Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Now you see it.

Some things in the field of dentistry are very hard to do.
Others are not.

In order to up your chances of having your dental needs
stay very small it is best to go to the dentist on a regular basis.

Here is a prime example.

This tooth started off with a little bit of stain in the grooves.
The patient came in regularly enough that as soon as it 
went from stain to decay we were able to treat it 
quickly and without any anesthetic at all.



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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Closing the gap.

Here are some pictures of a patient that we saw today.

The patient has always wanted to get the gaps in his teeth fixed
but has been hesitant to go through the process of braces.

Today we only did the front two teeth in order to see
if the patient wanted to proceed with filling the rest of the gaps.



This procedure took about 30 minutes and the patient needed to shots at all.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Some "Dental" things to be thankful for.

Something to be thankful for
 As it is still the Thanksgiving season I thought that I would put down some things that I thing we would all be grateful for when it comes to dentistry.
First off is anesthetic. Yes, I know that everyone hates that numb lip and tongue feeling. And that no one likes to drool all over themselves.
However, before the invention of anesthetics it was just, wait until you are in so much pain that you can barely stand it and then hang on for dear life as your tooth got ripped from your head.
Another thing that we can all be thankful for is the creation of schools where dental professionals can be educated and trained.
Before Dental Schools it was typically the duty of the local barber to take out your teeth. Now don’t get me wrong, I love the local barber. But, the only reason that it was him taking out the teeth was not due to his dental ability. It was because he was the only one in town that had a chair that would lay back. Yikes.
Technology is another thing to be thankful for. The first dental implant ever recorded was in 600 A.D. by the Maya people of America. It was a 20 year old women who had pieces of seashell stuffed into the sockets of her lower jaw after getting her teeth taken out.
The first dental x-ray took 30 minutes of radiation exposure. Some folks are worried about 100ths of seconds of radiation. Imagine having the dentist put the x-ray tube up against your head, turning it on, and leaving for a quick lunch?!
Moral of the story is that we have a lot to be thankful for. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Do I need a crown on my tooth?

Every instance is different but here is a tooth with multiple problems
that did not end up needing a crown.

The filling is experiencing some break down around the edges
and a case could be made to replace it.

What gives this tooth the added need to be worked on
is the hole that you can see in the bottom left of the tooth.

This tooth for sure needs a makeover now.

Our filing material of choice is the newer white filling material. 
It wears great, looks great, and polishes very well.

Not all teeth like this can be fixed without the use of a crown but
this one did and the patient was very happy.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Is there an easy way to floss?

Asking if there is an easier way to floss is like asking if there is an
easy way to do a sit-up. Both of them simply are what they are.
There are little tricks and tips and things out there that you may
think make it a little easier to do, but in the end it just comes 
down to just bucking up and doing it.

Here are 2 examples of good old regular floss.
There are some differences in widths but this floss is pretty standard.

Here are 2 examples of floss on a handle.
These types of floss are becoming pretty popular due to the fact
that you don't have to wrap floss around your fingers and 
cut off all the blood flow during flossing.

And here are some examples of companies trying to do whatever they can
to make money (oops, I mean, Help you floss).

 Bottom line is you just need to do it. 
There is no replacement for flossing. 
If you hate going to the dentist to get cavities filled
then any one of these should become one of your best friends.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

How long can I go with a cracked tooth?

Okay your dentist just told you that your tooth is cracked.
He/She just told you that you need a crown.
Your first question is, "How long can I wait to get this crown"?

Well, here is the answer.

It totally depends.
A crack in a tooth will not stop on its own.
It will continue to progress until the tooth fractures.
What will continue to move the crack is chewing on the tooth that is cracked.
Therefore, if you stop chewing the crack will stop moving.
An all liquid diet will allow you to keep the crack from moving.
(Little side note here: grinding, even without
food in your mouth, can cause a crack to move as well.)

But unless you do that then the dentist has no idea how long until the tooth will fracture.

Bottom line is this, get your teeth fixed as soon as possible.
Financing the work is always a factor and maybe it can't get done right away.
Just know that the dentist has no way of predicting when and where you tooth will break.

If your dentist tells you you have a crack just be very careful.

Monday, November 5, 2012

You have to go get your shots now.

This post is not meant to be a lecture on how to raise children.

And trust me when I tell you that I do my share of threatening.
"You won't get any desert if you don't eat your beans."
"You wont get to watch the movie if you don't finish your chores."

The threatening that I am talking about is threatening your children
that they will have to get stabbed in the mouth with a needle by
the horrible mean dentist if they do not brush their teeth.

You may laugh, but it happens ALL THE TIME.
Children come in to get one simple cavity filled and they are out of
control and crying before they even walk through the door.
Their parents have scared them so badly that just the site of me sends
them into a screaming fit.

This wouldn't be so bad if the parent would then help me calm them down.
But that, usually, does not happen.
The parent will sit out in the waiting room and say things like....
"You knew this was going to happen" or
"Okay, you have to go get your shots now" or
"Don't cry, I told you he would drill on you if you didn't brush"

Do any of you know how hard it is for me at that point?
Do any of you know how hard it is on the child at that point?

Not only is it hard right then but this kind of thing will build an emotional
wall in that child that may remain for the rest of their life.
Most people that hate to come to the dentist due to experiences
when they were little children.

Bottom line is this.
If you can't get your children to brush their teeth by saying please or by using some
other type of positive reinforcement that is fine. Threatening to cut off the
x-box is, in my mind, a fine thing to do.

Just don't tell them how horrifying it will be to see the dentist.
It will makes things that much worse now, and later on down the road as well.