Mystery White Lesion in the Mouth

Mystery White Lesion in the Mouth A 40 year old female patient recently came in to my office complaining of a white spot on her gums, lower anterior (front teeth).  She popped it, and it went away. When if came back a second time, she decided to come in for a visit. X-rays were taken to see if this came from a tooth, but the Xray seemed completely normal. After checking all the tissues I could...

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NEW ORTHODONTIC TECHNOLOGY

New Orthodontic Technology   A recent innovation for tooth movement is called AcceleDent.   What is it? The patient will wear a mouthpiece daily for 20 consecutive minutes. Using SoftPulse technology, small vibrations or micropulses go through the mouthpiece into teeth and bone surrounding the teeth, allowing the time for tooth movement to be greatly accelerated. If you’ve ever had...

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Splinting Teeth

Splinting Teeth What is “teeth splinting?” Teeth splinting is a procedure where teeth are connected together with a material which keeps them stable, minimizing any possible movement. One use is for loose teeth caused by trauma.  These teeth can be connected by placing wires on the teeth, or bonding filling material between the teeth, or bonding a tooth colored material that looks like a...

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PROBLEMS WITH GRINDING AND HEAVY BITES

Problems with Grinding and Heavy Bites   People with stressful jobs frequently show signs of tooth grinding. Upon dental examination, these patients may have jaw muscle pain, a sore joint (the TMJ of temporomandibular joint), worn teeth, cracked teeth, very sensitive teeth, gum recession, mobile teeth. Wow! One of the simplest solutions is to have the patient wear a bite guard. Usually...

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Root Canal Therapy: Improvements Over the Years

Root Canal Therapy: Improvements Over the Years I learned about root canal therapy in dental school and many years ago.  Early in my career I practiced dentistry in the Army and honed my endodontic skills.  In recent years I have referred root canal cases to an endodontist (root canal specialist) I personally needed a root canal a couple of months ago, and I want to report on the changes and...

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