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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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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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 reason for its 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...

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TOOLS FOR DIAGNOSING DECAY

Tools for Diagnosing Decay   Back in the day, the dentist would look at your x-rays and inspect your mouth along with a dental mirror and a dental explorer (an instrument that used to pick at your teeth looking for soft spots). Later studies have shown that the dental explorer is not a very accurate method for decay diagnosis even though it is used today by nearly all dentists. One...

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ROOT CANAL TOOTH WITH VERY LITTLE TOOTH STRUCTURE

  Root Canal Tooth with Very Little Tooth Structure       I  recently completed more continuing dental education at our annual convention in Atlanta. It always provides the  opportunity to learn new techniques and revisit and update my views and knowledge on the treatment of various dental situations.   A condition which recently came to attention is the broken root canal tooth. One way...

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