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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DENTAL CHEWING PAIN AFTER A FILLING

  DENTAL CHEWING PAIN AFTER A FILLING On occasion, although the patient had no pain before getting fillings done, it will hurt to chew after the filling.  Why is that? Sensitivity in Chewing The first place to look is at the bite.  If that tooth is hitting first, that tooth will always hurt until the bite is adjusted.  By far this is the most common situation for sensitivity on...

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DENTAL INSURANCE: BEWARE OF THE OBAMA CARD DENTAL RIDER

Dental Insurance: Beware of the Obama Care Dental Rider Starting at the beginning of 2014 we started to see a few patients who bought new medical insurance through the new ObamaCare insurance agents. They then secured the dental rider thinking that they would have more traditional coverage for their dental services. What a surprise we had when the insurance paid almost nothing – less than...

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WHY DO DENTISTS LIKE GOLD?

Why Do Dentists Like Gold?   Back when gold was more affordable it was a restorative filling of choice. When I took my licensing examination I had to do a gold inlay (replacing a small part of the tooth) on a patient in order to pass. So, what are the advantages? Gold is very stable in the mouth.   A well made inlay, onlay (like an inlay but covers at least one “cusp” of the tooth), or...

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WHY DO DENTISTS USE SILVER (AMALGAM) FILLINGS?

Why do Dentists Use Silver (Amalgam) Fillings? Silver amalgam fillings have been around for a very long time. How long?   They were used in China over 1000 years ago, and in Germany in the 1500s. They made it to America and were used in the 1840s, but banned for a short period. In the late 1850s they were recommended by the newly formed American Dental Association.  Advantages of Amalgam...

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