Ballantyne Endodontics

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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The Benefits of 3D Cone Beam X-Rays

In light of recent technological advancements, dental professionals now have access to 3D cone beam x-ray devices. This specialized x-ray device allows your endodontist to take a closer look at your teeth, bone, soft tissues, and nerves as needed to provide you with the highest quality of care. The difference between traditional x-rays and 3D cone beam x-rays is a night and day comparison, offering many benefits for both you and your endodontist. Read the rest of this entry »

Let’s Talk Tooth Pulp and Tooth Nerves: How Teeth Become Damaged

Most people don’t really understand what an endodontist does until they are referred to one by their general dentist. If you look it up, you might find that an endodontist specializes in treating conditions that affect your tooth pulp and tooth nerves. For many, though, that doesn’t really clear things up, so here is a little more information that will explain the basics of dental health:

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What Makes a Successful Root Canal?

Root canal treatment is a specialized procedure that can save your natural tooth, allowing it to stay functional for decades (or even a lifetime!). However, not all teeth are the same, so the outcome of a root canal treatment can vary widely. Let’s explore what a root canal treatment is, why you may need it, and what major factors influence the success of a root canal.

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Ferrule Effect: What Is It?

Visiting the dentist can be intimidating – especially if your dentist doesn’t explain your diagnosis or treatment clearly. At Ballantyne Endodontics, we’re here to make you feel as comfortable and prepared as possible. To do that, we want to define terms that may be unfamiliar to you. If you have a damaged tooth, you may hear your dentist refer to the “Ferrule Effect.”
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