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6-1-2020 George Floyd & the Fuzzles-the-Muzzle Saga
7-20-2019 MUSCLES Hails His Space-Heroes
6-22-2019 It's a Curved 'Ball'-Park
4-22-2019 MUSCLES Fesses Up
3-22-2019 'MUSCLES', "BALL'-Joints & Teeth
2-15-2019 Four Canine Kitty-Corners
1-24-2019 ♥MUSCLES Luvs to SPLOOT♥
12-10-2018 A Holiday Video Card for All!
12-1-2018 Endo-dontic Nitty-Gritties
11-10-2018 Endo-dontics to the "Rescue"!
10-17-2018 MUSCLES' Autumn Message!
9-19-2018 Teeth Wanted: Dead or Alive
9-8-2018 'MUSCLES' Knows He Can!
8-16-2018 The Tooth's Inside Scoop
7-16-2018 To-GO or Not-To-GO "Studio"
6-18-2018 Oral-Care 101.9: Helpful Tid-Bits
6-12-2018 MUSCLES and His Was-Be Thinking
5-17-2018 Oral-Care 101.5: Tooth-brushing
5-7-2018 How MUSCLES Sees It--
4-27-2018 Oral-Care 101: D.O.G.G.Y.
3-11-2018 More "Perio"---More "Dontal"
2-23-2018 What's the "Perio"---What's the "Dontal"?
1-10-2018 Can a crown crown a crown?
12-18-2017 Implants, Bone & "Eating"
Endo-dontics to the "Rescue"!
Dr Skerpan: Last dental blog we covered the reasons WHY a tooth can "die-off".
Remember, "endo-dontic" treatment involves the "INSIDE-of-the-TOOTH" (more
on this treatment below). This internal treatment is needed if the inside pulp has
died-off" from TOP-to-BOTTOM OR BOTTOM-to-TOP. "Endo-dontic" treatment
should be performed in any scenario where the pulp is compromised. Keep in mind
that more often than not, there are no warnings or any pain associated with a tooth
needing "endo-dontic" treatment. Furthermore, very often x-rays do not show the
extent of pulp-death from decay, fractures or traumas!
There is one other scenario where the tooth may require "endo-dontic" treatment
--a situation where it may be necessary to intrude into the pulp deliberately. For
example, it may become impossible to properly contour &/or treat a poorly-posi-
tioned, poorly-shaped or over-extruded tooth. In such a case, the best option may
be to perform "endo-dontic" treatment to obtain a healthier proper-function &/or
a more aesthetic final result.
MUSCLES: ' But WHY does "endo-dontic" treatment exactly "rescue" a tooth from
an infection and abscess? '
Dr Skerpan: Remember that the pulp can not be repaired after it has "died-off"--
& that the dead-pulp-tissue is the "nidus" for the internal tooth infection. If such a
pulp situation is not resolved, the infection will affect the bone at the root's apex,
causing an infection & resorption ("eating-away") of the bone---also called a dento-
alveolar abscess (or a "TOOTH-to-BONE infection").
MUSCLES: ' I "feel like digging" into HOW "endo-dontic" treatment is actually
performed on the tooth. Can we "dig" into the actual "rescue"
procedure itself? '
From the previous dental blog we know WHY a tooth "dies-off" in the first place.
And now we know WHY an "endo-dontically" treated tooth still can function in
the jaw-bone & body! Understanding that there is no pulp left within a tooth
after "endo-dontic" treatment, we now can "dig" into the Nitty-Gritties of HOW
the actual procedure is performed to "rescue" a tooth (see our next dental blog).