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 […]

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) […]

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 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, […]

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 […]

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is probably one of the most asked about subjects in our dental office.  It is second only to questions about dental insurance and financial matters.  Whitening, or bleaching of the teeth is done by placing a chemical solution on the enamel of the teeth and letting it alter the the appearance of enamel […]