Root canal therapy is performed when the dental pulp, or the soft tissue inside the tooth, becomes infected or inflamed. This can occur due to a deep cavity, a cracked or otherwise damaged tooth, or repeated dental work on the tooth. Leaving an infected tooth untreated can have serious consequences; the infection can become so severe that it damages the bone supporting the teeth, or requires the affected tooth to be extracted.
It used to be that the only material used for dental fillings was amalgam (metal). But today, patients have a better option in tooth-colored fillings. Made of composite resin, tooth-colored fillings are designed to match the color of natural tooth enamel. Not only are these fillings more aesthetically pleasing, they are also longer-lasting and considered to be “biologically friendly.” (Many patients and dentists have raised concerns about the risk of mercury exposure from amalgam fillings as well as the adverse Continue reading →
Holistic dentistry is a very exciting area of dentistry. However, many patients are not familiar with the principles of holistic dentistry, nor do they understand how it differs from traditional dentistry. To help set the record straight, Dr. Raymond Hatland, a leading Chicago and Indianapolis holistic dentist, answers frequently asked questions about his specialty here.
On the surface, the Fastbraces® system doesn’t appear to be too different from traditional braces. But as Dr. Raymond Hatland’s patients already know, Fastbraces® technology offers many advantages over to traditional braces — most importantly, accelerated results and shorter overall treatment times. Read on as Dr. Hatland compares the two options and highlights some of the incredible benefits of Fastbraces®.
If you frequently wake up with pain or stiffness in your jaw, or hear clicking or popping noises when you open or close your mouth, you could have a problem with your temporomandibular joint (a.k.a., your “TMJ”). The TMJ joins your lower jawbone to your skull. Sometimes the joint, the nerves and muscles that control jaw movement can develop a TMJ disorder (or TMD), a collection of problems that cause pain and discomfort. The National Institutes of Health estimate that Continue reading →