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By Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry
April 24, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: root canal  
ARootCanalTreatmentcanSaveYourToothandRelievePain

One of the most effective techniques for saving decayed or injured teeth is the root canal treatment. Yet when many people hear they need it, they become nervous at the prospect.

Much of this stems from a common misunderstanding that undergoing a root canal is painful. It’s not — today’s anesthetics are quite effective in numbing pain during a procedure, and mild pain relievers like ibuprofen are usually sufficient to manage any discomfort afterwards.

In fact, a root canal treatment relieves pain caused by decay within a tooth. As decay progresses, it can enter the interior known as the pulp, which contains bundles of nerves and blood vessels. It attacks these nerves causing pain and infection. If the infection progresses through passageways known as root canals that are in the roots of the tooth, the pain can intensify. More important, the tooth is in danger of loss as the root and connective tissues that hold the tooth in place are injured from the spreading infection.

During a root canal treatment, we access the pulp by drilling a small access hole, usually in the biting surface or in the rear of a front tooth. Once we enter the pulp chamber we remove all the contaminated tissue. Once thoroughly cleansed, we fill the empty chamber and canals with a special filling (usually gutta percha) to prevent future infection. The access hole is then sealed and at a subsequent visit we strongly recommend placing a permanent crown to provide further protection from damage to the tooth.

Root canal treatments are quite common. All general dentists have been trained in endodontic treatment and can perform most types of procedures. More difficult cases (like a complex root canal network that may be hard to access) may require the services of an endodontist, a specialist in root canals. Endodontists use advanced techniques and specialized microscopic equipment to treat complicated situations.

It’s actually good news if we recommend you undergo a root canal treatment — it means your tooth has a good chance of survival once it’s disinfected and the decay is removed. But don’t delay: the sooner we can treat your tooth, the better your chances of a healthy outcome.

If you would like more information on root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Common Concerns about Root Canal Treatment.”

By Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry
July 10, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: dental implants   crowns  
CementedorScrewedWhichImplantCrownAttachmentisBestforYou

In the realm of restorative dentistry, dental implants are king. A dental implant can replace a tooth with a permanent, life-like restoration with a solid reputation for durability.

Implants are also known for one other quality — variety. Not all implants are alike, and they have varied applications for use. Available in various shapes and sizes, they can be used for a single tooth or as part of a multiple tooth bridge or overdenture. And while their basic architecture is the same, you also have two options for how the permanent crown (the visible tooth portion) attaches to the implant: screwed or cemented.

A screw attachment can securely fasten a crown to an implant without the need for cement; it also allows for easy removal for repair or replacement should the crown become damaged or worn. On the other hand, it could pose a cosmetic problem — even though the access hole for the screw may be covered with a tooth-colored filling, it could still be distinguishable from the rest of the crown. There’s also a slight risk of the crown chipping around the access hole.

A crown cemented to the implant won’t have this cosmetic issue with an access hole, and will look just like a natural tooth. But unlike a screwed crown, removing a cemented crown can be more difficult. The cement may also cause gum inflammation and potential bone loss in sensitive patients.

The condition of your mouth, the type of implant you’re receiving and other circumstances will all factor into determining which method is best for you. If we’re “immediately loading” the crown (meaning we’re affixing a temporary crown to the implant immediately after placement in the jaw), then the screw method may be more advantageous. Aesthetically speaking, though, a cemented crown may be a better option in terms of final smile appearance.

But whichever method is used, you’ll still benefit from what implants do best — help you regain the function lost from a missing tooth and change your smile for the better.

If you would like more information on your options with dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “How Crowns Attach to Implants.”

By dr@dentistspa.com
November 15, 2012
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

1)Singin' in the Rain                                            

Do you have kids? One rainy day, I was humming, and realized she'd never seen "Singin' in the Rain." Not her fault, it was before her time. Well, it was in the library, we took it home for movie night, and she LOVED it. I've since been making a list of "classic" movies, old & new, that she should see, and thought I'd share, in the order I'm showing them to her. I've got 40 on the list, so I'll add 1 a day, be done before Thanksgiving, but would appreciate any additions you might have. Remember, no "R" and only mild PG-13's!


2)Big                                                                        Having "movie night" is a great incentive to get homework done, and a great way to get them a little modern culture and enjoyment. 2 down 38 to go.... 


3)1776                                                                    "Movie night" doesn't always have to be funny. While studying US history, before the big Phila class trip, my daughter fell in love with this musical! 3 down 37 to go....


4)Who Framed Roger Rabbit                            Seems like a good idea to mix it up a bit, alternate cartoon with real, funny with (semi)serious. Feel free to give me suggestions to add to the list, I'll give you credit! 4 down 36 to go....


5)Our Man Godfrey                                                Even though it's black & white, this feel good, romantic comedy has happiness, & a social message still relevent today. Feel free to post suggestions, or forward for more! 5 down 35 to go....


