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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Tooth Loss: Alternative Medicine Considerations

Tooth Loss: Alternative Medicine Considerations   I recently had a new patient, a female in her mid-50’s, who presented with deep decay on her first molar. After removing the decay the pulp area was exposed, and the space showed a pulp exposure that did not bleed. This usually indicates that the pulp is at least partially dead or totally necrotic. This patient is aware of alternative...

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Treatment Planning and Compromised Health

Treatment Planning Dental Patients with Compromised Health   A 70 year old female came in a week ago.   She has had good dental care for many years up until only the last couple of years. When she came to see me, her crown had fallen off her first premolar (the tooth just behind the canine). After inspecting the crown, I saw a much bigger problem because the tooth structure was...

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INTERESTING DENTAL CASE WITH MILD TRAUMA

Interesting Dental Case with Mild Trauma   A patient of long standing came in last week with some concerns.  The work delivered to this patient over the years includes a 6-unit dental bridge in the upper anterior, a dental implant with crown on the upper left, and several fillings throughout the mouth. When he appeared he was concerned that there was a problem with the dental implant on...

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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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HALLOWEEN CANDY and the Dentist

Halloween Candy and the Dentist   Halloween is one of the oldest holidays on the planet and is still celebrated all over the world in different ways.   Since the late 40s Canada and the United States have led the world in Halloween fun with pumpkins, costume parties, decorations and trick or treating. Halloween Traditions   When I was a kid I’d go out trick-or-treating and...

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