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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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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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Cosmetic Dentistry | Why Do I Need A Reline When I Just Got My Dentures A Year Ago?

Cosmetic Dentistry | Why Do I Need a Reline When I Just Got My Dentures a Year Ago?

On average, dentures should be replaced approximately every 7 years, and after approximately 1 year for an immediately placed "treatment denture."  When a patient wears complete dentures, supporting bony ridges are subjected to unnatural forces that contribute to rapid loss of bone.  Therefore, the fit of the denture changes rapidly.  Secondly, ill-fitting dentures cause even more damage to supporting bone as…

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Will My High Filling Wear In?

Will My High Filling Wear In?

It is very common for new tooth-colored fillings, and temporary crowns, to be “high” after the numbness wears off. Usually, this is accompanied by “sensitivity” to cold foods or drink that disappears as soon as the tooth warms up to body temperature again. The same problem can also occur when new crowns are placed, depending on when the dentist records…

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George Washington’s Dentures

George Washington’s Dentures

Were George Washington’s teeth really wood? Actually, George Washington’s teeth probably were not wood, but the artificial gums that held them probably were. Varying stories exist, but the one that I think is probably the most accurate is that George probably had hand-carved wooden denture bases that had the teeth of dead battlefield corpses screwed into them. Yep, prior to…

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Why Do I Need Caps If I Haven’t Had A Cavity In Years?

Why Do I Need Caps If I Haven’t Had a Cavity In Years?

You May Need A Crown To Fix Existing Dental Work Large fillings have been used as an economical therapy to restore cavities for over a century, many times to treat cavities or to replace cusps that have broken off. Often, pins have been placed to hold these fillings in place. However, this type of restoration is a “short-term” fix, realistically,…

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Why Is There A Variation In Fees For Crowns

Why Is There A Variation In Fees For Crowns

Differences In Crowns All crowns are not created equal. There are many different types and qualities of crowns that depend on the individual needs of each patient, the laboratory that is used to make the crowns, the choice of metal used, whether or not porcelain or acrylic is used, etc. Sometimes, even plastic crowns are made that are “temporary” in…

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Why are my fillings turning black?

Amalgam Fillings Turning Black Dental amalgam is the filling material that has been used by most dentists for many, many years to fix cavities in teeth. Essentially, it is a blend of metals like silver, copper, and tin. In order to make it moldable, a small amount of mercury is incorporated into the filling material, which allows it to be…

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