6)Back To The Future                                            I'd forgotten how much swearing this has (for younger folks), but it's fun, exciting and a modern classic. Thanks for all the "Likes" to get more suggestions for us all! 6 down 34 to go....


7)Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory             More fun & lighthearted than the remake, great songs, no nightmares. Anyone know any other originals more fun than the remakes to add? 7 down 33 to go....


8)Airplane                                                                 Wackiness at it's best! How could you not expose your kid(s) to this kind of humor?!? Not just entertainment, it's film/cultural education too! 8 down 32 to go....
 

9)Star Trek:The City on the Edge of Forever
OK, it's TV, but one of the best,most awarded Star Trek's. Happy & sad. Remember, kids' minds are a blank canvas, and it's up to us to sketch the outline so they can fill it in. 9 down 31 to go.... 

10)ET
Did you see Spielberg on 60Min? Classic movie! Have to include it. Anyone want to vote on including "Rocky"? 10 down 30 to go.... 

11)On The Town
This is an amazing movie you’ve probably never seen either! Check out this clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7CIgWZTdgw Loaded with famous people & songs every kid should grow up having heard once. Let me know any suggestions! I’ll put the past descriptions of each on our website http://www.DentistSpa.com/ 11 down 29 to go.... 

12)Field Of Dreams
With the storm coming, what better time for an uplifting, emotional charge, the ultimate father/son film. Be safe, let me know if you need help from the storm. 12 down 28 to go....

13)Star Wars                        Star Wars came out in the 70's! Classic, a part of American history. I feel it's *my* duty to make my daughter experiences it. Be safe, let me know if you need any help. 13 down 27 to go....
 

14)Ghostbusters

Halloween, it's a natural! Not too scary, good effects, happy ending. Please forward this reminder to all your friends to bring "extra" (unwanted) candy over to the office, so we can send a big collection and make our troops happy! 14 down 26 to go.... 

15)Sleepless in Seattle
Nothin' better on a cold night than to snuggle up and watch a family romantic comedy together (then hang on to that romantic feeling for... later...). I'm amazed at all the candy pouring in. Feel free to write notes to our troops to be included with all the candy on our blog &, like or share this to spread the word http://www.dentistspa.com/blog/post/welcome-to-the-dentistspa.html 15 down 25 to go.... 

16)Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Have *you* even seen this Henry Fonda classic? Teach your kids the elegant beauty (and the dark side) of our democracy, in this romantic adventure. Feel free to vote on movies!
16 down 24 to go.... 

8)Airplane
7)Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
6)Back To The Future
5)Our Man Godfrey
4)Who Framed Roger Rabbit
3)1776
2)Big
1)Singin' in the Rain
How 'bout the happier side of patriotism? Did you see the election coverage, with the George M.Cohan statue right there in Times Sq? This is his musical story, and America's. 17 down 25 to go.... 

17)Yankee Doodle Dandy
16)Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
15)Sleepless in Seattle
14)Ghostbusters
13)Star Wars
12)Field Of Dreams
11)On The Town
10)ET
9)Star Trek:The City on the Edge of Forever
...

8)Airplane
7)Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
6)Back To The Future
5)Our Man Godfrey
4)Who Framed Roger Rabbit
3)1776
2)Big
1)Singin' in the Rain
How 'bout the happier side of patriotism? Did you see the election coverage, with the George M.Cohan statue right there in Times Sq? This is his musical story, and America's. 17 down 25 to go.... 

17)Yankee Doodle Dandy
How 'bout the happier side of patriotism? Did you see the election coverage, with the George M.Cohan statue right there in Times Sq? This is his musical story, and America's. 17 down 25 to go.... 

18)The Incredible Mr. Limpet
On TCM Sun! Don Knotts as you've never seen him... Winning WWII for us, who could ask for more? Well, if it's you, & you like the entire movie list, you can check it out tonight, then on our blog, with all the movie comments I've made, and you can also comment & suggest, but going forward I feel the list is too long here, in this form. I'm always open to suggestion!
18 down 22 to go.... 

Thank you for wanting to further help our troops with written messages from home! Feel free to write whatever you like (the more upbeat & complimentary the better, name & return contact info optional) and I will personally print them out and include them with the candy we send out.

Again, thank for your support, and let's hope for the day when we won't need to do this anymore.

By dr
November 13, 2010
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Welcome to your 60 Sec. Smile, where you get your cool update in less than 1 min!

Researchers have known that Gum Disease is linked to an increased risk of heart disease

-Take home Message: If you don't want to die of heart disease, get your teeth cleaned regularly.

BUT, they found independently, an increased level of Lycopene (found in cooked tomatoes) may reduce your risk somewhat.

-Take home Message: If you're not getting your teeth cleaned regularly, eat more tomatoes

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