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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
Is chromogenic bacteria the cause for black stain on children’s teeth? Chromogenic bacteria is the primary cause for black stain on children’s teeth. We see it almost exclusively on children and it is fairly common. What is chromogenic bacteria? There are several species of bacteria that we all carry in the upper respiratory tract. They […]
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 […]
A list of a few of the less common dental soft tissue lesions Dental soft tissue lesions that I think are interesting. Epulis granulomatosa Epulis granulomatosa is found in poorly healing post extraction sites. The lesion just needs excision.
The bifurcated inferior alveolar nerve (IAN) Bifurcation of the inferior alveolar nerve is a common anatomical variance but can be difficult to detect. How common is a bifurcated IAN? It most likely occurs between 13-37%, which you can find in Yoon Gen Dent 2018. This is a wide range and there is almost certainly going […]
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 […]
Air abrasion use in dentistry Air abrasion use in dentistry is a nice tool with various applications from hygiene, clinical, and laboratory. What are the different materials in use for air abrasion? The material choice decides what the goal of air abrasion is. The more coarse material is the more it cuts into tooth structure. […]
Dental art, drawing, and artwork that we enjoy Really like William J O’Brien’s ceramics and paintings.
What is a dental pulp cap procedure? Dental pulp cap is the partial removal of the dental pulpal tissue and placement of a restorative material over the top of the exposure. Historically there are several pulp capping materials but today MTA and Biodentine dominate the direct pulp cap research Calcium hydroxide was traditionally the product […]
Do you have a yellow spot on your tooth? A yellow spot on your tooth is definitely something that a dentist can fix for you. What is the yellow spot? If it has always been there then there is a good chance it is enamel hypominerlization. However, if the yellow stain is newer than it […]
What is a root amputation, root resection and a hemisection? Root amputation and root resection are synonyms for each other. Root resection and root hemisection are often found online together because the procedure itself is similar. However, the reason for using either treatment is very different. What’s a root resection or root amputation? A root […]
What is an all on x implant denture vs. all on x implant bridge? All on x implant denture or all on x implant bridge are similar terms that we use to describe a prosthesis that patients wear to replace an entire jaw of missing teeth. The prosthesis stays in at all times, only the […]