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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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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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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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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The N.Y. Times Article Questioning Flossing: A Comment

The N.Y. Times Article Questioning Flossing: A Comment The N.Y. Times published an article last week explaining the view that flossing may be overrated despite being recommended for years and years. Just keep in mind that there is an entire specialty in dentistry, periodontology, to help patients who have difficulty with bleeding gums and bone loss. Much of the disease may come from inadequate...

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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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