Small filling – big filling – root treatment – root tip resection – removing a tooth

Does this process look familiar to you?

Whether it does or not, we would like to explain why this happens. It may help some of you to avoid this, while others will at least realize that there is no such thing as bad teeth!

1. People rarely ever have bad teeth and if this is genetic, all of a person’s teeth are affected!

Why do you mostly have fillings in your side teeth? Find out here!

2. Good, now we know that your “bad teeth” are at least partly your own “fault”! Unfortunately, dentists only rarely inform their patients about why things like this happen, they usually just keep drilling, while your fillings keep getting bigger and bigger, until one fine day you need a root canal treatment.

The right way to perfom root treatment is … here we have a video for you, but be sure to come back after your trip to dental land!

3. Hopefully your root treatment was not performed the wrong way, without a coffer dam, enlargement and sterile instruments.

Now, your root canal may contain a bunch of bacteria from saliva, or unsterile instruments used during treatment. These bacteria continue to multiply unchecked. Your immune system does manage to get rid of some of them, but not all, and years later you develop a bone infection at the tip of your root, caused by the bacteria in your root canal.

4. This usually calls for a root tip resection – depicted here!

Without cleaning the canal (orthograde WSR), or sealing the canal from behind (retrograde WSR)this area can again start to cause problems, making it necessary to remove the tooth completely!

Imagine all the trouble you could have saved yourself if you had already known this – Dentalnews.en readers always have something to smile about!

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

How much do dental fillings cost and how do they differ?

Posted by Dental News Team On January - 13 - 2010

Composite (Plastic) fillings – are they worth the cost?

White fillings are in ever greater demand – but they are not always a good idea!

weise_matPeople are sick of silvery amalgamate, people want to look good, and this includes having a perfect set of teeth. Many people are now getting their amalgamate fillings replaced by white fillings. In the picture you see diffrent white Fillings: Composite (1); Glasionomercement = GIZ (2); Ceramicinlays (3); Goldceramicinlays (4).

Be aware: Composite fillings do not work that well in side teeth, a fact which many people do not know!

Even manufacturers warn that these fillings should only be used to correct surface defects, since teeth do not react well to them. The tooth nerve often dies when this type of filling is used, leading to a root canal.

Patients who get their amalgamate fillings replaced by plastic are in for a bumpy ride. The fillings consist of tiny building blocks called monomers. As soon as a dentist shines a lamp on the filling, these little monomers start to connect – like Lego blocks, a process called polymerisation, which results in polymers – larger building blocks.

kompositeBut these plastic structures are not stable enough to hold up under chewing, so little „Lego blocks“ – monomers – start to separate (green area means Composite Fillings are ok, red area means Composite Fillings are not ok). These free-floating monomers are very toxic, they invade the tooth nerve, and the nerve dies.You do not feel the pain right away, it may take years for the   „dead“ tooth to start making trouble, so patients do not always attribute this problem to the plastic filling. Some patients experience problems immediately after the plastic is inserted, such as problems when chewing, pressure, excessive sensitivity to heat or cold.

kofferdam1While some dentists specialize in this type of filling and use a coffer dam, special covers and layering methods to prevent complications, but plastic fillings still end up costing about as much as a ceramic inlay. But ceramic inlays are much better for your teeth than composite fillings – assuming the inlay is inserted correctly.

White teeth may be more trouble than they are worth! Think about what you’re doing. If you invest in your teeth, then be sure to use goods materials – gold, titanium or ceramics!

And/or develop a better brushing technique, because if you have poor brushing habits then you will need fillings someday.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: -1 (from 1 vote)