STAINING OF TEETH

Staining of Teeth Wow! There are so many ways to get your teeth stained. If you were born in an area of high fluoride, or if your mom took tetracycline when she was pregnant, you might just be born with stained teeth. The environment for the infant has been deemed a factor for tooth discoloration problems Food Stains Most of you are aware that foods with color and foods that are acidic are...

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DENTAL BRIDGE COMPLICATIONS: THE LOOSE BRIDGE

Dental bridge complications: the loose bridge   A dental bridge is a cemented appliance used to replace missing teeth. In the traditional technique, the teeth (abutment) used to support the missing teeth (pontic) are drilled just like for a dental crown. When the drilling is done, the laboratory fabricates the bridge out of metal alloys or zirconium which can have porcelain baked on to it...

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Gummy Smiles: Why, and What Can You Do About Them?

Gummy Smiles: Why, and What Can You Do About Them?   I have recently treated a patient who did not like her gummy smile, and her teeth were misaligned. She did not communicate to me that she had a problem with the gums showing but secretly hoped that Invisalign would help that – a fact that she admitted to later. In fact, Invisalign will straighten a person’s bite but doesn’t...

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INTERESTING CASE STUDY: DENTAL WHITENING

Interesting Case Study: Dental Whitening   A 50 years old female patient came to my office for impressions for an in-home tooth whitening.  She explained that she had just one tooth that was grayer than the others and that was all that bothered her. An inspection revealed that the gray was on an upper central incisor near the biting edge. The gray showed through for about 4mm. This...

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IMPLANTS OR REMOVABLE PARTIAL DENTURE?

 Implants or Removable Partial Dentures?   I sometimes see patients who have lost a tooth or multiple teeth. I’m not talking about dentures, and I’m not talking about patients who have too many teeth for the size of their jaw when they get their teeth straightened. I’m talking about teeth that you want to keep. The recommended way to replace missing teeth is with dental implants. The...

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What are CT Scans Used For in Dentistry?

What are CT Scans Used for in Dentistry?   Good dentistry is all about correct detection, diagnosis and treatment – all done right the first time.  And these things have to be done right in a small spaces. There is literally no room for error.  This is where the CT scan comes in. A CT scan provides the surgeon with a 3-dimensional image of the area scanned. This is particularly...

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