Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Cosmetic Bonding

What do you do if you have a small gap in between your teeth?
You could get braces. 
You could get crowns or veneers. 

But both of those options are expensive and time consuming. 

What if there was a way to close gaps that didn't cost a lot that 
could be done in 1 appointment?

There is!
It's called cosmetic bonding. 
Here is a case that I just did today. 

Before

 After

Cosmetic bonding is a small amount of filling material that
is placed on the side of 1, or both, teeth in order to close the gap. 
There are other types of cosmetic bonding but the same concept applies. 
It's as strong as a normal filling because that's what it is. 

No numbing shots
No big bill
No weeks or months of treatment 




Monday, November 14, 2016

Which floss is the best?

People ask me which type of floss is the "best" type of floss. 
Thin Floss
Thick Floss
Waxed......
Unwaxed.......
Floss on a handle
etc.
etc.
etc.

The answer to this is easy. 
The best floss is ........whichever floss you will use. 
The percentage of people who will floss daily is around 40%.
And the number of people who will never floss is around 20%.

So the "type" of floss you use is not nearly as important 
as actually "using" the floss.  Because it really doesn't matter.





Wednesday, November 9, 2016

What is a Root Canal?

People ask me all the time....
"So what exactly is a root canal"?

Well it's really not that complicated. 
Let's make it a little easier to understand shall we.

The inside of your teeth are hollow. 
There is a CANAL running through them like a 
canal that carries water.

The canals run down the entire length of the the ROOT.

The canals in your roots carry the nerves of the teeth. 
When the nerve dies, and/or becomes infected, it will cause
pain and/or infection. 

A root canal is simply going into the ROOT to clean out the CANAL. 
Thus ROOT CANAL. 

The picture here simplifies it really well. 
The tooth on the left has a cavity that has gotten down into the nerve.
After a root canal, the picture on the right, there is no longer a nerve in 
the canals. There is now a filling. 

No nerve .......... No pain. 







Thursday, November 3, 2016

Why do I need regular dental visits?

Some people refuse to come to the dentist unless it hurts 
or unless they can see something wrong in the mirror at their house.

These very same people are usually the ones that end up with the 
largest amount of crown, root canals, and broken teeth. 

Below is a perfect example of why REGULAR dental
visits are so important. 

The tooth below did not hurt. 
The patient couldn't see anything wrong with it. 

Once we took a digital image and blew it up a little however, 
the problem became very clear. 

There is a crack in the tooth. 
We were able to remove the cracked portion and place a new 
filling that will, hopefully, stop this small crack from progressing 
into a much larger problem in the future. 



The after image.

Please do not wait for pain, or actual tooth breakage, 
before you go see your dentist. 



Thursday, October 27, 2016

Replacing Amalgam Fillings

Sadly, one of the tactics used by shady dentists out there is to 
tell people that all of their silver fillings need to be replaced. 

Do silver fillings need to be replaced?
Yes.
Almost everything artificial needs to be replaced. 
BUT, ALL the silver going bad at one time?!
NO

Let's take the 2 fillings below as an example. 
This filling I WOULD replace. 
The border between the filling and the tooth is 
deteriorating and allowing bacteria to get down into the tooth. 


This metal filling I would NOT replace.
You can see that the border is perfectly sound. 
There is no reason to inject the patient with drugs, 
and further traumatize the tooth by drilling into it to
remove a filling that is serving its' purpose just fine. 


And NO there is no clinically proven studies that show that 
keeping silver fillings in your mouth is dangerous to your health. 
I will post a link below by the American Dental Association. 




Monday, October 24, 2016

Dental Advertising

You all have seen the billboards.
You've received the ads in the mail. 

Dentists advertising half price treatments. 
Offering cleanings, and/or whitenings for life. 

Why do they do it? 
Should you answer the ad? 
Are there any catches?






Thursday, September 29, 2016

My child hasn't lost any teeth yet. Should I be worried?

I get lots of anxious parents coming into my office asking me
if they should be worried about their child who hasn't lost any teeth yet.

We live in a society built on comparisons. 
We can't help it. 
You think your home is big .... until the neighbors build one bigger. 
You think your car is awesome ...... until the new model comes out.
Etc Etc Etc

So that is what is happening with most of these parents. 
They think that their kid is normal ..... but then they see the neighbor's
kids loosing teeth and they start to question their kid's normalcy. 

Well parents, just relax. 
In about 97.625% of cases your kid's teeth will fall out on their own
and everything will turn out totally okay. 
In a few cases, not many, your child may need help getting their teeth out. 

Here is a chart to give you the AVERAGE age a child will lose their teeth.
Remember this is a AVERAGE (see how I am typing it in caps ; )
That means that half of kids will be older then the graph suggests
and half will be older.