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  • Dr. Mark H. Bornfeld, DDS - Brooklyn, NY - Dentist

    Why do I still have pain weeks after my root canal?

    It is not unusual to have soreness, even significant soreness, for up to a week or so after a root canal. Sometimes in the course of cleaning out the canal(s) of the tooth a bit of the material cleaned off the walls of the canal can be inadvertently pushed through the tip of the root. Sometimes the...Read More
  • Dr. Mark H. Bornfeld, DDS - Brooklyn, NY - Dentist

    How is resin used in cosmetic dentistry?

    When the term "resin" is used in dentistry it usually (but not always) refers to composite resin. Composite resin is used both as a filling material and as a cementing agent, usually in combination with "bonding". While Dr. Curatola is right that bonding was developed by Buonocore in the 1950s, it was...Read More
  • Dr. Mark H. Bornfeld, DDS - Brooklyn, NY - Dentist

    What is gingival hyperplasia?

    Gingival hyperplasia (overgrowth of the gum) must be distinguished from gingival edema (swelling). These can be found together or separately.

    Gingival hyperplasia, true overgrowth of the gums, used to be seen in epileptics on phenytoin sodium (Dilantin). While this medication is still used, we...Read More
  • Dr. Mark H. Bornfeld, DDS - Brooklyn, NY - Dentist

    How successful are root canals?

    Overall, root canal treatment is very successful. But that is little comfort if the root canal treatment on YOUR tooth is one of the occasional failures.

    The statistics are somewhat fungible, depending on one's definition of success. Is a tooth that's had endodontic (root canal) therapy that is free of...Read More
  • Dr. Mark H. Bornfeld, DDS - Brooklyn, NY - Dentist

    What are the risks of a root canal treatment?

    The chief risk of root canal is that it can fail. When root canal treatments fail, sometimes the problem is easily detectable on x-ray -- a missed canal, a perforated root, or inability to clean all the canals all the way to the tip of the root. Sometimes root canals fail for no apparent reason --...Read More
  • Dr. Mark H. Bornfeld, DDS - Brooklyn, NY - Dentist

    Can I keep taking Plavix while I have a root canal dental treatment?

    As a general rule, you should not stop taking any anticoagulant drug without speaking to your physician first. If you will be undergoing treatment with a realistic chance of significant bleeding, your dentist may wish to speak to your physician prior to treatment. Very often the physician will permit

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