Tag: Cleans

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The Dental Ultrasonic

What is the noise? What was that? – Patients will often ask these question before or after the use of a dental device called the dental ultrasonic. The Dental Clean: Ultrasonic One of the first stages of a dental clean is the use of a device called an ultrasonic. An ultrasonic is a hand piece tool with different...

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Is this Star Wars? What is that Shiny Blue Light?

Every wonder what your dentist is doing with that shiny blue light during your filling? How does that help? Depending on the type of filling your dentist is placing, you may need to have your filling cured. What does it mean to cure a filling?  Dental Resin Composite are filling materials that come in a...

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Dental Bite Check: “Tap, Tap, Tap”

Tap, Tap, Tap A new filling and the dentist is again asking you to tap your teeth together, the go side to side, and back and forth. Seems more like a a dance than checking a filling. What is the dentist doing to check the bite? How does the dentist know if the bite will...

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What is a Orthodontic Retainer?

Orthodontics: Braces are Finished!  So you orthodontic treatment is finally complete, and your braces have just be taken off! Everything is looking perfect, and that is the way we want to keep things. One common approach to hold the teeth in their exact position after braces are removed is through the use of an orthodontic retainer. An...

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The Hot Tooth Explained

What does it mean to have a “Hot” Tooth? The term a “Hot Tooth” is generally used for patients who have had a very painful tooth, and upon treatment is persistently stubborn to fully anesthetize. In some cases despite the area being profoundly “numb”, on commencement of treatment (root treatment) some residual sensation is still...

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Space Dentistry: The Effects Of Space on Our Teeth

  Space Dentistry  Interesting Facts About Our Teeth and Space: Effects of Space Environment on the Oral Cavity: It has been found that being in space has the ability to increase our levels of dental plaque. Further the levels of tartar or calculus build-up has also been found to be increased. Levels of Gingival inflammation...

Caries Prevention Modalities
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Caries Prevention Modalities

Fluoride exposure must first be considered in an optimal environment, individual drinking water should be around 0.7-1.2mg/L, it has been found that non-fluoridated communities are in the range of 0-0.3 mg/L.  To remedy this other methods must be considered to help protect the teeth; fluoridated(F-) tooth paste, F-mouth rinses, F- their own water, higher recall...

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The Unrestorable Tooth – Extractions & More

  The Unrestorable Tooth – Extractions & More In some cases a tooth may be so heavily broken down; either through tooth decay, fracture, or trauma, it may not be possible to provide a long term restorable option with the available tooth structure. In these instances it may be best to consider options of either...

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Fissure Sealants

What is a Fissure Sealant? Naturally the teeth have grooves and troughs, these are the valleys in between the cusps on the teeth. These grooves vary tooth to tooth. For individuals who are at high risk for cavities these grooves become a perfect spot for food and subsequently bacteria to infiltrate. In most cases, it...