When you head into the dentist for your six month checkup, the last thing you want to hear is, “Well, it looks like we have a cavity back here!” The existence of a cavity requires for that tooth to be filled, a process that most people dread more than they need to.
What Is a Cavity?
Inside of your mouth at any given time live saliva, plaque, calculus, and bacteria. Saliva is your spit, which is actually incredibly important because it helps keep your gums hydrated and washes away food particles to protect against viruses and keep acid levels balanced in your mouth. Though saliva can reduce a great deal of plaque, the soft gooey substance still sticks to teeth due to the existence of bacteria in the mouth. Plaque that isn’t brushed and flossed away turns to calculus, a hardened tartar that can do damage to your teeth.
A cavity forms when all of the bacteria, plaque, and calculus cause the tooth to decay. All of the bad forces eventually work against the tooth to the point that it begins to break down and dissolve. A cavity itself is a hole in the tooth that can grow bigger the longer it is left unattended. If a cavity is ignored for too long, it causes extreme pain and eventually leads the the death of the tooth. … Read more…
Endodontic treatment, which is the official term for root canal treatment, arose back in the 17th century. Charles Allen put endodontics on the map in 1687 when he wrote the very first book devoted strictly to the field of dentistry. Rudimentary endodontic explorations had begun to relieve tooth pain and preserve teeth as best as possible. Since then dentistry and the field of endodontics in particular has surged forward.
Individual advancements throughout the 18th and 19th centuries helped to make root canals more efficient. For example, clove oil was utilized for its sedative properties during treatment, and the man considered to be the founder of modern dentistry described pulp tissue and its removal process in 1746.
The first official root canal tool wasn’t developed until 1838, when Edwin Maynard of Washington D.C filed down a watch spring to be used during root canal treatments! A few years later the substance called gutta-percha, which fills the tooth’s canal after infection is cleared, was developed by Edwin Truman.… Read more…