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Dental Implants Then And Now

Dental Implants Then and Now

Dental implants have been being placed for decades in many forms. Early implant styles were basically surgical steel plates shaped like picket fences that were placed into slots in the jaw bone for bone to grow around. Unfortunately, few of these proved to be successful over time because of infections around them and unusual healing of the bone around the…

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Avoiding Appliance Antics

Avoiding Appliance Antics

Bite splints, nightguards, partial dentures, retainers, and dentures are types of removable dental appliances. They typically are made partially or completely out of acrylic, a porous type of plastic that is made from mixing a powder and a liquid that goes through several stages as it sets: granular, liquid, gel, putty, and then solid. While many steps are taken in…

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Witch’s Chins Only For Halloween (denture Wearers)

Witch’s Chins Only for Halloween (denture wearers)

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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Magnification Matters

Magnification Matters

Magnification Glasses - Why Dental Professionals Wear Them It is common today to see dentists and even some hygienists donning strange-looking and cumbersome spectacles that look like something from a sci-fi film. The days of the bright overhead operating lights are also coming to an end as clinicians today wear portable headlamps that seem to balance off their glasses. Some…

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Reasonable Expectations For New Denture

Reasonable Expectations for New Denture

Denture Expecations There is a tendency for many to desire dentures rather than to invest in saving their existing teeth through maintenance and restorative dentistry. I personally cannot understand this, and I definitely cannot understand why some dentists would agree to remove reasonably salvageable teeth to comply with a patient's desire to have dentures. Denture wearers usually have decreased confidence…

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Fighting Brain Fog

Fighting Brain Fog

How do you fight brain fog? Do you have problems focusing at work or in school? Do you ever stop yourself in the middle of the day and forget where you have just been or where you just put that stack of papers down two minutes ago? Do you ever drift away when driving and wonder how you just drove…

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Cleared For Surgery

Cleared for Surgery

When planning a major surgery, it should be normal protocol for the surgeon to ask for dental pre-op clearance because of the strong association between dental disease and overall systemic health. For example, untreated periodontal disease ramps up the body's bacterial load which may lead to postoperative systemic infection when the body is challenged by a surgical event. In fact,…

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Facts About Fillings!

Facts about Fillings!

Filling Facts A dental filling fills a hole in a tooth that used to have natural tooth structure. That hole can be created by tooth decay or even when part of the tooth breaks off. While "fillings" can be made of tooth-colored ceramic or plastic, they can also be made from metal like gold or silver-colored dental amalgam. Most of…

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Reasons Root Canal Therapy May Be Painful

Reasons Root Canal Therapy May be Painful

Risks of Root Canals It is no surprise that one of the most feared dental procedures is the root canal. This is unfortunate because root canal therapy carries a much higher success rate than most medical procedures. Nearly 9 out of 10 teeth treated with root canals remain comfortable and functional for many years! However, sometimes there is lingering pain…

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