#8 Complicated Crown Fracture Multiple teeth may be involved when trauma occurs, not just the one that looks most damaged. Complications from trauma include pulpal necrosis (nerve death), internal resorption, external inflammatory resorption, external replacement resorption and ankylosis. It is important to have testing done by your dentist or an endodontist to determine [...]
Posterior teeth may develop cracks (fractures) after years of use, especially with a history of large fillings. Symptoms of cracked teeth include sensitivity to cold and pain to chewing that some patients describe as a shock or jolt when biting. If the nerve has not been damaged too badly then a cuspal coverage restoration (onlay [...]
There are several types of root resorption that may affect teeth. One aggressive form is called invasive cervical resorption (ICR) and is usually found on radiographic examination by your dentist. Patients commonly do not experience symptoms until very late stages of the disease when treatment options become much more difficult. Treatment usually involves both root [...]
Even with ideal root canal therapy there may be persistent infection in a small number of patients. Fortunately there are options to still save natural teeth. Endodontic surgery is aimed at complex areas at the end of roots to help eliminate any remaining bacteria. The procedure is performed with the aid of a microscope to [...]
Root canal therapy can save many natural teeth, but sometimes the tooth itself is not strong enough to support chewing on it for years to come. The guideline used to assess this is called ferrule, and means we need 360 degrees of healthy tooth structure of 1.5-2.0mm height to predictably retain a crown [...]
It is important to follow up with your general dentist after root canal therapy has been completed. They would like to know your symptoms have been resolved and seal the tooth with a definitive restoration. The filling and crown will prevent leakage and re-contamination of the tooth to prevent problems in the future. [...]
East Hill Endodontics new website has launched. Check out the pages to get an overview of Endodontic services, patients may fill out forms prior to their appointment, and referring offices can submit an online referral. Visit our office to see how the latest technology and techniques are able to save more natural teeth.
Remember, it is NORMAL to feel discomfort in the area that was worked on for a few days to weeks. If the recommended dosage of ibuprofen or acetaminophen is not adequately controlling your discomfort speak with Dr. McNamara about other options to keep you comfortable. Please contact us if you are having an issue that [...]
Digital x-rays decrease the amount of radiation needed to take images of your teeth. They also eliminate waiting time for x-rays to develop which shortens the length of your appointment. They can be enlarged and enhanced for viewing on a computer, so you can see the images used for diagnosing your discomfort.