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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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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