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Why Don’t You Want Me To Leave My Dentures In At Night?

Why Don’t You Want Me to Leave My Dentures in at Night?

A commonly accepted recommendation in years past was that denture wearers should wear their dentures 24/7. In theory, dentures would fit better in this way. However, today we know that this probably is no longer the correct approach--with few exceptions. Dentures are prosthetics that are usually made of plastic. This is a foreign material in the mouth, and the skin…

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What Do I Do If My Child’s Teeth Get Knocked Out?

What Do I Do If My Child’s Teeth Get Knocked Out?

Dental injuries, especially to the upper central incisors, are extremely common in both young children and in athletes, both adolescent, and adult.  Most of the time, the teeth get chipped or cracked and can be repaired by routine dental techniques like fillings or crowns.  Unfortunately, if a properly fitted mouthguard is not worn, more severe injuries can occur like bone…

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Witch’s Chins Only For Halloween

Witch’s Chins Only for Halloween

Chances are, you can spot denture wearers all around you—even without going to dental school.  You know what I’m talking about…. The older gentleman in church who has huge bright, white, straight teeth on the upper arch with what appears to be nothing on the lower arch; the little old lady in the garden club who doesn’t smile and looks…

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How Do You Fix A Cavity On A Tooth That Supports A Partial?

How Do You Fix A Cavity on A Tooth That Supports A Partial?

    One of the most difficult challenges that dentists must face is the task of retrofitting fillings and crowns to an existing removable partial denture.  For those who do not wear partials, a partial denture grips natural teeth with cast metal clasps.  Sometimes, these teeth break or develop tooth decay before the partial needs to be remade.  However, it is…

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Why Should We Spend Money To Save Baby Teeth?

Why Should We Spend Money To Save Baby Teeth?

Deciduous teeth, or "baby teeth" as they are commonly called, erupt during the first two years of life and function in a healthy mouth until the adult, succedaneous, teeth are fully developed. During this time, they function for chewing, speech development, esthetics, and they are critical for proper growth and development of the skull and jaw. When they are lost…

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Why Do I Need To Come In For A Cleaning Instead Of Just Brushing Them Really Well Myself?

Why do I need to come in for a cleaning instead of just brushing them really well myself?

A good friend of mine asked me this question just the other day.  It's worth writing about because he voiced the same question that many think but don't express.  Quite frankly, this is not an unreasonable question because unless you're in the dental profession, most people don't understand the skills that are involved a professional dental "cleaning" and that they are…

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What Is “Cosmetic Dentistry”?

What is “Cosmetic Dentistry”?

In light of reality television and many of the popular programs which inform people of the many reconstructive procedures that can be done medically, the term "cosmetic dentistry" has become a popular buzz word. Unfortunately, "cosmetic makeovers" are often done without considering the overall health, needs, and fundamental desires of each individual patient. In an era of evidence-based medicine, many of…

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What’s The Difference Between Sleep Apnea And Snoring?

What’s the difference between sleep apnea and snoring?

Snoring occurs when the muscles of neck relax during sleep, allowing the structures of the nose and mouth to to fall backwards against the back of the throat, constricting the airway.  As long as the person is breathing regularly and exchanging air, the only problem is for other people in the room.  However, many snorers actually stop breathing several times during the…

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