Learn the Meanings of Common Dental Terminology

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Pulpectomy

This is a dental procedure where the pulp in the pulp chamber of the tooth is removed as well as the root canal. When tooth pulp gets infected and can not be treated any other way, a pulpectomy helps prevent the spread of infection that could cause e the lose of one or more teeth.
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Caries

Also known as tooth decay or simply cavities which are caused by bacterial infection that cause decriminalization of the tooth. A hole is formed which penetrates the tooth through the enamel, dentin and cementum. Caries that are left untreated can cause pain and even the eventual loss of a tooth. If you can see caries or small chalky areas known as a surface caries the damage is progressed. In order to save the integrity of the tooth dentist try to spot small cavities with the use of radiography (X-rays). Dentists use a tool called a dental explorer, a sort of hooked pointy mental instrument, to diagnose caries during the examination process. That is what they are doing when they are poking about in our mouth.