We are pleased and excited to announce that Mamatha Yadlapati, B.D.S., M.S.D., will be joining Southwest Endodontic Specialists, L.L.P.
Dr. Mamatha Yadlapati is originally from Hyderabad, India. She received her Dental Degree in 2003 and Masters in Endodontics and Conservative Dentistry in 2007 from Dr MGR University and MAHER University in Chennai, India. She earned her certificate and Diploma of Masters in Endodontics from University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston, Texas in 2015. She received various awards for presentations including “AAE Dentsply” and “The Edward J. Cooksey Award” in 2014. She also has publications in prestigious National and International endodontic journals. Dr. Yadlapati is a member of the American Association of Endodontics and Houston Academy of Endodontics.
When not in the office, Dr. Yadlapati enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 young children.
We have known Dr. Yadlapati for more than 5 years and we are confident that she will provide your patients with conscientious care with the utmost professionalism you have come accustomed to.
We will still schedule patients 7:00am-4:00pm Monday thru Thursday and 7:00am – Noon on Fridays. We work through lunch to accommodate patients wanting to come in during their lunchtime.
Ron C. Hill, D.D.S., M.S.D.
Chad Goodman, D.D.S., M.S.D.
Root canal or endodontic treatment—treatment done to the inside of the tooth—is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, faulty crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, trauma to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
During root canal or endodontic treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.
Endodontic treatment helps you maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love and limits the need for ongoing dental work. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime.
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Gulf Coast Endodontics, PLLC (Houston)
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Signs you may need root canal therapy include:
- Severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure
- Prolonged sensitivity (pain) to hot or cold temperatures (after the heat or cold has been removed)
- Discoloration (darkening) of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in nearby gums
- A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
Sometimes no symptoms are present.
What is the AAE?
The American Association of Endodontists is the professional membership association for endodontists, endodontic residents and dental professionals with an interest in the specialist. More than 90 percent of U.S. endodontists belong to the AAE. The Association is dedicated to excellence in the art and science of endodontics and to the highest standard of patient care. The AAE is the leading source for endodontic continuing education and research, and provides the latest, accurate, scientifically based information to educate patients about endodontics and the benefits of seeing a root canal specialist.
Both Dr. Chad Goodman and Dr. Ron Hill of Southwest Endodontics are members of the American Association of Endodontics.
AAE Position Statement – Use of Mouth Guards to Prevent Injury ©2013,
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Impact injuries to the dentition, such as those occurring during participation in sports, often result in the need for endodontic treatment. The American Association of Endodontists recommends the use of mouth guards during participation in sports as their use may minimize the effect of impact injuries on the dentition and supporting structures. The most commonly used oral device is of the “over the counter” variety found in sporting goods stores. These are typically molded to an individual’s dentition using a “boil and bite” type material. Although they provide some manner of protection, studies show that these mouth guards often lack proper extensions and repeatedly do not cover all the posterior teeth. Custom mouth guards provide a superiorly adapted appliance that is constructed of a more comfortable material that is also more durable than the store bought variety. Studies have also shown virtually no interferences with breathing. Participants in sporting events are encouraged to contact their dentist for fabrication of a custom mouth guard. In addition, organizers and coaches of children’s sports are encouraged to recommend and/or require the use of mouth guards for all of their participants.
A Consultation with Dr. Susan Wolcott
My dentist told me that I need to have a root canal treatment in a tooth, but how long will my tooth last if I do it?
Thanks for this important question. Today, root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment (“endo” – inside; “odont” – tooth), will save your natural tooth and allow you to keep it functional for decades if not a lifetime. But just as no two people are the same, teeth also vary widely, so that the success of root canal treatment depends on many factors. Before we explore some of the most important ones, let’s talk about what root canal treatment is, and why you need it.
Endodontic treatment is necessary to save a tooth when the pulp — the living tissue inside it, consisting of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues — becomes inflamed or infected. Death of the pulp tissue allows infection to spread into the bone surrounding the tooth. The infected pulp of the tooth needs to be removed, and the root canals cleaned, shaped, disinfected and filled to seal them, so that they are less susceptible to future infection.
Root canal treatment is usually undertaken by a general dentist or an endodontist — a dental specialist who has two to three additional years of advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of dental pain, and related root canal disorders and diseases. Although general dentists have some education and training in root canal therapy, they often send cases to their endodontic partners for treatment. These include the more complicated, difficult cases or those beyond their comfort level.
A frequently asked question is how can a tooth survive if it has lost the pulp tissue that keeps it alive? The tooth is attached to the bone around it by the periodontal membrane or ligament (“peri” – around; “odont” – tooth), which is living, so that the tooth can still function even though the root canal system no longer contains its original tissue.
Some Factors Affecting Root Canal Longevity
Treatment: A recent evidence-based study of teeth having a primary (first time) root canal treatment cited conditions that contributed to the success and longevity of root canal fillings. One was the absence of root canal infection that had spread into the bone — in other words, the earlier the tooth is treated the better the outcome. So don’t put off treatment if you need it! Another was the quality of the root canal treatment itself. How quickly and effectively the damaged tooth was repaired after root canal treatment was completed was also a factor, meaning it’s important to have the tooth restored with a permanent filling or crown, which usually requires a second office visit, without delay.
All Teeth Are Not Created Equal: Very basically the front teeth, which are used for cutting, have single roots (and canals) and are both easier to access and treat. They also receive less biting force than the back teeth. The back teeth, which by contrast are used for chewing, have two or three roots and therefore more root canals; they are more difficult to access and are more complicated to treat. In addition, a front tooth may not need a crown after root canal treatment but a back tooth will.
Changes Over Time: Studies have shown that there is a significant correlation between age and how resistant a tooth is to fracture, whether or not it has had root canal treatment. Over time, teeth can become more brittle and have a greater tendency to fracture, especially the back molar teeth that receive the most biting force. That’s why it’s important to place crowns on root canal treated teeth to cover and protect them from undue stress, which will increase their longevity. Sometimes it is also necessary to place a post inside a treated root canal to support and reinforce a crown, especially if the tooth has been extensively damaged. However, certain posts, although sometimes necessary, may increase the possibility of root fractures over time.
Preserving Nature’s Gifts
Studies have also shown that getting root canal treatment provides a longer-lasting solution than having a diseased tooth removed and replaced with fixed bridgework, which can fail over time. The evidence for keeping a root canal treated tooth versus getting a dental implant is more equivocal, but that is a more complex issue involving other considerations besides longevity; it also includes more treatment time and costs.
Certainly a tooth or teeth with well-treated root canal fillings and restorations will last for many years, if not a lifetime. Suffice it to say, there is nothing like your natural teeth.
This article is from Dear Doctor, Dentistry & Oral Health web site: http://www.DearDoctor.com