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Two Little Words Can Make Most Adults Cringe: Root Canal

root canalMisinformation concerning root canal treatment has led to many misconceptions about the procedure. In part, a root canal sounds both a little vague and complicated to the uninformed. However, root canal treatment or therapy, is an extremely well understood, predictable, safe, and highly successful treatment that is used as an alternative to tooth extraction. A root canal procedure is a common treatment performed by Dr. Gary Robison DDS.

Root canal treatment is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the center of a tooth the root canal system. The cleaning and filling of an infected root canal is root canal treatment. A root canal treatment is performed to save a tooth when there is an infection that is affecting the nerve in its root. If you imagine a system of tributaries feeding a larger river you can understand the root system inside a tooth. There may be small accessory canals present feeding the larger root. Dr. Gary Robison removes any tooth decay and makes an opening through the natural crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber. After cleaning the canals, the Dr. Robison will fill and seal the canals and place a temporary filling in the tooth. Root canal treatment from an experienced Mesa Family Dentist greatly increases the chances that the full length of the canal will be treated and that complications will be reduced.

The reality is the pain associated with not having a root canal performed is far worse than having root canal therapy. When one experiences tooth pain or has a deep cavity, Dr. Gary Robison may determine that a root canal procedure is necessary. You may have to wait a few weeks, or even months, before the pulp canal is filled. Dentists usually prescribe antibiotics prior to getting the root canal done, as well as an anti-inflammatory. Post root canal pain normally only lasts a few days, and then settles down. The dental procedure for a root canal is performed on one to three office visits.

If you're suffering from severe tooth pain but fear those two little words, contact your local general dental office, Robison Dental Group in Mesa, AZ @ 480-924-2300 before a more serious problem develops.

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Depression Drugs May Cause Dental Implant Failure

Depression Drugs May Cause Dental Implant Failure

Depression, a global disease, is identified by clear changes in thought and affect. A battle with depression can leave in its wake a litany of casualties, both social and personal, and debilitating symptoms. Low levels of serotonin in the brain, or when serotonin is unable to be utilized by the brain, can provoke depression. Even with the right course of treatment, someone suffering from depression may be at risk for other, unobvious difficulties.

A study conducted on patients treated with dental implants from January 2007 to January 2013, suggests that patients taking Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), the most widely used drugs for the treatment of depression, have a greater chance of having those implants fail.

Celexa                         Citalopram
Lexapro                      Escitalopram
Luvox                          Fluvoxamine
Paxil                            Paroxetine
Prozac                         Fluoxetine
Zoloft                          Sertraline
Viibryd                       Vilazodone

Figure 1: The list of current SSRIs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression
The study theorizes that since SSRIs have been reported to reduce bone formation and increase the risk of bone fracture, osseointegration fails to take place because the osseointegration process is influenced by bone metabolism. Osseointegration occurs when bone cells fasten themselves directly to the surface of the titanium implant, in essence locking the implant into the jaw bone. The study examined 916 dental implants in 490 patients. Fifty-one patients were using SSRIs and made up 94 of the dental implants in the study. Follow up was conducted between three months to 5 1/2 yrs. and saw 10 dental implants fail and 84 succeed within the patient group taking SSRIs. Conversely, 38 dental implants failed and 784 succeeded in the patient group not taking SSRIs. This means that SSRI users saw a 10.6 % rate of dental implant failure compared to their non-SSRI user counterparts' 4.6 % rate of failure.

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