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Non Surgical Root Canal

What is a root canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.

How is a root canal performed?

If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia if indicated. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

What happens after root canal treatment?

When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.

How much will a non surgical root canal cost?

The cost associated with this procedure can vary depending on factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.

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Amalgam Fillings

Disadvantages of Silver Amalgam Fillings

For 200 years, silver amalgams fillings have established a solid track record in durability and cost effectiveness. Almost every person has had at least one or two mercury fillings. An amalgam filling is a mixture of silver, tin, zinc, copper and mercury, where mercury is nearly 50% of the mixture. Mercury is used to bind metals together and makes it possible for the mixture to be easily manipulated to fill a tooth cavity.

Many dentists still prefer working with them because they’re easiest to work with compared to other alternatives. However, they have many drawbacks. Silver amalgam fillings are easily noticeable and less attractive than tooth colored composite resin fillings, even though most of the time they’re placed at the back of the mouth. Over time, their color can tarnish and cause discoloration of the amalgam tooth where the amalgam meets the tooth. Many people have reported increased sensitivity after an amalgam filling placement due to the metal expanding and contracting according to temperature changes. This can cause micro fractures and cracks within the tooth. Placing a silver amalgam fillings also requires the removal of a healthy part of the tooth, which ultimately makes it weaker and fragile.

Even though there were numerous findings about the harmful effect of mercury amalgams, only recently, in the 80s and the 90s, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark have banned the use of mercury amalgams. Starting July 1, 2018, amalgam use will be banned for children under 15 and for pregnant or nursing women in all countries of the European Union. Canada already has established guidelines for dentists discouraging the use of mercury amalgams on women and children.

CV Dental Care is a mercury-free practice. Not only do we care about your smile, but also about the role your mouth plays in your overall health. There are many choices of dental materials, treatments, and alternatives to traditional dentistry we offer to our patients, as we believe that everyone deserves a high quality of dental care.

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Tooth Fillings

Tooth Fillings

What is a filling? Even though most people still associate this word with pain and fear, in today’s modern dentistry, geared toward patient’s comfort, a tooth filling is a common restorative procedure that helps repair and save teeth damaged by decay.

Dental fillings are not new. There are scientific discoveries suggesting that the oldest known dental filling may be dating to 13,000 years ago, made from a tar-like material. Another discovery of a 6,500 year old fossilized jawbone reveals that a crack on the canine tooth was stuffed with beeswax.

In the 19th century restorative dentistry starts using metals, such as gold, silver, tin, etc. that were softened to fill teeth. In 1819, a mercury based dental amalgam filling is created by the English chemist, Bell. In 1830, the mercury amalgam starts being used in the United States, and soon many harmful effects were reported. In 1859, what is today known as the American Dental Association is formed, a pro-mercury proponent.

Even though there were numerous findings about the harmful effect of mercury amalgams, only recently, in the 80s and the 90s, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark have banned the use of mercury amalgams. Starting July 1, 2018, amalgam use will be banned for children under 15 and for pregnant or nursing women in all countries of the European Union. Canada already has established guidelines for dentists discouraging the use of mercury amalgams on women and children.

During your dental exam, if any tooth decay is discovered by your dentist, he or she may recommend a filling. This is a procedure in which your dentist will remove the decayed portion of your tooth and fill the area with a tooth colored substrate. There are different filling compounds used for the procedure, for example: ceramics, glass ionomer, cast gold, composite resin, and silver. Silver/mercury fillings, which are easily noticeable when you open your mouth, tend to become darker with time. In the United States, although the FDA has determined that the level of mercury in the filling is safe for people over the age of six, most people prefer not to have a mercury/silver fillings done, given the variety of other options.

CV Dental Care is a mercury-free practice. Not only do we care about your smile, but also about the role your mouth plays in your overall health. There are many choices of dental materials, treatments, and alternatives to traditional dentistry like tooth fillings we offer to our patients, as we believe that everyone deserves a high quality of dental care.

Schedule an appointment with a CV Dental Care provider by filling out this contact form or call us at 480-467-3618.

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