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Baby Teeth and Teething

Being mammals, we sport two sets of teeth, the primaries and the permanent. Assuming Mom has already lent strength to her baby's teeth during pregnancy—beginning from week seven of prenatal life—teeth grow through two stages. In the first permutation, teeth take shape; in the second, the cells are actually transformed to perform different functions. All this is percolating as you enjoy pickles and ice cream. When your baby is born, you won't see teeth, but they're there. Enamel and dentin are still forming in the jaw and, in a matter of months, the teething process is well underway. The root, however, will take another few years to be firmly established. Make no mistake about the role of "baby" teeth—they are [...]

By |2021-10-20T19:35:56+00:00January 11th, 2022|Children's Dentistry|Comments Off on Baby Teeth and Teething

Have you ever smiled in the mirror…

And wondered, what if... What if your teeth were less prominent, or just a bit more even, or maybe that missing chip was back in its place? Cosmetic dentistry isn't "just for movie stars" or "just for women." Typically it's a very conservative treatment that returns huge dividends in personal self-confidence. Today we have new materials and techniques that can put a super smile within everyone's reach. For example, porcelain onlays and inlays can return structural integrity to damaged teeth, while leaving them looking as natural as the ones you were born with. For teeth that are intact but seem to lack that youthful sparkle, we have a variety of procedures that are simple, safe, and effective. You may want [...]

By |2021-02-20T17:38:19+00:00June 22nd, 2021|Cosmetic Dentistry|Comments Off on Have you ever smiled in the mirror…

When Heartburn Comes with the Check

It might be a big Italian meal—meatballs, lasagna, red wine—or a serious encounter with stuffed jalapenos. Whatever your preference, if you suffer heartburn, you're going to pay for it. Every month, 40% of the population suffers heartburn. An unlucky 10% reach for the antacids or acid blockers daily. Heartburn is a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux, the escape of acids from the stomach back into the esophagus. There is a burning sensation behind the breastbone, maybe a sour taste in the mouth. Mild-to-moderate heartburn is a nuisance, but with chronic reflux, stomach acid can irritate the lining of the esophagus, larynx, and throat. Recurring episodes of heartburn during sleep can even erode tooth enamel. Any hoarseness, persistent throat clearing, or difficulty [...]

By |2021-02-20T17:24:54+00:00May 4th, 2021|Patient Education|Comments Off on When Heartburn Comes with the Check

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