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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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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 Better, Saving A Tooth With A Root Canal Or Replacing It With Dental Implants?

What’s better, saving a tooth with a root canal or replacing it with dental implants?

Dental implants have proven over the past 20+ years to be a fantastic alternative to many traditional dental therapies.  They have proven to be between 88% and 96% successful in replacing one or many teeth.  However, they do tend to be more costly than traditional dentistry in many situations, require specially trained dentists and surgeons, and cannot be placed in…

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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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What Causes Cold Sores?

What Causes Cold Sores?

Cold sores start out with a tingling sensation on the firmer tissues of the lip, outside of the cheeks, corners of the mouth, and on the tongue.  Small blisters then form that are yellowish in color with red raised borders.  Unlike other types of mouth sores, cold sores are contagious! Cold sores are actually a form of the herpes virus…

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Why Do People Seem To Get More Cavities As They Get Old?

Why Do People Seem to Get More Cavities as They Get Old?

Causes of Cavities as We Age Saliva, a major chemical buffer that maintains the acid/base balance in our mouths and is produced by salivary glands. These glands are predominantly located in our cheeks and under our tongues.  These glands produce two types of saliva.  Serous saliva is "wet and watery", and mucoid saliva is "sticky and thick."  Serous glands mainly produce buffering…

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Why You Need To Have Your Dentures Evaluated

Why You Need To Have Your Dentures Evaluated

By. Dr. Kevin Huff The number of people who wear complete dentures has been steadily declining over the past few decades. One report suggests that only about 3% of adults will be missing all of their teeth by 2050. However, the fact remains that many people today still need quality denture therapy because they lost their teeth in yesteryear when…

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Could That Little Spot On Your Tongue Be A Sign Of Oral Cancer?

Could that Little Spot on Your Tongue be a Sign of Oral Cancer?

First off, you’re very fortunate to have a dentist who is so attentive!  One of the wonderful services that dentists can do for a patient is to potentially save their lives by early detection of oral cancer.  One of the most deadly forms of cancer is squamous cell carcinoma that originates in the mouth because in its early stages it…

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