Dentistry

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

My Child has a loose Permanent Front Tooth.

I received an e-mail at drmax@drmaxwood.com from a C. Biswas in another country asking for advice on a dental problem their child was having.  The problem was that the milk tooth (baby tooth) had been lost and the permanent front tooth (central incisor) had replaced it, but the tooth had become loose.  The child’s parent […]

Fillings: Their purposes and Procedures.

When a tooth has damaged tooth structure, either from decay, physical trauma, or a defect in the tooth structure itself, it becomes necessary to restore that damaged area of the tooth.  When we have any of the above situations with our teeth, the teeth are weakened.   A filling replaces or repairs the damaged tooth structure, […]

What is Periodontal, or Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as periodontitis, is a generalized term for any inflammatory and infectious disease that affects the gums and supportive tissue surrounding the teeth.  The gingival (gum) changes are the same as those that occur with gingivits, with same clinical signs as gingivitis If gingivitis is left untreated and the accumulated plaque and […]

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a general term for any inflammation of the gingival (gum) tissue.   The primary cause of gingivitis is the build up of plaque and tartar on the teeth and especially around the gum tissue at the base of the teeth where the gum tissue and teeth meet.  The plaque and tartar secrete chemicals that […]