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Bleeding Gums

Do you have bleeding gums? During your initial, and subsequent annual dental exams, your dentist may be measuring your bleeding gums and read out your numbers. Why? This is used to determine your gum tissue health and that of the underlying supporting bone. A 1-3mm space (or “pocket”) is normal; a 3-5mm pocket indicates there […]

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The Science Behind Your Toothache

  You might be wondering why your toothache is worse at night when you are trying to sleep. Although there are many types of toothaches, the irreversible toothache is the one that is common to disrupt your sleep at night. It is irreversible because the nerve has been inflamed beyond repair. This is different than […]

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Dental Implant Surgical Guides and Stents: What are they and why are they used?

Dental implant surgical guides and stents are used to position dental implants (root form); to ensure that the implant is placed in the most ideal location, angulation and depth into the bone.  They are usually made out of clear acrylic and fit over your existing teeth and or pink gum tissue.   A surgical guide […]

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Dental Bridge Options for Your Missing Teeth

A dental bridge may serve many purposes—they replace teeth that are lost, they prevent the migration of teeth into the “empty space,” and they improve chewing efficiency. Despite the varieties of dental bridges available, there are common engineering principals that apply. The “abutments” (the “pillars” at each end) must be in solid bone or foundation, […]

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Dental implants: who do I choose to place mine?

It seems that almost every dentist claims to place dental implants. With so many choices, patients are often lost as to whom they should.  As the old saying goes, “Buyer Beware!” Not all dentists are the same. Some are family general dentists, while others have gone through addition training and residency at an accredited dental […]

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Dental Reconstruction by a Prosthodontist Due to Trauma

  Trauma to the head, whether it’s from a sports related injury, an automobile accident, or any unexpected event (such a fight or fall), may lead to a loss of tooth structure, several teeth, or even the underlying foundation of bone. Dental reconstruction of these cases proves to be the most difficult. Great care, by […]

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TMJ; What can happen when you lose your teeth? Part 2

In additional to a change in facial dimensional proportion and shape, the loss of one or multiple teeth can cause jaw joint dysfunction (TMJ disorders). The musculature, ligaments, and cartilage around your left and right TMJ’s work in tandem to create a harmonious gliding and sliding motion. However, when your bite is skewed due to […]

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Tooth Loss: What can happen if you lose your teeth? Part 1

When your tooth is lost due to decay, gum disease, or other reasons, the adjacent teeth can start to migrate into that space.  Furthermore the opposing teeth can drift into that space also.  Soon enough, your teeth become miss-aligned and you have biting issues, leading to headaches or worse. When multiple back teeth are lost […]

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Dental Crowns : Why Does My New One Not Match the Old?

Imagine re-painting just ONE wall in a room.  A different batch of paint with the same color will still create discrepancy. Similarly, dental crowns that are fabricated at different times may not look identical.   This may be due to different batches of restorative materials being used, or a different type of restorative material altogether. In […]

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Do I have Occlusal Disease?

When patients think of “diseases” of the mouth, they generally think of decay, or gum disease. Rarely, do they think of occlusal disease. Just what is this condition? In short, it is a mal-alignment of your upper and lower jaw. Your front teeth are meant for incising, or cutting; while your back teeth are meant for […]

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