WHICH IS BETTER – ROOT CANAL OR EXTRACTION

ROOT CANAL TREATMENT IS DONE FOR TEETH WHEN THE NERVE HOUSED INSIDE EACH INDIVIDUAL TOOTH (PULP)  IS AFFECTED DUE TO CARIES/DECAY. A ROOT CANAL TREATMENT SAVES A TOOTH AND GIVES ONE THE ADVANTAGE OF PROLONGING THE LIFE OF THEIR TOOTH. IN CASE A TOOTH IS DECAYED BEYOND REPAIR, REMOVAL (EXTRACTION)  OF THAT TOOTH BECOMES NECESSARY. IN SUCH CASES THE EXTRACTED TOOTH (EXCEPT THE THIRD MOLAR) SHOULD BE REPLACED WITH AN ARTIFICIAL SUBSTITUTE LIKE IMPLANT/BRIDGE/DENTURE. REPLACEMENT OF REMOVED TOOTH IS NECESSARY [...]

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CAUSES AND EFFECTS OF CROOKED TEETH

THE COMMON CAUSES OF CROOKED TEETH ARE AS FOLLOWS CROOKED TEETH OR MALALIGNED TEETH ARE MOSTLY HEREDITARY. THE OTHER CAUSES OF CROOKED TEETH COULD BE MALALIGNMENT OF THE UPPER AND LOWER JAWS SMALL SIZE OF JAWS LEADING TO CROWDING OF THE TEETH EARLY LOSS OF BABY TEETH FAILURE TO REPLACE THE LOST PERMANENT TEETH GUM DISEASE PROLONGED USE OF PACIFIERS OR THUMB SUCKING IN CHILDREN MISALIGNMENT OF THE JAWS AFTER FACIAL TRAUMA THE EFFECTS OF SUCH MALALINGNED TEETH ARE: INABILITY TO CLEAN TEETH PROPERLY LEADING TO CAVITIES ESPECIALLY BETWEEN [...]

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Oral Submucous Fibrosis (OSMF) by – Dr. Pramanik Namrata

It is a chronic, complex, pre-malignant condition of oral cavity in which there is inflammatory reaction and progressive fibrosis of submucosal tissues. As the condition progresses the patient is unable to open  mouth as the jaws get rigid. The codition is associated with chewing of areca nut/betel quid In the initial phase of the disease, the mucosa feels leathery with palpable fibrotic bands. In the advanced stage the oral mucosa loses its resiliency and becomes blanched and stiff. The disease [...]

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Mouth Breathing and Tooth Decay by Dr. Pramanik Namrata

People who sleep with their mouth open are more prone to dental caries. Saliva/spit coats the teeth to prevent dental decay. In mouth breathers, as they suffer from the dry mouth the protective action by saliva is decreased. The tooth starts to loose its minerals when ph drops below 5.5(ph is used to determine the acidity or basicity of water based solution like saliva) Acid producing bacteria thrive in absence of saliva. Acids breakdown the teeth causing cavities and cause [...]

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Dental Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) by – Dr. Pramanik Namrata

Dental cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a special type of x-ray machine used in situations where regular dental or facial x rays are not sufficient. It is not used routinely as radiation exposure from this scanner is significantly more than regular dental x rays. This scanner uses technology to generate 3-dimensional images of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve path and bone in craniofacial region in a single scan. These images allow for more precise treatment planning. CBCT scans are used for [...]

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Is root canal treatment painful? by Dr. Pramanik Namrata

The thought of having a root canal done can be pretty nerve racking! Root canal therapy is required when there is an infection in the nerve/pulp of the tooth. Pain in teeth requiring root canal is due to the infection/injury caused to the nerve of the tooth due to decay/fracture in tooth and not due to root canal therapy. Thanks to advancements in the field of dentistry and local anesthetics used to numb the tooth requiring a root canal, this procedure [...]

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Sinusitis and Tooth Pain by Dr. Pramanik Namrata

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the cavities(sinus spaces)  present around the nose. In cases of acute sinusitis , most often caused by cold, there is a build up of mucus in these cavities.  This may often lead to pain  in the upper back  teeth area. The roots of upper molars  often extend into the sinus area. In case of pain in upper molar teeth , dental causes like cavities or gum problems can also lead to persistent/intermediate pain .These  causes [...]

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