DENTAL ADVICE BLOGS 2011

 


This is an archived list of DENTAL BLOGS from previous days.  All BLOGS are written by one of our editors, all of whom are practicing dentists.
 
The purpose of the dental blogs is to provide further dental information which may help others with similar issues, or to stimulate questions or discussion.  If you have questions about any procedures or statements made here, please feel free to CONTACT US.

At the beginning of each DENTAL BLOG, the TOPIC of the entry is listed to provide ease of use.

Any references made to patients are entirely anonymous, and any names used are made up to protect the real person's privacy.  Also, your personal dentist should be consulted regarding any dental procedure which you intend to have done, as this site is not intended to diagnose or treat anyone's dental needs.

 22 December 2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO EVERYONE! 

Thanks for visiting!

16 November 2011

PIERCINGS AND DENTAL ISSUES

Piercings are becoming very common all over the body, and especially the oral cavity.  While they may be appealing, they can cause a variety of dental problems.  People very often fracture teeth or they can cause your gums to recede, which leads to periodontal disease and eventual tooth loss.

7 October 2011

SMOKING AND GUM DISEASE

Some people don't realize the harmful effects that smoking can have on your gums.  We see 30yo patients who smoke, with more gum disease and dental bone loss than patients in their 70s who do not.  And the end result of gum disease is tooth loss, so if you needed one more reason to quit smoking, losing your teeth should be a motivating one.

12 September 2011

HOW DID YOUR ROOT CANAL GO?

Visit our endodontics page to let others know how your root canal went.  Many people are very nervous about getting root canals, when most of the times patients are surprised at how quickly and relatively pain free the experience is.  Or, if you had a bad experience you can share that as well!

31 August 2011

ANESTHETIZING LOWER TEETH

People often wonder why when lower teeth are being worked on, the dentist injects in the back of the mouth.  As the pictures below illustrate, the inferior alveolar nerve, which innervates the lower teeth, goes into a foramen in the mandible.  Therefore, it is necessary to numb the nerve before it goes into the foramen and is encased in bone.





16 August 2011

DENTAL INFECTIONS

When you have an infected tooth, it is very important to get it addressed ASAP.  Dental infections can become very serious, and even fatal.  Swelling can advance into areas which can restrict swallowing or even breathing.  Also if you start to run a temperature, that is also not a good sign.  Antibiotics also take a couple of days to start to work, so even after you start taking them, the infection may get worse before it gets better.

1 July 2011

HAVE A SAFE AND FUN 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND!

15 June 2011

DON'T BE SHY

Because of local anesthetics, dental treatment in general should not hurt.  Sometimes you feel pressure, but if anything hurts, you definitely should let your dentist know.  It is common to simply raise your hand and your dentist should be aware that you have something to say.  Your dentist should want you comfortable, as it makes it easier on everyone involved.

13 May 2011

SLEEP APNEA

This is a very common problem, often times undiagnosed, and can cause a variety of health issues.  This is when your breathing is obstructed when you sleep, and we all know we need to breathe!  Sometimes surgery is needed, but there are very simple and inexpensive solutions as well, such as mandibular advancement devices such as PureSleep.

27 April 2011

SEALANTS AND CAVITY PREVENTION

After a tooth has had a sealant, it can still get decay and need to be filled.  Sealants only seal the biting surface of a tooth, but there are 4 other sides of a tooth that can still get decay.  Also, typically only about 8 of your 28-32 teeth are sealed, so you still need to brush and floss daily.

8 April 2011

REFERRED PAIN

People often come in with toothaches convinced that it is from a particular tooth.  Sometimes it is, but a problem in one tooth can refer pain to different areas of the mouth, such as from top to bottom or even to the opposite side.  Keep that in mind if your dentist tries to convince you that the tooth on your lower right side may be causing the pain on your upper left!

23 March 2011

BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS

We have added new photos of types of situations where Lumineers or veneers can help improve your smile as with chipped teeth, discolorations, or even slight straightening.

23 February 2011

SEEING A SPECIALIST

If your dentist wants to refer you to a specialist, such as an endodontistoral surgeon, pediatric dentist, or other specialist, try to understand that it is in your best interest to accept the referral.  It will make the procedure much easier to tolerate, and you will probably have a better result as well. 

2 February 2011

LUMINEERS

People often ask us about Lumineers.  Lumineers are a form of porcelain veneers, which are done without anesthetic, require little to no tooth preparation, and are bonded directly to your teeth.  They are very effective in giving you the smile that you've always dreamed of!

3 January 2011

VENEERS

We are looking for a lucky patient to have veneers placed on their front 8 teeth.  The procedure will be overseen by some of the leading cosmetic dentists in the country.  If you are unhappy with your smile and want a life changing experience, contact us for more details.

1 January 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

 

 


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