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Improper Restorations Common Reason For Root Canal Problems

Improper Restorations Common Reason for Root Canal Problems

Quite often, patients initially say "no" to root canal therapy because they know of someone who has had a bad experience. Although some people have heard that root canal therapy is painful, the most common horror stories are about endodontically treated teeth (those that have had root canal therapy) cracking, breaking, or shattering and the subsequent loss of the tooth.…

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Why It Can’t Wait…

Why It Can’t Wait…

It is simply human nature to procrastinate dental work. There are multiple known reasons for this, including fear of discomfort, time constraints, and fear of the unknown.  Modern dental techniques that make dental care much more comfortable than in days past; technology that makes dental appointments much shorter, and a plethora of free information about dentistry that can be found on the…

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Why Have My Gums Around My New Crown Been Sensitive And Bleed Easily Since It Was Put On?

Why Have My Gums Around My New Crown Been Sensitive and Bleed Easily Since It Was Put On?

Assuming that you have been examined and treated appropriately for gum disease, there are basically two reasons for sensitivity of the gum tissues around the necks of crowns. The type of metal that the crown was made of may be problematic. More often, where the edge of the crown is placed may be infringing on what is called the biologic…

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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 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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Who Is That Person Who Takes My X-rays?

Who is that person who takes my x-rays?

Like the old saying goes, the chief is only as good as his helpers. Dental auxiliaries can make or break a dental office.  The quality of care that a dentist can provide is directly related to the skills of his/her team members. The ability to relate to people is an essential quality of any dental assistant.  Their duties vary but usually include collecting and managing…

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Oral Hygiene | Why Are You Supposed To Brush Your Tongue?

Oral Hygiene | Why Are You Supposed to Brush Your Tongue?

Germs that cause gum disease, gingivitis, and tooth decay live in groups.  These bacteria are much less destructive when their groups, called colonies, are mechanically broken up with  a toothbrush.  Another problem caused by bacterial colonization is the production of foul odors.  This is why proper oral hygiene is important. The surface of the tongue is covered with many little…

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Dental Anesthetic: You’ll Use Novocain, Won’t You?

Dental Anesthetic: You’ll Use Novocain, Won’t You?

Novocain (procaine), has not been used in dentistry since the 1940's as a dental anesthetic.  It was a direct derivative of cocaine, which was the original surgical anesthetic discovered in the 1860's.  Although procaine was not addictive, it was a poor anesthetic because it took a long time to work once injected and wore off very quickly once it did. …

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