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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Root Canal

Root canals, a type of treatment that is intended to repair and save an extremely decayed and infected tooth. Root canal treatment is needed when the blood vessels and nerves within a tooth become damaged or infected. During this type of treatment, the pulp will be removed and inside of the tooth will be completely cleaned out and then sealed.

Root canal treatment typically requires more than one office visit. The very first step of the process to start with an X-ray so the shape of the root canals can be seen and if there are any infections around the surrounding bone. Often times, local anesthesia is used to numb the area.

An access hole will be drilled into the tooth. Next, the bacteria, pulp, and other debris will be cleaned out from the tooth. Sodium hypochlorite or water is used to flush away any debris. Once the tooth is cleaned out thoroughly, it will need to be sealed, unless there is an infection present. A temporary filling will be placed until the next appointment where the permanent tooth will be placed.

The final step may need further restoration. A tooth needing root canal treatment has extensive decay and other restoration may need to be placed prior to putting a crown in.

For further information regarding root canal treatment, please contact Dr. Hema Chapala DDS at Trident Family Dentistry at one of the following offices:
Dallas, TX – 972-241-4820
Richardson, TX – 214-812-9756

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Digital X-Rays

Trident Family Dentistry Offers Digital X-Rays

X-rays are a yearly part of your regular dental check-up. This allows your dentist to visualize areas of decay in your teeth that may require treating. At Trident Family Dentistry, Dr. Hema Kishore and Dr. Sateesh Ummareddy offer digital X-rays, the most updated form of X-ray imaging.

Traditional X-rays involve using films that have a special coating that is sensitive to X-ray exposure. When the X-rays come in contact with dense material, such as bone, the X-ray will appear brighter and whiter in nature because the X-rays aren’t able to pass through as well.

The traditional X-ray process can add extra wastes in terms of chemical processing and films. To reduce environmental waste and provide greater benefits to their patients, the dental team at Trident Family Dentistry offers digital X-rays.

What Are Digital X-Rays?

Digital X-rays are a method of taking X-rays that involves transmitting X-ray images to a computer in digital form instead of on an actual paper film. Digital X-rays offer a number of benefits to Dr. Kishore and Dr. Ummareddy’s Dallas patients. These benefits include:

• Reduced Radiation Exposure: Using a digital radiography system reduces radition exposure to a patient by as much as 80 percent when compared with traditional X-rays. This minimizes radiation as much as possible to the patient.
• Enhanced Diagnosis: Digital X-rays enable the dentists to further manipulate the images by “zooming” in on potential areas of decay and enhancing them whenever possible. These images can also be stored and saved. The images can then be easily retrieved on the patient’s next visit for comparison.
• Time Savings: Developing X-ray films use to take anywhere from five to eight minutes to develop. Digital images develop almost instantly, however. This equals a time-savings to the dentists’ patients.

To see how digital X-rays can benefit your dentistry experience, call Dr. Chapala’s Dallas dentist’s office at (972) 241-4820.