Endodontic Treatments

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Are you experiencing a tooth ache? If so, you are likely in a lot of pain right now, and wishing for something that can magically take it away quickly. Fortunately, there’s a special dentist specifically for this purpose. Endodontists can perform root canal and other types of treatments in order to save your tooth and eliminate all pain.

Root canal treatments involve using a drill to create a hole in the tooth. This gives our expert in endodontics access to the pulp, which has become infected. All of the infected tissue is removed and replaced with a special dental packing material. The tooth is then restored with a crown or filling.

Endodontic retreatment is sometimes necessary after root canal therapy. This is needed when some infected tissue has been missed and not removed, typically from deep in the bottom of the canals. Our endodontist can go back into the tooth and ensure any infected tissue is gone. Endodontic treatment is also sometimes necessary after a physical accident in which a tooth has been broken, or the pulp otherwise affected.

If you are suffering from a tooth ache, do not ignore the pain – it will not go away on its own. You will need the help of our experienced dentist in San Francisco as soon as possible.

Periodontal Treatments

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Periodontists are dentists that specialize in the gums. Many patients can do an acceptable job taking care of their teeth, but completely ignore their gum health. This leads to varying levels of gum disease.

A mild level of gum disease is called gingivitis. Symptoms include excessive tenderness, redness, and bleeding. At this stage, increased dental care and oral hygiene may be enough to reverse the process. This includes improved brushing and flossing, as well as more frequent visits to our cosmetic dentist in San Francisco.

If the condition has become more progressed, our periodontist can perform a scaling and root planing, or SRP. This involves using a special tool to remove the plaque and tartar from just above and just below the gum line. If this is not successful, a gum flap surgery is typically attempted next, wherein incisions are made in the gums in order to better access and clean the tooth roots.

Other periodontal treatments include gum tissue and bone grafting. Failure to seek treatment for gum disease can lead to deep decay, abscessed teeth, and even tooth loss. If you have recognized any of the above symptoms in your gums, schedule an appointment with our dentist today.

Do Self-Ligating Braces Work for Anyone?

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Patients of our San Francisco orthodontists are always excited to learn that there are several appliances available to them. Self-litigating braces are one of these options. Though they work much like traditional braces, they feature a unique design that offers several benefits.

Self-litigating braces are made of brackets and wires, just like their more traditional alternatives. The main difference is that the brackets are able to contain the wires without additional material. The wires are therefore able to move as the teeth align. This means that the brackets are smaller than the bulky ones many are used to, as is much appreciated by out appearance-focused patients. The brackets can also be made out of a different material, so they are more tooth-colored and less visible.

Candidates for self-litigating braces are typically the same ones as traditional braces. This means they can address crooked, gapped, and crowded teeth, as well as a variety of bite issues. Some patients and former patients may argue that they are not able to fix certain issues, but as always, every set of teeth are different, and the results of one may not be the same as for another. It is best to listen to our expert in self-litigating braces in San Francisco and their advice about which appliance will be best for you.

What You Should Know about Tooth Roots

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Tooth roots are the lower parts of the teeth, situated below the crowns and taking up about twice as much space. Anchored in the jaw bones, tooth roots stabilize teeth throughout life. Here are some more things to know about the roots of teeth.

Tooth Roots Can Become Exposed

Because tooth roots are buried inside of the gums, they are not covered with protective enamel. This means that sensitivity and decay are significant risks if the tooth roots become exposed, such as after gum recession.

Loss of Tooth Roots Affects the Jaw Bones

When tooth loss occurs, a space is left in the jaw bone where the root was before. Leaving this hole open can result in the jaw bone shrinking and the nearby teeth shifting. By promptly replacing the root with a dental implant, these problems can be prevented.

Tissues Inside Tooth Roots Can Become Infected

Canals inside of tooth roots contain tissues that can be attacked by bacteria after trauma or severe decay. Root canal therapy, a common endodontic procedure, eliminates the infection so that the tooth and its natural roots can remain in the mouth.

Our office is fully equipped to care for tooth roots with a full range of endodontic care. To learn more about the tooth roots and available endodontic procedures, patients can schedule a consultation with our endodontist in San Francisco.

What are Self Ligating Braces?

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The dental and orthodontic worlds have evolved. Where braces were virtually the only option for patients requiring straighter teeth and realigned smiles, they are now only one of many choices available. Invisalign aligners are just one of several different appliances used alongside traditional braces. With all this new competition, how are braces going to keep up?

Fortunately, braces have evolved, too. While traditional metal braces are still an option, patients can also choose between some modified looks. Clear and ceramic braces offer the same treatment, but with brackets either transparent or matching the color of the teeth. Self-ligating braces for our orthodontist in San Francisco are also a popular option.

Traditional braces use ligatures, or small prongs, on the brackets that small rubber bands are wrapped around. The bands are used to keep the archwire in place. Self-ligating braces features brackets that open and close around the wire, locking it in place, eliminating the need for prongs or bands. This allows for smaller, sleeker looking brackets. Patients can therefore enjoy their treatment with much less metal in their mouth throughout the process.

Self-ligating braces are best for patients who require only mild corrections. To find out of you are a good candidate, schedule an appointment with our expert in self-ligating braces in San Francisco.

Can All Teens Get Invisalign?

Just like Invisalign Full, the adult version of Invisalign, the Teen treatment is an option for most patients in its intended age group. Still, certain factors can limit or prevent candidacy and should be considered beforehand. Here is a look at how candidacy works for Invisalign Teen.

Bite Irregularities Invisalign Teen Treats

The majority of common bite issues can be resolved using Invisalign Teen alone. These issues include overbites, underbites, crossbites, gaps, and improperly turned teeth. For teens who need teeth moved vertically, our San Francisco orthodontist may recommend another treatment, as Invisalign Teen cannot address this issue.

Responsibility of Teen Patients

Invisalign Teen is best for patients who are prepared to take on extra responsibility in order to achieve straight teeth. Every day, patients must wear their aligners for at least twenty-two hours and must to remove their aligners when they consume food or drinks other than water. To avoid delaying treatment, patients must also keep their appointments.

The Teen version of Invisalign does include extra aligners in case patients break or lose theirs along the way. Not only is Invisalign discreet, but it also can be ideal for teens who play woodwind instruments or sports. Patients can schedule a consultation our expert in Invisalign Teen in San Francisco to find out if this treatment can address their needs.

What Does CAD/CAM Technology Do?

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As we progress further into the twenty first century, we are greeted with new tools and technologies affecting different areas of our lives. The dentistry field is not exempt from these innovations. CAD/CAM technology is changing the way we practice dental care at our downtown San Francisco dentist location, and allowing for more convenient and efficient treatment.

CAD, or Computer Aided Design, is a form of technology that assists in the drawing and technical drafting of products. In other words, CAD technology can allow designers (or more specifically, dentists) to develop 3D models for medical use. Dentists and specialists can scan patient’s teeth and create crowns more quickly. A process that used to take weeks can now be completed in a matter of hours.

Molds and impressions of teeth requiring crowns once needed to be sent to labs, where technicians required weeks to create the coverings. Now, dentists can use a variety of tools and technologies to scan teeth, and digitally send them to a milling or 3D machine located right in the office. The machines are then able to carve or print the crown from porcelain or resin.

This new ability allows for quicker, more convenient treatment. Patients no longer need to wait to fix their broken or otherwise damaged teeth and can spend less time in the dental office and away from work. If you are interested in learning more, contact our expert in CAD/CAM technology in San Francisco.