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EVOLUTION OF THE DENTAL CROWN

June 18th, 2014

When teeth have lost a significant portion of their structure to decay or trauma, a dental crown (sometimes referred to as a cap) is indicated for long term protection and functional rebuilding of the tooth.  This treatment has been done for thousands of years.  Crowns and bridges go back to the ancient Etruscans in about 200 AD and, as with everything else, the process keeps getting refined and materials keep changing. Read More »

DENTAL CARE AT MY AGE?

June 4th, 2014

Unfortunately, as we reach the “Golden years”, all our previous dental treatment may begin to catch up with us.  Fillings done years before become brittle and need replacement and periodontal problems may even cause some tooth loss.  By the age of retirement, usually still considered to be 65 by many, there may be some need for some dental work that may be somewhat expensive. Read More »

FILLING OR CROWN

February 14th, 2013

When a tooth has a need for restoration, your dentist will use many criteria to decide on the recommended course of treatment.  In today’s dental world, there are usually multiple options for treatment of any tooth.  We will use several criteria to suggest what we believe to be the best treatment for any one patient.  Remember, of course, that everyone is different. Read More »

CRACKED TOOTH SYNDROME

February 6th, 2013

Do you have a tooth that only hurts occasionally, usually with biting on something hard or chewy?  The pain may often be hard to localize and doesn’t last long.  In fact, it may be more of an annoyance than a real problem and you may choose not to visit your dentist right away.  This might be a mistake. Read More »

WHAT TYPE OF CROWN

September 27th, 2012

When a tooth has been extensively filled or decayed, often the treatment of choice is to place a crown (sometimes referred to as a cap).  Crowns cover the entire surface of the tooth and provide strength that resists further breakage with normal function.  But what material is best? Read More »

YOUR SMILE AND YOUR HEALTH

July 30th, 2012

Did you know that one of the first things that people notice about you is your smile? In study after study, the smile was at or near the top of the list in everything from job interviews to political campaigns. Read More »

A Fractured Front Tooth

May 25th, 2012

There are many times when a patient comes to the dental office seeking treatment for a fractured front tooth.  The causes are varied, with direct trauma from an accident or  a sports related injury, or tooth structure weakened by decay, being common culprits. Read More »

TOOTH COLORED VERSUS SILVER FILLINGS

March 29th, 2012

Restoring the back teeth, especially the molars, may present you with a choice.  Silver or tooth colored (composite) filling?  Which is better and why? Read More »

ICE CHEWING

December 15th, 2011

Did you ever stop to think, “What might cause teeth to fracture?”  Well, it turns out that there are several factors that can weaken and stress teeth beyond their breaking point. Read More »

Not So Extreme Makeovers

October 21st, 2011

Have you been watching the make over shows lately?  They portray some quite remarkable and amazing transformations of individuals who want to improve their overall esthetic appearance.  This is done in the “Many weeks condensed to one hour” format that only television can provide.  But how realistic is the result? Read More »

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