What? People are brushing their teeth with charcoal?

What?  People are brushing their teeth with charcoal? Yes, believe it or not, there are now a few charcoal tooth paste products that can be purchased on the Internet.  You can buy the pasty type, or a powder.    The powder is messy to use and if you aren’t careful you can have a black dripping mess.  You are encouraged to brush your teeth afterwards with your regular paste. ...

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PARTIAL DENTURES

Partial Dentures I have been a dentist for more than 30 years and have been fortunate enough to have several long- term patients throughout my tenure.  As these patients have continued to see me throughout the years, their dental conditions have changed, as well as dental technology available to help in treatment.  But through all the changes and variables, there has always been the constant...

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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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WHY CRACKS ON A LOWER MOLAR INDICATE A TOOTH SHOULD BE CROWNED

WHY CRACKS ON A LOWER MOLAR INDICATE A TOOTH SHOULD BE CROWNED   Sometimes a dentist recommends a crown for a tooth such as a lower molar, but the tooth doesn’t hurt or feel odd.  Is the dentist wrong?  Not likely. The further one chews towards the back of the mouth, the more force is generated on the teeth. On the back of the lower molars, a crack can develop. Without treatment the...

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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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