Manage Your Oral Health
American Dental Association ADA offers a 30-minute DVD and companion guidebook, in Spanish and English, focuses on the importance of practicing good oral care and answers basic questions on the following topics:
Dental Health for Children
Cavities and Gum Disease
Other Oral Health Problems
The program was produced by Conrad Productions, in conjunction with the Hispanic Dental Association, and underwritten by Pfizer, makers of Listerine®
Common Dentistry Knowledge Base
We would like to provide you as much as dental related knowledge which will help improve your understandings and identify your personal dental needs.
• Cosmetic Dentistry
• Root Canals
• Gum Treatment
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What is Surgical Treatment?
In some cases, an infection persists or recurs around the tooth even after routine root canal therapy has been completed. In such cases it becomes necessary to surgically access the infection through the gum and bone tissues and clean it out from around the root of the tooth. This is called "Surgical Root Canal Therapy" (SRCT). There are different types of endodontic surgeries:
• Apicoectomy (most common surgery)
• Root Amputation (selective removal of roots)
• Intentional Replantation (remove and reinsert the tooth)
The procedure of Apicectomy (also called Root-End Resection) with retrograde filling is as follow:
1. Remove infected tissue from the root apical region.
2. Resect the tip of the root.
3. Perform the retrograde filling over the tip of the resected root.
Followings are several real patient cases who received surgery treatment in our office and right now all of them are in good conditions. Most of them don’t need to change crown if their crowns are in good condition before the surgery.
Pros of Apicoectomy
The overall success rate is 80 - 85% when measured at ten years after the procedure. A ten-year success will most likely continue to hold up for the life of the tooth. This is all the more remarkable when one considers that the procedure is typically performed on failing teeth to begin with.
Cons of Apicoectomy
The downside is primarily that it requires a surgical procedure to perform; therefore there is a brief postoperative recovery period to negotiate. While many patients prefer to have only a local anesthetic (the administration of numbing medicine to the area being worked on) more often patients choose to be asleep or sedated. That is a decision best left up to the doctor and patient and can be explored
more fully during your consultation visit.
Regular Radiograph - checking for Apical Lesion
What is apical lesion: Whenever a lesion is observed on a radiograph? We call it “Apical Lesion”. Most of time patient won’t feel anything wrong over the involved tooth or teeth. And most of time dentist will find it from the regular radiograph checking. This is one of the most important reasons why people need regular radiograph checking. Apical lesion can be found in those tooth or teeth which had been done with root canal therapy, non-treated deep cavity, traumatic teeth or tooth and even can be found in normal tooth and teeth. Which other kinds of problems or diseases can also cause apical lesion and can be observed on a radiograph? They are Periapical Granuloma, Radicular Cyst, Apical Abscess, Apical Scar, Surgical defect, Periodontal disease, Condensing Osteitis, Osteosclerosis, Socket Sclerosis, Socket Sclerosis,
Periapical cemental dysplasia, Cementifying fibroma (ossifying fibroma), Benign cementoblastoma and Florid osseous dysplasia. Some Dentists recommend patient to redo root canal therapy when they found patient have apical lesion, but we all know the teeth or tooth which had root canal therapy became very weak and easily fracture during the secondary treatment, and very hard to clean root canal filling material from root canal well. If those teeth or tooth had post and crown already then the redo root canal therapy will become much harder to do. Recently, in our office, we found a lot of patients their teeth or tooth had apical lesion and those teeth or tooth had root canal therapy before and some of those teeth or tooth had post and crown already. In this situation, apicoectomy with retrograde filling is the easiest way to solve patient’s problems.
Accidents and sports injuries can lead to the avulsion (loss) of a tooth. Once a tooth has fallen out, it can be saved if it is replanted as soon as possible. However, it may not always be possible to see a dentist immediately. To ensure the best outcome, call your dentist immediately. Do not clean or touch the root surface of the tooth. The cells on the root surface must be preserved and kept moist. Place the tooth in a solution of isotonic saline from the pharmacy, or in cold milk to keep it moist. Replantation within two hours provides the best results.