Gum and Tooth Tonic Works!

Gum and Tooth Tonic Works Well   In my office we do a non-surgical treatment of gums with a deep cleaning. These patients typically have developed gum disease with deep pocketing, inflamed gums that bleed easily plus plaque and often calculus (also known as tartar).  In other words, their teeth and gums are in pretty bad shape and our goal is to help save their teeth. The treatment involves...

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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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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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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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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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