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Crowns on baby teeth.

I had a patient come in and mention that his little brother had just had 3 crowns done on baby teeth.  His opinion was that this was a total waste of his parents money.  He asked me, “Why would anyone pay that kind of money to  have a crown put on a tooth that is […]

The 4 keys to making complete dentures fit properly.

As stated in my previous blog, one of the hardest procedures for my patients to adjust to is going from their own natural dentition (teeth) to an artificial dentition, false teeth or dentures.  The keys to making this transition as successful as possible are the steps taken to make the dentures.  As stated before, the […]

Full, or Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are dental prothesises, or appliances that replaces all of the natural teeth on either the upper, and/or lower jaw.  These are made of acrylic resin and have either plastic, or porcelain teeth embedded in the acrylic resin base.  Dentures are supported by the mucosa (tissue) that covers the bone, or can be attached […]

What is TMJ?

TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint.  This is the joint between the temporal bones of the skull and the mandible (lower jaw).  This a joint held in place by a joint capsule and ligaments.  There is also a small disk of cartilage that sits between the glenoid fossa in the temporal bone of the skull […]

Tooth eruption-a general timetable of eruption of teeth.

Many parents ask me when they should expect their child’s teeth to erupt, or come in; or when will their child should lose a certain baby tooth.  Every child’s dental development is different, but there is a general time frame for the eruption and/or loss of teeth as the child develops. In infants, the baby […]

Tooth Pain: Cracked tooth syndrome

A cracked tooth is such a common occurring problem that it has its own syndrome named after it.  Cracked tooth syndrome is a term used for a transient (not long lasting) acute pain experienced occasionally while chewing.  It is sometimes difficult to locate and reproduce.  It is most likely to occur among individuals who crack […]

Tooth pain due to Sinus problems.

This is a timely blog because it is about this time of year that we see a lot of patients that come in with pain that is due to sinus problems and not dental issues.  This is a year round problem due to allergies, colds, and sinus infections, but seems more prevalent in the spring […]

Dental pain: Hypersensitivity (extremely sensitive teeth).

Dental hypersensitivity is defined as an adverse reaction to contact with specific substances in quantities that usually produce no reaction in most individual.  It can also be an allergic tendency to contact with specific substances and usually has an unusual violent, or intense  reaction.  Hypersensitivity can be divided into 2 types: 1) immediate; and 2) […]

Tooth pain: what you need to tell your dentist.

Probably the most frustrating thing for both patient and dentist is when the patient has been having dental pain and the dentist is unable to tell them why they were having the dental pain.  The most common reason for this because of the amount of time between the dental pain and the patient’s visit to […]

My child has lost a permanent front tooth, what should I do?

This is a follow up blog to the one about a child with a loose permanent front tooth.  I received an e-mail saying that their 8 year old had just lost their permanent front tooth and asked me what could be done to treat this problem.  This is a difficult situation because the child is […]