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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Splinting Teeth

Splinting Teeth What is “teeth splinting?” Teeth splinting is a procedure where teeth are connected together with a material which keeps them stable, minimizing any possible movement. One use is for loose teeth caused by trauma.  These teeth can be connected by placing wires on the teeth, or bonding filling material between the teeth, or bonding a tooth colored material that looks like a...

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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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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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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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