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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Science Journals

top 100 dental implant journals

What dental journals can we trust? Work in progress.   Science based medicine is a nice website with many articles trying to eliminate the emotional and irrational side of the human thought process.  The dentistry section is linked but there is good stuff on over screening in general.  It’s human nature to see x test […]

Flowable composite options

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What are the current flowable composite options? In the past I have been very critical of flowable composites, especially in the use of sealants as I would constantly see sealants that were broken or chipped.  A leaking sealant is worse than no sealant and within a year or so I would see at least one […]

6 month Braces


If you are an adult, you have likely heard of this term called “6 month braces” or “6 month smiles.” As an orthodontist, let me assure you that this is not an appropriate modality of treatment when you are trying to get your teeth fixed. I am posting this blog because of the amount of […]

Cracked tooth root canal


Case of the week                                     Cracked tooth syndrome I chose this case this week because it, like many cracked tooth syndrome teeth, was difficult to diagnose and caused significant suffering for the patient prior to extraction. Liza came to see me on a Monday in severe pain in her upper right jaw.  As with most cracked […]

downside dental sealants


 Why I don’t like sealants There is a popular saying on dentaltown about sealants; “dental sealants work great on people that don’t need them”.  The basic idea of taking our worst material, flowable has the highest contraction rate, and bonding it to an impossible to fully clean surface due to deep grooves is flawed from […]

Dr. Oz dental advice

Dr. Oz’s  Teeth Whitening Home Remedy    Please DO NOT DO!!!! Ingredients Baking Soda Lemon Please do not follow this recommendation.  Professional and store bought whitening is nothing more than hydrogen peroxide, the stuff in brown bottles you buy for cuts.  It’s safe and effective, why mess with that?  The reason his remedy is so bad […]