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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An Interesting Case: I Want to Keep My Teeth AND Don’t Want a Denture

An Interesting Case: I Want to Keep My Teeth AND Don’t Want a Denture   I have a new patient who has come in with a loose upper central incisor, a definite cosmetic problem. She has 1 upper molar left on each side, and she is missing a premolar on each side as well. The loose front tooth needed to be extracted and her other central incisor is guarded but still usuable for some period of...

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THE MOST CHALLENGING COSMETIC PROBLEM IN DENTISTRY

  The Most Challenging Cosmetic Problem in Dentistry   There are many challenges in cosmetic dentistry. One might think that getting  6 or 8 crowns or veneers would be challenging. But, the lab can make everything the same size and use the same shades of porcelain in each part of the tooth, and achieving this result, though it may require some time, is not that challenging. A more...

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YOUR DENTAL BRIDGE IS FAILING

Your Dental Bridge is Failing What is a Bridge A dental bridge, or a fixed dental bridge, is a method to replace a missing tooth by putting a dental crown on each tooth on either side of a space, and then connecting a missing tooth to the crown on each side. The bridge is then permanently cemented so that you don’t have to take it out every night like you would with a removable partial...

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COSMETIC CASE STUDY: TOOTH SIZE DISCREPANCY

Cosmetic Case Study: Tooth Size Discrepancy One of my patients has been in braces for almost a year.  If you look carefully at her smile it can be seen that one upper central incisor is wider than the other (almost 1 mm).  Not good, when you’re working for the perfect smile. The first consideration is when to correct this condition. The orthodontist wants to do something now so that he...

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BOTOX IN DENTISTRY

Botox in Dentistry Amazingly enough, Botox has found its way into dentistry. What is Botox? Botox is the brand name of the Botulinum toxin produced by a bacterium, clostridium botulinum. Clostridium botulinum is also the bacterium that causes botulism, a potentially fatal disease which is toxic to the nervous system. Though a bacterium, it has been used regularly to iron out wrinkles in the...

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