The media is full of information about the ongoing effects of COVID-19 on recovered patients. Some long-haul symptoms are unpleasant, but a topic that is getting less attention than it deserves is the way the coronavirus affects oral health. Reports by dentists show that the stress of living through the global pandemic [...]
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When patients ask what to do about tooth infections, antibiotics may be the wrong answer. They are important but not always the solution. Dentists have been prescribing antibiotics for ages. But is that the right thing to do when dental problems arise? Maybe. The basis for prescribing antibiotics is the belief that [...]
As Covid-19 continues to upend our lives, it has far-reaching effects on our health in surprising ways. Some people are skipping their regular dental visits because they are afraid of exposing themselves to the virus. Dentists, too, are operating under restrictions and with reduced hours, so it’s harder to get the appointment [...]
When should a sinus infection be treated by a dentist? When it’s really an MSEO. It is commonly acknowledged in dental and medical literature that there is a relationship between dental infections and sinus disease. It is critical to correctly identify maxillary sinusitis of endodontic origin (MSEO), since failure to do so—and [...]
FAQs to set your mind at ease Your dentist has recommended that you see an endodontist for a root canal. This may be a surprise or something you expected, and you may have questions about root canals. Let’s try and answer the most frequent ones right now. What is an endodontist? Endodontists [...]
When your dentist sends you to the endodontist for a root canal or performs the procedure you may be seeing some new instruments not normally on the dental tray. One of these is the rubber dam. What exactly is it, and why is it being used? The “dental dam”, introduced in the [...]
As people everywhere adjust to the “new normal,” key questions continue to arise, among them, “Is it safe to go to my doctor or dentist?” At Professional Endodontics, the answer is clearly “Yes.” Here’s why… Creating a safe environment for patients and staff is a hallmark of any good dental practice. Professional [...]
The root canal procedure has always relied on mechanical and chemical action for disinfection. Mechanical debris removal is accomplished by stainless steel hand files and NiTi rotary files, and chemical disinfection and lubrication by irrigants. While there are many irrigants on the market would like to highlight a few that we use [...]
Why and when should you see an endodontist? There are three main reasons: If you’re experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity to hot or cold; If you’ve been involved in an accident and experienced facial trauma or there is swelling around your teeth, gums, or face; If your dentist has told you that [...]
In a recent news release from the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) people with dental pain or emergencies are urged to seek care from endodontists rather than hospitals. As a result of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic hospitals and emergency rooms can experience surges of patients seeking care. The additional measures being taken [...]