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Tooth gem

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Thinking about getting a tooth gem? Tooth gems can be a fun non-permanent way to personalize your smile! How do we place tooth gems? We use the same bonding steps that a dentists uses when placing a white filling or braces. There is a weak acid that etches the tooth. Then a bonding agent helps […]

Black tongue

black tongue

What are the causes for a black tongue? A black tongue can result from a number of different causes. No matter the cause better hygiene can improve the condition, that means using a tongue scraper daily. The main cause of a black tongue is a susceptible person who is not cleaning their tongue. Susceptible individuals […]

Mistakes wearing surgical masks

Mistakes wearing surgical masks

Top mistakes wearing surgical masks during a pandemic or flu season. Mistakes wearing surgical masks are rampant and we see them everywhere. Let’s fix a few easy ones. Is wearing a mask during a pandemic helpful? The research is not great but seems to point to the answer being yes according to BMJ 2020 Greenhalgh. […]

Impression issues

dental impression failure

PVS dental impression problems Dental impression problems will arise no matter how experienced you are or what material you use. However, with experience and knowledge the number of issues decreases significantly. Dental impression problems that have to do with materials These can be unavoidable. Perhaps the material was in an area of the office that […]

Stitch out

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Dental stitch fell out, now what? Dental stitch fell out and you don’t know what to do? Well you will need to contact your dentist to know for sure if that is OK or not. However, we can tell you in general what you need to do and if it is OK. Are you sure […]

Dental aerosol evacuation

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Best methods for dental aerosol evacuation Dental aerosol evacuation or reduction is a major issue with the COVID-19 virus and dentists are buying up all kinds of filtration devices without any testing or knowledge of effectiveness. Why is dental aerosol dangerous? Dental aerosols are small droplets which remain suspended in air and consist of blood, […]

All on 3

all on 3

What is an all on 3? All on 3 is the short name for an implant supported prosthesis that is only on 3 implants instead of the traditional minimum of 4. It is definitely more controversial but seems to work well in the lower jaw. All on 3 (AO3) research An AO3 works according to […]

ADA codes 2020

ADA dental code 2020 changes

ADA dental code changes for 2020 Information about new ADA code changes for 2020. 2019 codes are in another post. What are the changes this year? A lot of the changes have to do with re-cementing space maintainers or orthodontic appliances and could have been left the same. Many deal with titanium crowns, which I […]