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.
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 »
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:
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.
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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When a tooth becomes damaged or infected, two potential treatment options include root canal or tooth extraction. Which option is the right choice? How do you know what treatment is best for your oral health? Fully understanding both of these methods, how they work, and when they’re used can help you better determine which option is right for you.
If your dentist refers you to an endodontist in Charlotte, it is probably because you have a painful condition that needs a required level of dental care. The most common procedure performed by an endodontist is a non-surgical root canal, but other procedures might include endodontic surgery, endodontic retreatment, or treating cracked teeth and traumatic injuries. You might wonder why your dentist does not perform these procedures. Here’s the thing – they often rely on their professional judgment to determine if your specific dental condition would best benefit from endodontic care.
A root canal is an endodontic procedure that eliminates infected tissue and bacteria from inside your tooth and is typically needed if you have an infection or inflammation at the roots of your tooth. However, if you’re not familiar with root canals, you may feel a bit worried about having this procedure done. Is it safe? Is it painful?
Thank you to our colleagues and friends who joined us to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Ballantyne Endodontics! Read the rest of this entry »
Most people associate having a root canal with a lot of pain and discomfort. However, while most people can expect some discomfort during and after a root canal procedure, excessive pain is not normal. Read the rest of this entry »