Root canal treatment (endodontic treatment) is required when you have a tooth infection. When you have an infection, your body sends white blood cells and antibodies to the infected area to kill the bacteria. The tissue becomes red and swells. When you have an infection in your tooth, there is no room in the canal space for extra antibodies or white blood cells.
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Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach ? under the gumline and between your teeth. Because plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is highly recommended.
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In order for a dental implant to be successful, the patient must have sufficient bone in the jaw to place the implant into. Usually, the quality and quantity of bone in the jaw are reflective of how the bone healed after the tooth was removed, and not an underlying medical condition.
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To treat a cavity your dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then "fill" the area on the tooth where the decayed material was removed. Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down from misuse (such as from nail-biting or tooth grinding).
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While the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that patients should have their first orthodontic exam by the age of seven, it does not necessarily mean every 7 year-old will require braces. We typically will recommend orthodontic treatment for our younger patients in cases where we can manage skeletal growth to optimize facial and dental development.
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