CHIPPING FRONT TEETH

Chipping Front Teeth   Front teeth can take a beating. A knock in the face with a baseball, a hockey stick, an elbow, etc. can result in trauma from as small as a chip to a large crack on the tooth that could even involve the nerve.   Treatment could be nothing or a filling of appropriate size.   Or it could be as extensive as a root canal or extraction on the extreme...

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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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A Very Interesting Fractured Tooth Case with a Great Outcome

A VERY INTERESTING FRACTURED TOOTH CASE WITH A GREAT OUTCOME   I received a text from a patient yesterday alerting me that he has a dental emergency – he fractured his front tooth off. I had him take a picture of the broken tooth and his smile to get an idea of what needed to be done. He had 25% percent of the crown left with a clean break, no pain. The tooth never needed any dental...

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INTERESTING TOOTH GRINDING CASE

Interesting Tooth Grinding Case I recently treated a senior citizen with discomfort in her lower anterior teeth.  She just couldn’t get used to the feel of the cosmetic veneers recently placed on her upper teeth. I spent an hour adjusting her bite which did help some, but she was still uncomfortable with the feel of it. In fact she was taking a file to her teeth to adjust the high points or at...

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WHY IS A SOFT TISSUE GRAFT RECOMMENDED?

Why is a Soft Tissue Graft Recommended?   Rather frequently I see a patient in need of a soft tissue graft.  While there are certain conditions that lead to that recommendation, the primary reason is always the same – to save all the teeth!   When the gum recedes from the crown of the tooth, more root structure is exposed. The root does not contain any enamel on it and is...

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TREATING LOOSE TEETH

Treating Loose Teeth   Over time, a patient can have their teeth loosen up in their mouth, usually because of bone loss. Pathologic bone loss occurs when periodontal disease accelerates and bone is lost around the teeth.  Unfortunately, often the teeth cannot be saved and the patient has to face the reality of getting dental replacements.  The options are implants, fixed or removable...

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