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Dental psychology

four stages of competence

Dental psychology that I like Dental psychology or really just psychology that I find that interests me personally. Dunning–Kruger effect Although the Dunning–Kruger effect was formulated in 1999, Dunning and Kruger have noted earlier observations along similar lines by philosophers and scientists, including Confucius (“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance”),[2] Bertrand […]

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 […]

Accidental tooth bud extraction

accidental tooth bud extraction during primary tooth removal

What to do for an accidental tooth bud extraction during primary tooth removal? Accidental tooth bud extraction during removal of a primary tooth can occur. When it does it is important to replace the tooth bud into socket quickly. How do you replace the accidental tooth bud extraction into the socket? Step one of replacing […]

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, […]

Turmeric stain teeth

turmeric stain teeth

Does turmeric stain teeth and dental work? Turmeric stain teeth and dental work and that’s the bottom line. Spices stain teeth and dental appliances – turmeric stain teeth, curry stains teeth, anything with turmeric in it stains teeth! I have personal experience with this from trying to eat curry, which has turmeric in it. My […]

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 […]

Opaquer dental

opaquer dental

Comparison of different opaquer dental materials Opaquer dental materials are made to block out dark metal in dentistry. As a result we often use dental opaquers for endodontic access on a crown that has metal like a PFM or on metal abutments for dental implants. Comparison of 5 opaquer dental materials My favorite opaquer for […]

Porcelain veneers and composite veneers

Composite veneers and porcelain veneers

Thinking of porcelain veneers or composite veneers? What is the difference between porcelain dental veneers and composite dental veneers? Well this weeks case of the week we ended up using both styles of dental veneers and crowns for Greg. Greg had some issues with decay around an old veneer in front.  Although esthetics was not […]