Ballantyne Endodontics

How Long Will a Root Canal Treatment Last?

Root canal treatment.

Today, root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment (“endo” – inside; “odont” – tooth), will save your natural tooth and allow you to keep it functional for decades if not a lifetime. But just as no two people are the same, teeth also vary widely, so that the success of root canal treatment depends on many factors. Before we explore some of the most important ones, let’s talk about what root canal treatment is, and why you need it.

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Be Prepared for Dental Emergencies

Accidents happen, and knowing what to do when one occurs can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth.

For all dental emergencies, it’s important to visit your dentist as soon as possible. Most dentists reserve time in their daily schedules for emergency patients so be sure to call your dentist and provide as much detail as you can about your condition. If the accident occurs when your dental office is not open, visit your local emergency room.

Here are some common dental emergencies and how to deal with them.

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Root Resorption – An Unusual Phenomenon

Q:

At a routine examination, my dentist found a hole in my upper front tooth, at the gum line. He told me that it was “root resorption,” and he wasn’t sure if the tooth could be saved. Can you please tell me more?

A:

For adults, root resorption is an uncommon and troublesome dental condition in which the body’s own cells eat away and dissolve tooth structure.

Root resorption.
An example of external (cervical) resorption that starts from the outside and works inward.

 

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Dr. Chopra Travels to the AAE

The American Association of Endodontists is a global resource for knowledge, research and education for the profession, members and the public. Dr. Chopra is proud to be serving on the committee that plans the continuing education offered by the AAE. 

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ANOTHER Root Canal? Endodontic Retreatment Explained

With proper care, you’ll keep teeth that have had root canal treatment for a lifetime but it’s possible for those teeth to heal improperly, becoming painful or diseased months or even years after treatment. If this happens to your treated teeth you have a second chance to save the tooth with retreatment.

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Dr. Chopra takes on Siroworld 2017

Dr. Chopra recently traveled to Las Vegas to participate in Dentsply Sirona World 2017, a three-day educational festival. Thousands of dentists and dental professionals (8,000+!) came together to learn, network, and have amazing talks and entertainment by industry leaders, plus Will Smith, Simon Sinek, and Imagine Dragons.  And among the thousands, Dr. Chopra found plenty of people she knew!  She’s used to attending Endodontics meetings, so as she said, “It’s nice to think outside of the box a bit!”

Dr. Chopra with our practice coach, Ragan Hartmann from Fortune Management:

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Mama Chopra’s Bucket List Trip

My family recently took a whirlwind trip to London, Paris, Florence and Rome. There were 10 of us total, all coming together to give a special gift to my mom in particular.

My brother and I wanted to do this for our mom because she had never been to Europe, and never really travelled. This was a bucket list trip for her after her battle with cancer — she had always dreamed of seeing Paris. Our mom has given us everything, and this was our way of giving back to her.

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4 Tips to Help You Understand Your Dental Insurance

You may not realize it, but dental insurance is completely different than medical insurance. Because people use their medical insurance more, they may get confused about the differences. We meet with so many patients who are not in touch with what their dental plan actually covers, so we wanted to share some important information and tips to keep you informed about your coverage and its use. Please note that the information we’re providing does not apply to HMO/DMO plans.

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Causes of Toothaches: Not Always A Cavity

No matter how conscientious you are about your oral care routine, at some point in your life you will probably experience the discomfort of a toothache. Though a cavity is the most likely culprit, it is only one of several possible causes of toothaches.

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