Bumps in Your Mouth

Bumps in Your Mouth “Oh my God, there is a bump in my mouth!” Well there are several bumps in the mouth that are anatomical features and are supposed to be there. For example, there is a pad in the cheek called the parotid papilla. This is a flap of tissue covering the place where saliva comes out from the parotid gland, a salivary gland in the cheek. Another is a pad behind your 2 front...

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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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Interesting Case: Severe Tooth Pain from Biting on a Nail

Interesting Case: Severe Tooth Pain from Biting on a Nail   Recently one of my patients, a 40 year old female, was eating at a restaurant and bit down on a nail that was in her food!   The result was severe tooth pain. The tooth in question was an upper second molar. Complicating the matter was a wisdom tooth behind this tooth that had  “supra-erupted significantly (this means that...

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Did the dentist get all the decay out of my tooth?

Did the dentist get all the decay out of my tooth?   On occasion a new patient will arrive to my office with decay around or under a filling that was done years earlier.  They will need a new filling or a crown.  The usual question is: ‘Did the last dentist leave some decay in the tooth?’   It can be tricky for the dentist to get all of the decay out of a tooth....

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FRACTURE IN A TOOTH: A CASE STUDY

Fracture in a tooth: a case study   A patient in her 40s showed up in my office last summer. One of her complaints is that she could not chew on her lower right molar (#30), and the discomfort was persistent. I recommended that she see a root canal specialist, which she finally did almost a year later. The fracture was visible on a photo of the biting surface, and this extended to the...

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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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