons for wearing a bridge.  A bridge helps maintain the natural shape of your  face and may help support your lips and cheeks.  The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your f... [More]

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How to take care of my bridge

by Dr. James Springer 5. August 2013 09:12
It is very important to keep your remaining teeth healthy.  Brush at least twice an day and clean between the teeth with floss or interdental cleaners.  These measures help remove a sticky film of bacteria called plaque.  Plaque causes gum disease and dental decay.  A bridge can ... [More]

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Bridges

by Dr. James Springer 27. July 2013 12:17
Bridges are a fixed structure that is commonly cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth.  A false tooth ( called a pontic) replaces the lost tooth. The pontic is atted to the crowns (restorations that cover a tooth).  Crowns, which are cemented onto the nat... [More]

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Teething

by Dr. James Springer 19. July 2013 09:12
The discomfort of teeth coming into the mouth can cause your baby to become irratable.  You can ease some of the deiscomfort by lightly rubbing the gums of the baby with a finger or wet cloth.  A cool teething ring can also help soothe the baby's gums.  When the first teeth appe... [More]

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The importance of flossing

by Dr. James Springer 6. July 2013 12:57
Flossing is one of the easiest, quickest ways to remove bad bacteria from your body.  Plaque and bacteria are constantly building up in your mouth where brushing only can not reach.  If plaque accumulates, it eats away the bone that supports your teeth.  Oral bacteria can inter your b... [More]

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