Ballantyne Endodontics

Top Dental Habits to Help Save Your Natural Teeth

You only have one set of adult teeth. These teeth need to last you for the majority of your life. When you think about it, most other cells within your body replicate and repair itself. Your teeth, though, these are forever. That means you need to take care of them. With the top dental habits, you’ll prolong the life of your chompers. Read the rest of this entry »

What Causes Teeth to Crack?

A cracked tooth is serious. It doesn’t matter if you just discovered it or if it happened out of the blue, you need to have it addressed right away. This is because a cracked tooth will only become worse and worse. The crack will continue to split and, sooner or later, the tooth will completely break apart. This not only may ruin the tooth, but it can be especially painful when the nerve endings inside the tooth are exposed (don’t worry, this is where teeth savers come in). Read the rest of this entry »

What Is a Pulpotomy?

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Are you wondering what a pulpotomy is? Perhaps you came across the term when searching your particular symptoms, or you saw it in literature at your dentist’s office. However, you came across the term, Ballantyne Endodontics is here with the answers to your questions. Read the rest of this entry »

Patient Story: When X-Rays Aren’t Enough

By: Dr. Sonia Chopra

The saying goes “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” And in dentistry I say, “Don’t judge a tooth by its x-ray.”  Also, don’t assume the worst — give things a chance.  That’s how I practice endodontics. I never say “never”, and I always give teeth a chance. I won’t know if a treatment is going to work until I try.  This philosophy that I live by served one of my patients well!

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Root Canal Post-Op Care

Dental surgery: no one really wants to go through it. Even though the thought of root canal treatment is less than pleasant, you can alleviate some of your concerns by being well informed. Let’s take a few minutes to look at what happens once your root canal procedure is over. Read the rest of this entry »

Patient Case: Saving a Child’s Tooth Trauma

I have a story to share with you about a young boy who knocked out (avulsed) his front tooth when playing with a friend. When the accident happened his mom was frantic and couldn’t find a dentist who could help them immediately.

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A Look at Why Dentists Refer Their Patients to Endodontists

Dentist ChairsIf you are having tooth pain, there is a good chance your dentist will refer you out to an endodontist. Although these specialists only make up three percent of the dental field, they play a major role in helping people maintain their dental health. Their expertise comes into play when the dental pulp inside the teeth requires care. Using high-tech tools and proven practices, they can restore the condition of the tooth, eliminating the need for extraction. Read the rest of this entry »

Patient Case: Give (Natural) Teeth a Chance

My patient, a 28 year old woman, came to me for a second opinion. Her tooth had been previously treated with a root canal, and now she was having pain when she bit down. She’d already been to another endodontist, and they had told her that there was nothing that could be done to save her tooth.

In this x-ray, the tooth on the right with the white area shows the previous root canal treatment and filling. This patient was not willing to give up her tooth so quickly, and so she sought out another opinion – mine.

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5 Signs You May Need a Root Canal

It’s quite common to hear the term “root canal” and worry – after all, it sounds like an invasive procedure. Yet, the process is one that can restore health and strength to your teeth. It’s a process that’s often needed. Do you need one? Take a look at these 5 signs to see. 

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GentleWave vs. Traditional Root Canal Treatment

It’s a fact – root canals can help repair and save teeth that are infected or badly decayed. Many people who need a root canal are afraid of the procedure, mainly because they have heard it can be uncomfortable. Fortunately, a new root canal procedure, known as GentleWave®, can help people get the dental treatment they need comfortably and conveniently.

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