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Enlarged tongue

enlarged tongue

Enlarged tongue An enlarged tongue can be a natural process or a sign of something. This post is simply here to provide a differential diagnosis for those with enlarged tongues. Enlarged tongue differential diagnosis Most will be simply enlarged because the patient has been living without posterior teeth and the tongue has grown to fill […]

Dental volunteer organizations

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Organizations that dentists can volunteer their time to Freedom Day USA, a national Thank You Movement for the members of our military and their immediate families, along with Veterans. Each business participant is providing a thank you gift, in the form of free services, goods, discounts, and various other offers. A complete list of local […]

Dental tourism risks

dental tourism infection

Dental tourism risks and dental implant dental tourism risks Dental tourism risks are very real and there is no recourse for patients that have bad work or end up with major infections or permanent damage or nerve damage. All on 4 and dental implants are the highest risk of having major problems. Most patients looking […]

Black band on tooth

black staining on extracted teeth

Black band on an extracted tooth? A black band on an extracted tooth is most often seen from tetracycline staining. Typically we see it on a wisdom tooth of a young adult or late teen that took acne medication. What causes the black staining on the extracted tooth? The primary cause is tetracycline or similar […]

Pearl Network dentist

PEARL network dentist

PEARL Network Dentist PEARL network dentist is a dentist that participates in research in private practice through the national organization. What is a PEARL network dentist? First of all, PEARL stands for Practitioners Engaged in Applied Research and Learning and that is a good definition as well. The dentists that are in the PEARL network […]

Dental psychology

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Dental psychology that I like Dental psychology or really just psychology that I find that interests me personally. Dunning–Kruger effect Dunning-Kruger is a failure of metacognition, the ability to gauge what you know and what you don’t know. Although the Dunning–Kruger effect was formulated in 1999, Dunning and Kruger have noted earlier observations along similar […]

Bioactive dental materials

Bioactive dental materials calcium silicate calcium aluminate

What are Bioactive dental materials? Bioactive dental materials release compounds that help regenerate or maintain dental structures. In the past fluoride release was the only mineral that was in bioactive materials. Today we have materials that also release calcium and phosphate ions. Dentists use bioactive materials to remineralize dentin, repair bony defect, and maintain dental […]

Oral dysesthesia

oral dysesthesia

Oral dysesthesia – What is it? Oral dysesthesia is a challenging condition for both doctors and patients. It is a painful or unpleasant abnormal sensation that is classified into 2 categories of spontaneous or evoked. The pain is what differentiates this condition from paresthesia. Other difficult conditions in dentistry that may be similar to oral […]

Crown vs filling

Crown vs filling

Crown vs filling – when do we do crown and when do we do a filling? Crown vs filling is a very tough thing to decide. Nearly every dentist has their own criteria and that criteria is highly subjective. The same dentist may not even have the same recommendations from year to year and forget […]

Magic mouthwash

Magic mouthwash alternative

Magic mouthwash or miracle mouthwash Magic mouthwash is an umbrella term for a compounded mouthwash that doctors use to treat mouth sores.  The term miracle mouthwash is one we commonly use as well. Most often someone will use them during chemo treatment if they develop mouth sores or if they have a medical condition or […]

Orthodontic treatment and quality of life

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Orthodontic Research This is a collection of orthodontic research that we find interesting. Does orthodontic treatment impact your quality of life?  YES!! Well common sense might tell you that a more attractive smile will likely help you in similar ways that other things that make you attractive do.  Self-esteem and self-confidence, for better or worse, […]

Reduction coping

reduction coping dental lab

Reduction coping Reduction coping is useful for us dentists if we need more room for a dental crown after we already prepped and impressed the tooth. This most often occurs on second molars as it is difficult to properly evaluate the clearance of a second molar. To me personally it also happens more often on […]