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Your Teeth and How to Keep Them

By studying the anatomy of a tooth and learning about the functions of the many structures, we can better understand the basics of maintaining good oral health and why it is so important to avoid cavities. Let's take a look at... The crown is the part of the tooth you see when you look in your mouth. The crowns of your back teeth have pointed cusps and depressions. When you chew, the cusps of the teeth in one jaw fit into the depressions of the teeth in the other jaw. The root portion of a tooth anchors the tooth in the jawbone. It is hidden by gums. The root makes up about two-thirds of the total length of the tooth. [...]

By |2020-12-29T17:19:59+00:00March 2nd, 2021|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Your Teeth and How to Keep Them

Dental Anxiety: No Laughing Matter

We'd like to offer one comforting and wonderful fact about today's dentistry: it's virtually painless. Technology, new procedures, and some very sophisticated approaches to anesthesia have all contributed to painless treatment, from cleaning to cavity preparations to root canals. But what if you didn't grow up with modem dentistry, and remember it differently? If you have had difficult dental experiences, you may be among the 150 million Americans who white-knuckle their way through treatment or avoid the dentist altogether. The fact is, about 80% of the fearful can overcome this kind of anxiety, with a little help from an empathetic dentist. Everyone in our practice understands dental fear and where it comes from. We are trained in forming good working [...]

By |2020-12-29T17:18:00+00:00February 23rd, 2021|Fear & Anxiety|Comments Off on Dental Anxiety: No Laughing Matter

Soothe Your Joints…

Love Your Gums! Treating gum disease can actually reduce the severity of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Arthritis sufferers may soon be jumping for joy. Yes—in case you needed another reason to nip gum disease in the bud, researchers are demonstrating a link between periodontitis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The good news is, treating gum disease can go beyond creating a healthy foundation for your teeth and actually reduce the severity of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. It makes sense. In both diseases, unchecked inflammation eats away at hard and soft tissues. So scientists studied whether the condition of arthritis patients who also had periodontal disease might be improved using nonsurgical treatment of gum disease—just standard scaling and root planing. They discovered that removing [...]

By |2020-12-29T17:16:01+00:00February 16th, 2021|Periodontal Dentistry|Comments Off on Soothe Your Joints…

The Basics of Flossing

One of the simplest preventive hygiene exercises you can do for yourself is something you've heard of before. It bears repeating: floss. Every 24 hours, bacteria contribute to a new batch of plaque. Brushing, no matter how well or how long, won't get all the "bugs," especially between teeth and where your teeth meet gum tissue. Flossing before or after brushing should be a part of everyone's home care program. The kind of floss—waxed, unwaxed, or tape—doesn't matter. Just choose what you're comfortable with and use it. Wrap about 18 inches of floss around your fingers. Give yourself an inch or two to work with. If the floss frays or builds up with debris, re-loop the floss and keep at [...]

By |2020-12-29T17:12:45+00:00February 9th, 2021|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on The Basics of Flossing

The Shading of Your Smile

Regardless of what your smile needs (cosmetic improvement, tooth restoration, even dentures), there's one thing you'll want when we're done: attractive, natural-looking teeth. Getting teeth to look their natural best comes from the shape and color assessments we make throughout the procedure. Color depends on tooth size and thickness, location in the mouth, your skin, and eye coloring—even your age. Aren't Natural Teeth "white"? The best looking teeth, like gems, exhibit many different tones and hints. They're lighter towards the front and center, deepening in shade towards the molars which receive (and reflect) less light. Silver amalgam in the mouth can have a long effect on apparent tooth color—and a good reason for considering a more flattering tooth-colored filling. A [...]

By |2020-12-29T17:10:12+00:00February 2nd, 2021|Cosmetic Dentistry|Comments Off on The Shading of Your Smile

How Are You Sleeping?

We have informational brochures in our office concerning snoring and sleep apnea. If you suffer from these problems or are losing sleep because of someone who does, answering these simple questions may help you identify your symptoms. A Sleep Quiz I have been told that I snore. I have been told that I snore loudly, every night, and in all sleep positions. I have been jolted awake gasping for breath during the night. I fall asleep at inappropriate times like when driving a car or at work. After a full night's sleep, I wake up feeling tired. I have trouble concentrating. I have become unusually forgetful. I am told or I feel uncharacteristically irritable, anxious, or depressed. I frequently wake [...]

By |2020-12-29T17:00:10+00:00January 26th, 2021|Snoring & Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on How Are You Sleeping?

Tooth Watch: Early Detection

Why Early Detection is so Important Wouldn't you say that the best dental treatment is the one you never had to undergo in the first place—because it was caught and corrected in time? We sure would! We're always on the lookout for a potential problem that can be avoided. That's why during any checkup, we specialize in early detection to let you know about any problem areas we might see and are of course happy to demonstrate proper brushing/flossing techniques anytime. Often, you can avoid future chair time with just a little TLC. There's another good reason for regular dental appointments. Your mouth is a sort of distant early warning system of all sorts of things going on: in your [...]

By |2020-12-29T16:57:48+00:00January 19th, 2021|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Tooth Watch: Early Detection

About Nitrous Oxide

The search for a substance that would let a patient slip into merciful oblivion during surgery has been one of mankind's goals for centuries. In North America, we can thank a dentist, Horace Wells of Connecticut, for the development of nitrous oxide as a form of dental anesthesia. During the early 1840s, Dr. Wells was looking for ways to make his patients more comfortable during procedures. While watching a demonstration of a popular intoxicant, a drug called "laughing gas," Dr. Wells saw the possibility of helping his patients. The next day, he had one of his own teeth pulled while he inhaled this new mixture. The operation was a success, and Wells began using "laughing gas" in his practice. When [...]

By |2020-12-29T16:51:25+00:00January 12th, 2021|Patient Education|Comments Off on About Nitrous Oxide

Information on Oral Lesions

During the course of a day, you're likely to have a look inside your mouth and briefly survey the landscape. We hope so, anyway. Aside from the stray loose filling or that crown that will need repair soon, fuss over the soft tissues in your mouth—the mucous membrane, the skin. Are there any red or white spots you haven't noticed before? Maybe you have taken a wait-and-see approach to a small sore you found last week. Any unexplained swelling? Discoloration that doesn't hurt a lick? Come on in; we need to see what you see. Most oral lesions, as we call them, are harmless. A piece of crusty French bread with dinner can scratch delicate tissues. But if you use [...]

By |2020-12-29T16:50:00+00:00January 5th, 2021|Patient Education|Comments Off on Information on Oral Lesions

How Old Is Your Smile?

The concept of dental age is surprising to people when they first hear it. Dental age is independent of chronological age. From a biological stand point, we are youthful until we reach maturity around thirty, we are adults from thirty to sixty years, and elder from sixty on. From a dental stand point, we are youthful at any age as long as we have close to a full compliment of teeth or its equivalent and the supporting tissues are in good health. An adult dental age would be consistent with fixed bridges, small removable partial dentures, or bone loss around the teeth due to periodontal disease. We are considered dental elders when we have full dentures or extensive partial dentures. [...]

By |2020-12-01T00:19:31+00:00December 22nd, 2020|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on How Old Is Your Smile?