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Tongue Piercing

A Bit on Body Art In every big city—and down on a lot of farms—"body art" is all the rage. While we begged our parents for discreet earrings, our children are piercing various body parts in surprising places. Lips, tongue, cheeks, even the uvula (the dangling thingie in the back of the throat) are fair game in and around the mouth. Aesthetics aside, how dangerous is piercing, really? First, the downside Piercing usually happens at a salon or, more often, a tattoo parlor. Though some states regulate such businesses, few piercers are licensed, most self-taught. The tongue, in particular, has veins that mustn't be disturbed. We hope your piercer knows where they are. Sterilization standards must be in place or [...]

By |2022-01-10T22:54:24+00:00May 17th, 2022|Patient Education|Comments Off on Tongue Piercing

What’s Your Smile Say?

The most famous smile in history belongs to Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting, the Mona Lisa. Generations of art analysts have speculated over its meaning. Seductive? Bashful? Secretly knowing? Or could it be, given her upturned—but firmly closed lips, that she was ashamed of showing her teeth? Could they have been chipped, stained, crooked or gapped? These days there's no need to hide your smile because your teeth aren't perfect. Modern cosmetic technology can straighten, repair, contour, and whiten teeth, using twenty-first-century techniques to create a natural-looking appearance in a less-than-perfect mouth. Leonardo, Mona Lisa's creator, was not only a painter but also a mathematician and engineer. So it's not surprising that her mouth and eyes form a perfect equal-sided [...]

By |2020-07-27T18:48:25+00:00September 25th, 2020|Cosmetic Dentistry|Comments Off on What’s Your Smile Say?

EMERGENCY! Save that Tooth!

Dental emergencies happen. If a permanent tooth is knocked out, don't delay. Call us immediately for an emergency visit. Re-implanting a tooth works best when done within 30 minutes. After two hours, the procedure is unlikely to be successful. Call us after any blow to the mouth. A chipped tooth can be repaired, and any blow hard enough to chip a tooth is hard enough to move teeth out of alignment, even break the jawbone. Other dental emergencies include pain, swelling, or a lost filling. If you think it's an emergency, so do we.

By |2020-06-27T20:31:51+00:00July 28th, 2020|Emergency Dentistry|Comments Off on EMERGENCY! Save that Tooth!