Of the many issues that can cause discomfort in your teeth, a cracked tooth ranks among the most dangerous. Cracks can vary in position and severity, and while some cracked teeth can be saved with a minor procedure, others may require endodontic surgery or an extraction if it cannot be saved. With extensive experience in restoring the smiles of our grateful patients, Miami dentist, Dr. Garg, explains the different ways in which your tooth can crack and the techniques that can save them.
A typical tooth crack runs vertically from the top of the crown downward. The further down the crack extends, the more vulnerable your tooth is to infection. Treatment usually involves a root canal procedure to clear away bacteria and infected tissue from your tooth’s inner chambers. Afterwards, a dental crown can be placed over the tooth to reinforce its structure and protect it from further damage. In some cases, however, the crack isn’t as straight-forward. Continue reading
Do you have a tooth that was once infected with tooth decay? If you still have that tooth, then chances are you treated it in time, possibly with a dental filling. Although advanced dental restorations can last for many years with proper care and maintenance, most will have to be replaced at some point. If it’s been a while since you’ve received your filling, then there are likely more innovative materials available now with as much focus on aesthetics as on function. Miami cosmetic dentist, Dr. Garg, explores the dental fillings of today, and how they can restore your smile’s beauty as well as its health.
Why Change is Better
For over 150 years, metal dental amalgam was the material of choice for inexpensive and highly effective dental fillings. Although concerns have been raised about the mercury content in metal amalgam, the American Dental Association (ADA) has concluded that there is no evidence of adverse systemic effects due to the metal fillings, but warn that elderly, very young, and pregnant patients should not receive them. Nevertheless, the properties of metal make the fillings prone to certain structural failures that can damage your teeth and expose them to further infection. Continue reading
Not many people enjoy hearing about root canal therapy. In fact, the mere mention of the procedure can send chills down the spines of some patients, usually due to strong misperceptions about the procedure. Unfortunately, these misperceptions can cause you to neglect seeking treatment, and in cases where such a procedure is necessary, time is of the essence if you wish to preserve your oral health. To help you prevent unnecessary trepidation, Miami dentist, Dr. Arun Garg, takes the mystery out of root canal therapy by describing its necessity.
Advanced Tooth Decay
Root canal therapy is typically required when the soft center of your tooth, called the pulp, becomes compromised. The pulp houses your tooth’s nerves and blood vessels and can become exposed due to an injury (i.e., crack or fracture) or advanced tooth decay. When bacteria reach this inner chamber, infection is usually imminent and the health of your tooth becomes seriously threatened. Continue reading