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What is a root canal?

Q:What is a root canal? A:A root canal is a process in which the contents of the canal within the root of a tooth are cleaned away and the canal is sealed.   Dr. Maksim has been practicing dentistry in the San Diego area for over 20 years. www.michaelmaksimdds.com   . . . Read more

When do you need a root canal?

Q:When do you need a root canal? A:It is time for a root canal if a tooth has constant pain, has an abscess(infection), or decay has entered the nerve chamber.   Dr. Maksim has been practicing dentistry in the San Diego area for over 20 years. www.michaelmaksimdds.com   View Larger . . . Read more

Why do root canals hurt?

Q:Why do root canals hurt? A:Because the face has five cranial nerves, it is one of the most sensitive areas of the entire body. However with today’s highly effective medications and techniques most root canals can be performed without pain.   Dr. Maksim has been practicing dentistry in the San . . . Read more

What is severe periodontal disease?

Q:What is severe periodontal disease? A:Advanced periodontal disease – Gum pockets in excess of 6-7 mm are usually accompanied by bone loss and gum recession. Scaling and root planning will always be performed as the initial nonsurgical treatment. In addition to nonsurgical treatments, the periodontist may recommend surgical treatment to . . . Read more

What is gingivitis?

Q:What is gingivitis? A:Gingivitis/mild periodontal disease – When the gum pockets exceed 4mm in depth, the periodontist or hygienist may perform scaling and root planing to remove debris from the pockets and allow them to heal. Education and advice will be provided on an effective cleaning regime thereafter.   Dr. . . . Read more

Who should treat severe gum disease?

Q:Who should treat severe gum disease? A:Before initiating any dental treatment, a periodontist should extensively examine the gums, jawbone and general condition of the teeth. When gingivitis or periodontal disease is officially diagnosed, the periodontist has a number of surgical and non surgical options available to treat the underlying infection, . . . Read more