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 […]

What is a Crown and Why do I need one?

I get asked this question almost every time I tell a patient that they need a crown.  The word crown actually has 2 meanings in dentistry.  First, the crown of the tooth is that part of the tooth that is visible in the mouth and is covered by enamel.  The second definition pertains to the […]

My Child has a loose Permanent Front Tooth.

I received an e-mail at 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 […]

The Four Parts of a Tooth

As I talk to my patients and explain what is taking place in their mouths, many times I need to explain that the teeth have 4 basic parts.  They are the enamel, the dentin, the cementum, and the pulp tissue.  Each has its own unique structure and purpose. The enamel is the  hard, glistening tissue […]

Permanent Molars:Teething-Round 2?

Mosby’s Dental Dictionary limits the definition of teething to the eruption of the primary, or baby teeth.  My personal feeling is that the definition should include any tooth erupting into a previously unoccupied space in the mouth.  This definition would then include all of the permanent molars.  The permanent molars erupt about every 6 years.  […]