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PROTECTING MOLAR SURFACES

July 31st, 2014

The chewing surfaces of the molar teeth are made more effective by an irregular pattern of grooves and protuberances (called pits, fissures, and cusps) which allow you to properly grind your food. However, these pits and fissures can often become a very susceptible place for the entrapment of food debris. Read More »

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 »

ABFRACTIONS

March 26th, 2014

Don’t get nervous, this isn’t a mathematics article.  Abfractions are a common finding in middle aged to older adults.  We often notice grooves at the necks of the teeth near the gum line, especially if there is some gum recession.  These are usually not symptomatic, although some patients notice some cold sensitivity. 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 »

CRACKED TOOTH SYNDROME

August 30th, 2012

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 »

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 »

Protecting Molar Surfaces

October 2nd, 2010

The chewing surfaces of the molar teeth are made more effective by an irregular pattern of grooves and protuberances (called pits, fissures, and cusps) which allow you to properly grind your food.  However, these pits and fissures can often become a very      susceptible place for the entrapment of food debris.  This food debris can lead to the production of bacterial plaque, which can then lead to the formation of a cavity on the biting surface of the molar.  Pit and fissure sealants are an effective means of protecting these surfaces and preventing decay.  In molars where the pits and fissures are deep and difficult to keep clean, the sealant will “block out” the deepest areas, making it more difficult for the bacterial plaque to stick to the tooth’s biting surface. Read More »

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