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Is Your Tooth Sensitive to Tapping or Pressure?

It’s no fun when teeth can’t handle hot or cold temperatures, but when you have a tooth sensitive to pressure, there could be more structural issues at play. Whether you’re eating, speaking or brushing your teeth, the cause of this sensitivity can be unknown – but there are ways to cope with it. Here’s how to manage your tooth pain and how your dentist or endodontist may be able to provide relief.

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Probiotics & Antibiotics: A Smart Match

According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, an antibiotic is “a substance produced by or a semisynthetic substance derived from a microorganism and able in dilute solution to inhibit or kill another microorganism.” What they don’t tell you, however, is that antibiotics not only kill the bad bacteria – they also kill the good.

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Case Study: The Power of a Cone Beam Image

This is a great example of how the cone beam machine can help us with diagnosis. A 55-year-old male presented for an evaluation of the upper left quadrant. His chief complaint is a vague, dull ache in the area. He has some tenderness when he pushes on his cheek around these teeth.

Standard radiographs were taken as always; 2 periapical images and one bitewing image.

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What is an Abscess Tooth?

When the inside of your mouth gets hurt or irritated, bacteria may enter and cause an infection. Sometimes you will see a painful swelling filled with pus (a thick, yellowish fluid). If the pus can’t drain out, the area will get more swollen and painful. This is known as an abscess. The abscess forms a barrier around the infection. This is one way that your body tries to keep a bacterial infection from spreading.

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When a Dental Implant is Necessary

When you have a dental injury or infection, saving your natural tooth should always be your first choice. Even the most advanced implants or bridges cannot truly replace your natural tooth. For this reason, if you are experiencing dental pain or discomfort you should speak with a dentist or endodontist as soon as possible to discuss your options.

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What To Do If You Have A Cracked Molar

What should you do if you or anyone in your family has a cracked molar? Doing things like biting into ice or hard candy, or having a tooth grinding habit, can lead to a cracked tooth. Your molars are particularly vulnerable to cracks because they absorb most of the force during chewing.

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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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