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Karen Glerum DDS

We may Still be Able to Save Your Tooth with a Root Canal Alternative

July 18th, 2016

Your tooth is in peril if its innermost layer, the pulp, becomes infected and inflamed. Deep tooth decay, repeated dental procedures or fractures can all expose the pulp and ultimately the roots to infection and lead to tooth loss.

But that scenario isn’t inevitable — we can often save the tooth with a root canal treatment. By accessing the tooth’s interior through a prepared hole, we’re able to clean out the infected tissue in the pulp chamber and root canals, and fill the empty space with a special filling. We then cap the tooth with a custom crown to protect it from a re-infection.

Root canal treatments have a very high success rate — chances are good your tooth will survive for many years afterward. But there’s a slight chance the tooth may become re-infected; in that case, a second root canal treatment may be in order.


In a few cases, though, a second root canal may not be advisable, and could even accelerate damage to the tooth. For example, if past dental work resulted in an extensive crown restoration, accessing the root canals the conventional way will require disassembling that restoration. This could weaken the tooth significantly.

We can approach the problem from a different route: instead of accessing the tooth’s interior through the crown (the visible part of the tooth), we instead perform a surgical procedure called an apicoectomy, which accesses the tooth at the root end through the gums.

In this procedure we numb the area with local anesthesia and then make a small incision through the gums at the level of the affected root. After access, we remove any diseased tissue around the root and a few millimeters of the root tip itself. We then insert a small filling in its place to seal the canal and prevent further infection. In some cases we may also insert a graft to encourage bone growth and aid in healing.

Over time, the affected area will heal and return to normal function. Even if a traditional root canal treatment can’t be used, an apicoectomy could be another option for saving your tooth.

If you would like more information on your options for preserving a problem tooth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Apicoectomy.”

Gum Disease has Dangerous Side-effects!

June 9th, 2016

Gum Disease Speeds Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer’s Patients


GUM DISEASE (PERIODONTITIS) MAY be more common in Alzheimer’s patients, and it is associated with an increase in the severity of dementia in patients with the condition, according to new British research.

For the study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, medical investigators assessed the cognitive ability and dental health of patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s, and measured inflammatory markers in their blood.

Six months later, they repeated the tests and found the rate of mental decline in patients with gum disease was six times as rapid as those without the disease, and there was also an increase in markers for inflammation. The scientists concluded that gum disease is associated with a more rapid decline in thinking in Alzheimer’s patients, probably due to mechanisms related to the body’s inflammatory response.



A type of bacteria responsible for gum disease may be a cause of esophageal cancer. Researchers at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry found the bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis in 61 percent of patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. The bacteria wasn’t detectable in healthy esophageal tissue. The discovery provides evidence that gum disease is a risk factor for esophageal cancer and may be reduced by improving oral hygiene.

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Dental Services in Boynton, Florida that Keeps People Smiling

November 3rd, 2015

More and more people are finding good reasons to smile often. However, with a bad set of teeth or even one that has a deeper yellow than a golden sweet corn, sometimes it is a lot better to smile with your mouth shut. However, Boynton Beach Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Karen Glerum is giving renewed hope to all people from different walks of life by offering truly innovative dental services that are guaranteed to bring the smile back into their lives. We aim to change your smile to change your life.

We firmly believe that a great smile is something that is worth a million dollars. We know what a great smile can do to boost your self-confidence, increasing your sense of self, and giving you that sense of pride in yourself to change the direction of your life for the better. We believe that an excellent oral health is the key to achieving a great sense of self-esteem.

Using state of the art technology never before seen this side of the States, we provide a wide range of dental services that are truly one-of-a-kind. Although we specialize in cosmetic dentistry, we never forget the importance of health education so that you will never have to worry about missing teeth or tooth decay ever again. At Karen Glerum, DDS, we make sure that you will be empowered to deal with your oral health concerns for life.Our Team at Smiles by Glerum

We offer the following services to our beloved residents of Boynton Beach as well as Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Lantana, Wellington, Delray Beach, Palm Beach, and West Palm Beach.

  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dentures and partials
  • Cosmetic implants
  • Teeth whitening
  • Sedation dentistry
  • Crowns and bridges
  • Cosmetic fillings
  • Six-month smiles
  • Periodontal treatment
  • Invisalign
  • Snap-on smile

Our services are not only purely cosmetic by nature. We have state-of-the-art dental technology equipment to provide other services that other dental offices do not offer. We also provide oral DNA testing and oral cancer screening as well as evaluating for HPV.
At the office of Karen Glerum we can assure you that the smile you get will change your life forever.

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